How to Make a Flat Crib Skirt

Crib skirts are handy for hiding boxes and bins of toys or diapers. Flat crib skirts can look very modern, and they use less fabric than a gathered or ruffled crib skirt. Using less fabric means they are cheaper to make. You can put them together using a sewing machine, or simply use hemming tape to attach the entire skirt together.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Crib mattress
  • Linen or old fabric
  • Scissors
  • Bed skirt fabric
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine


    • 1

      Measure the crib mattress. You need the long and short side measurements. Cut out a rectangular piece of fabric to match this measurement. Most crib mattresses measure roughly 51 5/8 inches long by 27 1/4 inches wide. The fabric can be an inexpensive scrap, an old sheet or any other fabric you have, since it will not be seen. Put this fabric aside for now.

    • 2

      Measure from the metal part that holds the mattress down to where you want the skirt to fall. You can have it go all the way to the floor or stop a little higher.

    • 3

      Cut out four pieces of fabric for the crib skirt using your measurements. Add an inch to all your measurements. For example, if you want the skirt to fall 12 inches, cut two pieces 13 inches by 52 5/8 inches and two more 13 inches by 28 1/4 inches. Remember to use your actual crib mattress size, plus 1 inch.

    • 4

      Fold over all the sides a quarter inch press flat. Hem them, sewing close to the folded edge. Do this with all four skirt pieces. This gives your fabric a nice finished edge.

    • 5

      Lay the large skirt base on the floor with the right side facing up. Lay one skirt piece on top along the edge; use a piece that matches in length. For example, use a long skirt piece along the long base side. The right side should be facing down. Pin the two pieces of fabric together. Sew, using a half inch seam.

    • 6

      Repeat with the other three skirt pieces. Trim any loose threads and place the bed skirt on the metal mattress support. Place the mattress on top of the bed skirt base.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use hem tape instead of sewing the hem in around the skirt pieces if you do not sew.
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