The Easiest DIY Crib Skirt, EVER!

I just have to share this tutorial for making a crib skirt.

DIY crib skirt

Oh…you suck at sewing?

Guess what?!  This requires NO SEWING!  You can do it!  As long as you know how to iron… (You know…that chunky old thing your grandma used daily that just sits in the closet…yea that.  It’s an iron.)

This is so simple that you can use the same concept to make a bed skirt for your beds with one simple change.  I am so glad I decided to tackle this project for a few reasons:

  1. Mass-marketed crib skirts are either kinda lame or expensive.
  2. I will remember making something special for my little girl.
  3. The crib skirt is adjustable.
  4. I created a custom look.
  5. It’s stupidly easy.

Why make your crib skirt adjustable?  When you baby is tiny and the crib is at the highest setting, it looks great.  The problem is that as your precious cargo gets older, you will lower the mattress and the crib skirt will drag.  Put simply, this looks like crap.

Meet the adjustable crib skirt!

DIY crib skirt

What you will need:

  • 2 yards fabric 54-56 inches wide (I used this material but in stripes)
  • stitch witchery (JoAnn’s, Hancock, etc.)
  • measuring tape
  • iron
  • fabric pins
  • 10 strips of scrap fabric or ribbon

1. Measure your crib.

Take three measurements. Length of the longest side, lengths of the two shortest sides, and height to bottom of mattress when at its highest setting.

crib measurement

2. Cut your fabric.

You are going to add a few inches to make sure that your fabric overlaps when tied on crib and has extra for hemming.  You should have 3 rectangles, cut at these measurements:  (My material was 56 inches wide so I didn’t have to cut it for the long panel.)

  • Long panel (1): 56 (or 54 if your fabric is 54) x 18
  • Short panels (2): 28 (that’s half of 56) x 18

cut fabric

Since I suck at cutting anything in a straight line, I made little marks down the fabric about 5 inches apart so I had something to follow.

After I cut the panels, I added 1 inch to both side panels and 3 inches for the height (from the original measurements) to get my hem.  This gives you enough width (to hem the edges) and height (to allow for your panels to tie up and onto the metal spring frame.)

  • Long side: (original 51.5 x 14) (panel cut 56 x 18) = 52.5 x 17 after hem
  • Short side (2): (original 26 x 14) (panel cut 28 x 18) = 27 x 17 after hem

3. Hem your fabric.

Make a pencil mark to show where you want your hem to crease.

17 inch hem mark

Fold the fabric edges in so that your pencil mark is where you want your hem crease.

hem mark

Use your iron to make a crisp crease. Add a strip of the stitch witchery in the fold; it should measure the entire length of your fabric.

iron a seam

Line up the stitch witchery with the seam.  Fold the seam over and spray with water.  Lay a piece of scrap fabric over the seam and iron slowly.

how to hem without sewing

Repeat this process on 3 of 4 sides of all 3 panels.  There is no reason to hem the side that will be under the crib mattress.

4. Attach ties to each panel.

First, I put the panel in the crib so I could line up each tie with the metal bars.   Notice, I just used scrap brown fabric and didn’t bother to clean the edges.  You could also use ribbon; no one will see it!  (This is where you could make a simple change for your bed; just use thumb tacks and attach your fabric panels to the box spring.)

I used 10 fabric strips {3 on each side, 4 on the front}.  As I lined each fabric strip up with the metal I pinned it in place.  (I took my strip of fabric and folded it in half lengthwise, pinning at the fold.)

measure for ties

After I had the ties pinned, I used stitch witchery to attach each one to the panels.  Simply put a piece of SW under each tie and in the crease then follow the previous method to iron.  Once you are finished ironing, you can attach the panels to your metal crib frame.

crib ties

5. Adjust height over time.

As you lower your crib, simply take the mattress out, and tie the crib skirt up higher.  Ta-daa!

So there you have it.  You’re no dummy, give it a try!  Please leave questions if you have any or share your tips and tricks with my readers. 🙂

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