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Oct 27 / Erin

DIY Crib Skirt

{Pssst…find the full reveal of the finished nursery here!}

I know that there is already one too many crib skirt tutorials out there in blogland, but I’m going to make it two too many.  And for the record, I just used to, two and too all in one sentence.  How many other crib skirt tutorials do that?

Like many people setting up a nursery, I wanted a skirt for the crib to hide all that empty space underneath the crib (when the mattress is on its highest setting).  Plus, the skirt could hide anything that needs to be stowed underneath.  So, I designed a custom skirt for our crib that works now, and can be shortened later when we move the mattress down a few notches.

For those of you who might not be interested in the gazillion pictures and instructions I’m about to share, I’ll share the finished product here so you can all admire it.

As you can see, it coordinates perfectly with my DIY window treatments

Although the colors match perfectly, I wanted to give a slight nod back to the window treatments by having an elephant panel peeking through on the front of the skirt.  It adds a little something and it was easy to create, I promise.

First up in making the crib skirt is measuring and calculating.  I wanted a skirt that wrapped around just a little in the back so that it created a finished look, but I didn’t need one that wrapped completely around since the crib will always be against a wall.  See how it wraps around the back corner by just a few inches?

I measured the total length I needed and cut corresponding pieces.  I didn’t worry about seam allowances on width because those edges that wrapped around the back didn’t need hemming.  I did add 1.5 inches to the total height of the fabric so that I could hem the top and bottom.

I cut three pieces total.  Two pieces were from my dominant spotted fabric.  Each piece was exactly half of the total length needed to wrap around the crib.  (My total length needed was 87 in, so each piece was about 44 inches wide.)  Then I cut the panel piece out of coordinating fabric.  The panel piece was the same height as the rest of the fabric and was about 8 inches wide.

I arranged my fabric so that the panel piece was exactly centered where the two side panels met, and carefully folded each side panel to reveal a perfect triangle of the panel.

And then I pinned it all in place.

To hold the panel together while hemming, I just sewed a simple line right at the very edge where the panel and side pieces met.  This kept everything straight while I folded and ironed the top edge for the hem.

Next I folded over the top edge about 3/4″ and ironed it flat.  Then I sewed across the top making a nice finished edge.

Then I attached the skirt to the crib so that I could see exactly how much would need to be folded for the bottom hem.  Starting dead center on both the skirt and the crib, I attached the skirt using sticky-backed velcro.  My tactic was to place one side of the velcro on the crib first, then attach the other side of the velcro on the fabric as I was lining it up so that it matched perfectly.

Once I had the whole thing up, I folded up the bottom in a few spots and pinned it to see where the bottom hem would be.  With everything marked, I took the skirt off, ironed the bottom hem into place and whipped through one last seam…well, actually three seams.  I ended up hemming the bottom of the panel separately from the bottom of the two sides.  So, the only place that the panel is attached to the sides is at the very top.  But, as long as everything overlaps enough, you really don’t need to attach the panel to the sides at the bottom or anywhere else.

And that is how I made my crib skirt.

I couldn’t help but include Frankie in this last shot.  He seems to think that everything that is happening in the nursery is meant for him.  He is incredibly interested in the room in and goes in it all the time!

We have so much left to do in this room and only 9 weeks to do it.  So, I hope you’re not bored with nursery projects yet!

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  1. Trisha / Oct 27 2010

    LOVE the coordinating fabric for the skirt! The crib skirt turned out great!

  2. Kiersten / Oct 27 2010

    It’s so cute!! I love your color scheme and modern flair. I can’t wait to see the finished nursery!

  3. Laura@JourneyChic / Oct 27 2010

    Velcro!! Why didn’t my mom and I think of that??? We used ribbon on Junior’s crib skirt, but velcro would have been so much easier.

  4. Jenny@Anything Pretty / Oct 27 2010

    Love the detail of the elephants poking through….it is really coming together!

  5. Kim@NewlyWoodwards / Oct 28 2010

    It looks so pretty. I love the peek of elephants underneath. Just adorable. You are so talented, Erin.

