Measure and Sew a Bedspread

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A simple bedspread is a rectangle of fabric. To make the "rectangle" wide enough, you will need to have seams. To achieve the best appearance, keep a wide center section and add a side section to each side of the center section.

Remember to add a seam allowance to each side of the center section width. Add a seam allowance and hem allowance to the width measurement of the side sections.

Adding piping to the seams is an opportunity to add contrast and makes the seams look as if they have a decorative purpose.

If a full width of fabric will be needed for each section, your fabric requirement will be three times the desired length of the bedspread plus an allowance for a hem on each end.

To keep the end corners from sagging on the floor, round them off, using a compass or plate before you hem the bottom.

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    Easy Bedspread

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    A top panel with straight sides is an easy bedspread and is best made from all-quilted fabric.

    The Top

    • Measure the top and create a top, allowing seam allowances for adding side drops on the bedspread.
    • A twin bed may require only one length of fabric.
    • Most beds will require seaming fabric to create a top that is wide enough for the bed. Divide the additional sides so that they are even on each side. Buy fabric according to how wide the side panels will need to be to determine if you will need two or three lengths of fabric to cover the length and width of the bed.
    • As long as the fabric print is the same horizontally and vertically, calculate the length you will need for the sides of the bed and how long the fabric will need to be, to go all the way around the bed.
    • Sew piping to the edge of the top piece to add a dividing line for the top and sides.
    • Sew the sides to the top with the right sides of the fabric together, using the piping stitching as a seam line.
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    Gathered Sides on a Bedspread

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    If you only want the top of the bedspread gathered, adding a gathered side and end piece add to the bedspread, but it does require extra fabric.

    Calculate the amount of fabric you would need for the sides if the sides and end were added as a straight piece of fabric. Double that amount to allow for gathering. Triple the amount if the fabric is very lightweight or you want extreme gathering.

    Attach the "ruffle" by sewing them to the top with the right sides together. Piping attached to the edge of the top of the bedspread helps keep a distinct divider between the top and gather.

    An alternative way to attach the gather is to hem both long edges of the ruffle and lay the wrong side of ruffle on the right side of the top, sewing just below the hem on the top of the ruffle, sewing it to the edge of the top with top-stitching. A double needle or two rows of stitching adds a nice touch.