How to Make a Baby Crib Skirt

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A baby crib skirt adds a cute touch to the décor of a nursery. The ruffled skirt also allows you to store items under the crib without cluttering up the look of the room. Crib styles vary greatly, but they all have one thing in common: a spring or other base upon which the mattress lies. This crib skirt features a rectangle of fabric the size of the crib mattress to which a skirt in a custom length is sewn. The ruffle is separated into four sections to accommodate the crib legs. You don't have to attach anything permanently to the crib, and you can pull the skirt off as easily as taking off a sheet to throw it into the washing machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Lightweight fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Measure the length and width of-the crib base that the mattress lies on. Cut a rectangle of fabric ½-inch larger all around.

  • Measure the distance from the top of the mattress base to the floor. Add 2 inches. Cut four pieces of fabric at this width, two pieces three times as long as the mattress base's length and two pieces three times as long as the mattress base's width. The long pieces go across the front and back of the crib. The short pieces go across the foot and head of the crib.

  • For each piece, create a narrow hem on each short end by turning over ½-inch twice and stitching down. These are the ends that will be at the corners. Also on each piece, fold up ½-inch and then 1-inch on one long edge to create a bottom hem.

  • Using a gathering attachment on your sewing machine, or by sewing long, loose stitches and pulling on the threads to manually bunch up the fabric, gather along the unfinished edge of one long piece until its ruffled length is that of the front of the mattress base piece. Repeat for each of the other three pieces, matching the length to its coordinating side.

  • With right sides together, pin the gathered pieces to the four sides of the rectangle. Using ½-inch seams, sew each piece to the rectangle. Use a zig-zag stitch to sew over raw edges to prevent raveling.

  • Lay the rectangle on the mattress base, allowing the ruffled edges to fall to the floor. Put the mattress over the rectangle of fabric.

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