  6. Lauren / Oct 30 2010

    So cute!! I love it! I can’t wait to see the whole nursery! :)

  7. Benigna Blevins / Nov 4 2010

    I love, love the material ~ color & print. I’m SO tired of pink/brown rooms for girls and brown/blue/green for boys! Cont. the pictures… I’m not even close to bored!

  8. Emily A. Clark / Nov 23 2010

    Hey Erin, Thanks for your comment. I see what you mean about the scale of the pattern. I’m thinking it will still work with the headboard fabric, though–don’t you? I hope I like it. I’ve already ordered the yellow and it’s on it’s way to my seamstress :)

  9. Ashley / Nov 27 2010

    Love the finished product. Might I ask where you bought the fabric from? The yellow ikat dot in particular.

  10. michelle / Jan 9 2011

    How much material did you order for the crib skirt?

    • Erin / Jan 9 2011

      Hi Michelle,

      I ordered 2 yards of my fabric to be safe (and because I needed to match the spots). I probably had a little over a yard leftover which I used to make the ottoman. If you are using a solid color fabric or something with a pattern that isn’t as obvious, you could get away with ordering less.

      Hope this helps!

      – e

      • michelle / Jan 10 2011

        I got your email about the material for the bed skirt. So 2 yards for your bed skirt and 3 for your cornices? I’m only going to do one cornice, so I’m thinking a yard to a yard in a 1/2 in case I mess up.

        • Erin / Jan 10 2011

          Hi Michelle,

          Yes, 2 yards for the crib skirt and 3 yards for 2 cornices…that gave me some extra on each project. It never hurts to have some extra fabric on hand!

          – e

  11. Julie / Jan 11 2011

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the nursery. I’m designing a nursery for someone else right now and will be pulling inspiration from yours, thank you!!

    I’m wondering though if you plan to remove the crib skirt and re-hem it when you drop the mattress down? I’ve often pondered this issue and my solution when my son was a newborn was to make a denim skirt which went great with his old west themed nursery. I didn’t finish the bottom edge but rather ripped it thus intentionally creating a rough bottom edge. When we dropped the mattress down, I just clipped the edge and ripped again each time. This isn’t an option for this nursery I’m working on so is your plan to re-hem or have you seen any other skirts that don’t require maintenance along the way?

    • Erin / Jan 11 2011

      Hi Julie!

      Yes, I plan on just re-hemming when we drop it down. If you’re not liking the idea of sewing so many times, you could always just do the iron-on hem stuff to make it quicker and easier!

      Good luck with your nursery design!!

      – e

  12. karin marie smith / Jun 16 2011

    I love your nursery! It’s beautiful! I made the crib skirt for baby#3’s nursery! It was soo easy! I love that! Plus, I didn’t have to buy more fabric like I thought I had to! So a win-win! :] Thank you for posting a tutorial! I just have to find my velcro & put it on it! I’m excited! This is my first big project doing the nursery myself instead of store bought!

  13. Tricia / Jul 5 2011

    I love that skirt with the tribute to the window treatment. I also love that you included your dog because my dog has been doing the same exact thing!

  14. hey! found you through pinterest. thanks so much for the tutorial for the crib skirt! I don’t need to make a crib skirt, but I want to make valance curtains like this. We’ll see how that goes… :)

  15. Meredith / Oct 19 2011

    I love your nursery! It’s great you were able to put so much time into making it so special. I’m preparing for twins and would love to make crib skirts similar to your’s. Do you think I could make a ruffled skirt similar to your tutorial? I’m assuming I would just increase (almost double) the length of the fabric. Maybe I’m just making it more complicated! :)

  16. Christi / Nov 25 2011

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I want to make a crib skirt and was starting to get anxious that wouldn’t be able to do it and this has make me feel so much better. Great idea! Oh, and the window treatment is gorgeous, too!

  17. Corin / Mar 14 2012

    How did you get your seams around the middle panel to lay flat without sewing them?

  18. elisha / Apr 17 2012

    this is perfect! i have the same fabrics but in grey and cant wait to make the skirt! thanks :)

  19. Katie / Apr 17 2012

    Thanks, I’m going to make this!!!

