DIY a Simple Crib Skirt That Grows with Your Child
I’ve had plans for quite some time to make a crib skirt for our little girl’s crib…but thought it would be a much bigger project than it turned out to be. I found this great tutorial online that’s not only easy, but it also makes sense for her as she grows.
Most crib skirts are one piece, so they fit really nicely when the crib mattress is on the highest setting. But as your baby grows, you move the mattress down (so he/she doesn’t jump out), and your crib skirt ends up pooling on the ground. With this tutorial, each piece is separate, so you can move them in as your mattress gets lower — keeping the skirt looking tight and clean.
What you Will need:
- 2 yards of fabric
- Sewing machine
Measure the long and short sides of your crib, then measure the distance between the floor and the bottom of the mattress. This will allow you to figure out the dimensions of three pieces of fabric you will be cutting.
My dimensions were:
Short side: 30 inches
Long side: 52 inches
Height: 17 inches
Then, add 2 inches to the height to account for wrapping your skirt over the spring board, and add 1/2 inch to each side for seam allowance. Here’s what my final cutting dimensions became after I added these allowances:
2 Short Side Pieces: 31 inches wide x 20 inches tall
1 Long Side Piece: 53 inches wide x 20 inches tall
Now iron, pin, and sew 1/2-inch seams on all four sides of all three pieces. And that’s about as hard as this gets!
Next, you can either tack or use those little binder clips to attach your pieces to the spring piece under your crib mattress. I used the binder clips so I can move them as we move the mattress down.
Very easy — and very cute! And it’s way less expensive than buying a pre-made crib skirt.
And don’t worry — I’m not going to have pillows in with our little baby, and I still need to get all the waterproof covers, etc, etc. I just wanted to style the crib up a little bit for the photo shoot. :)