Hello there! Hope you all have been having a fabulous week! Today I am going to show you how easy it is to create your very own crib skirt. I am not the type to like “theme” bedspreads so naturally when I was trying to figure out how I was going to decorate my littlest’s nursery, I knew I was was going to do it myself. I wanted something easy because I knew I wasn’t going to use it forever, and easy it always good. So here is the play by play for the purdy little crib skirt….
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First you will need to pick the fabric of your choosing. I picked duck cloth because it has a little more weight than just cotton, but cotton will work fine. You can also use linen, it’s just a little harder to keep it ironed.
****Make sure you wash your fabric before you start anything. This ensures you have no shrinkage later and your skirt doesn’t look all jacked up****
The rest of the supplies:
- Fabric Scissors or Rotary Cutter
- Sewing Machine (the one I use)
- Fabric Tape Measure
- Iron-on hemming tape (for the no-sew option)
Okay so here are your measurements:
You will cut one piece 15″ x 54″ and the other 15″ x 27″ to get it the length and width you see in the picture. Just be mindful that at this height, the skirt will be too long when you place the mattress in the lowest setting. This is something you can always adjust later, but if you don’t want to bother, use the following measurements so that you don’t have to make adjustments as you move the mattress down over time:
10″ x 54″
10″ x 27″
Once you hem the borders the measurements will be about an inch less which is what you want.
The little V’s on the top of each panel in the picture indicate a ribbon which I will explain in a bit…
So first thing’s first – you need to sew the sides and the bottoms of each panel first. Leave the part of the fabric that will be the top part undone.
Take your fabric and fold. I would suggest you iron it so it stays in place.
Then fold over again.
Sew the double-folded borders, staying close to the inner fold. Do this to all 3 sides.
Then for the top part you fold like the rest, but this time you will add 7, 14″ inch long pieces of ribbon, folded in half by tucking them underneath the fold. See below.
Secure it with a pin. Then when you position all 7 ribbons, you will sew the seem. When you get to each ribbon you will flip the ribbon up as you are about to sew it. See below.
This is how it will look.
You do this so the ribbon sticks upward and not down behind the fabric since these are what you are going to use to attach it to the crib. Repeat this for all 3 panels.
****TIP, in order to keep these ribbons from fraying, I held a lighter near the ends and the ribbon tips melted and fuzed. No fraying till this day!****
When attaching the panels start with the sides. All you do is tie them to the springboard.
You want the fabric to come over the frame just a little bit. Then you do the front panel.
The front will overlap the side panels and that is okay. Here is the finished product.
Now if you don’t sew you can do the following:
You can use iron on hemming tape.
All you do is fold the fabric once over the tape.
And then iron over.
For the ribbon, you can cut a piece of tape and use it to fuse the ribbon onto the fabric or you can sew it on with a needle and thread….or if you are really lazy, you can use fabric glue.
I gotcha covered! 😉
And that’s really it. I even went above and beyond and made a matching basket insert.
This is where I keep her diapers next to the diaper changing pad (which I also covered myself).
Not bad for my first!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and if you are like me or know someone who is and doesn’t like any of the animal print nursery bedding, you can personalize your nursery by creating easy little touches like these and just keep the fitted sheets etc. neutral.
Here are some other great options for fabric for your baby’s bedding:
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I would love to hear your thoughts or if you have any questions, shoot them below!