  20. Carissa / Jun 1 2012

    I am totally making this as soon we get our son’s crib next week!! So excited. I will link your tutorial to my bog when I’m done. Thanks for the super easy tutorial. Some of the others out there required a serger, so I was afraid I’d have to buy a crib skirt instead. This looks so nice and eay.

  21. Carissa / Jun 16 2012

    I made the crib skirt – it was so easy! Thanks for the great tutorial – here is the link to my crib skirt on my blog:

  22. Ashley / Jul 10 2012

    Did you figure out how to make the crib skirt by yourself or did you use another website? I am having a slight difficulty in determining how much fabric to buy?

    Any help would be great!

    • Erin / Jul 22 2012

      Hi Ashley,

      Sorry for the slow reply! I figured out how much fabric based on the measurements of my crib. You’ll have to know the width of the fabric you are buying (usually 45″ or 56″) and then buy the appropriate length. You might take measurements of the crib and have someone at the fabric store help you!

      good luck!
      – e

  23. Monica / Oct 30 2012

    Lovely post and blog, thank you! I haven’t sewn anything since home ec class in 1992 so I’m basically totally new to this. I want to make this crib skirt and I’m making on panel of a curtain, same yellow ikat print, for my nursery. Am I outta my league? All the instructions seem pretty straight forward but I’m a little nervous being so green. Is this more of the, “I’ve been sewing a while” variety? Thanks!

    • Erin / Nov 15 2012

      Hi Monica,

      If you can sew in a straight line, then you’ll be fine to make this!! Go for it!

      – e

  24. Stephanie / Nov 15 2012

    I know you said that you ordered 2 yards of fabric…did you order 2 yards of each, or 2 of the dots and 1 of the elephants?

    • Stephanie / Nov 15 2012

      Also, you said that your total length needed was 87 inches…I know that my crib is 34w X 60L, and I would need to add about 10 inches for it to wrap around the back of the crib. So…when you say total length is that W + W + L + allowance? For me that would be 138 inches, half of which is 69 inches. It just seems odd that I would need 20 more inches of fabric, considering most cribs are FAIRLY similar in size…

      • Erin / Nov 15 2012

        If your crib is 34″wide and 60″ long, and you add in about 10″ for the wrap around the back (5″ per side), then your total width would indeed be 138 inches. I do think my crib is a bit of an odd size, so I would trust your measurements and go for it!

        Good luck!

    • Erin / Nov 15 2012

      Hi Stephanie, It was 2 yards of the dot fabric. You could buy a half a yard or less fabric for the elephant part, since it’s so small. I was using elephants for other projects, though, so I ordered a lot more!

  25. Becky / Mar 5 2013

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon this post. The elephant peeking through is perfect! Such cute fabric choices.

    • Erin / Mar 5 2013

      Hi Becky and thanks for your comment! So glad you liked the crib skirt…I’m getting ready to put it back on the crib for baby #2 who has already arrived!!

      – e

  26. Becky / Mar 5 2013

    Oh my goodness, congratulations!

  27. Shawna / Jul 13 2013

    What height of the fabric did you go with on the crib skirt?

    • Erin / Jul 28 2013

      Hi Shawna, The height of the fabric was equal to the distance between the floor to the rail where it would be velcroed plus about 2 inches for seam allowances, etc. Good luck!

  28. Dana / Dec 10 2013

    I love this tutorial. Its the perfect mix of “ease” and “professional.” Some of the so called “easy” skirts just scream D I Y but I think this one looks like it could have been bought in a boutique. I have 10 weeks to go…can’t wait!

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  30. Megan / Mar 27 2014

    Hi Erin! This is going to be my first sewing adventure! My baby is coming in 4 weeks!

    I am sorry I have read this and reread this and it seems like a dumb question. But after you pinned the triangles in place, did you sew them? It sounds like they aren’t sewn to the middle panel as that’s only at the top, but it doesn’t look or sound like after you pinned the triangles that they got side hemmed (for lack of a better term). But you would have to, right? I’d think you’d see a top stitch here so maybe I’ll use that tape or something. Thanks!!

    I know this post was years ago, but if you are still looking at it, I would be so thankful for a reply! Thank you!!!

  31. Sharde / Apr 5 2014

    Genius! I may do this for my baby’s crib!
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  32. Jill / May 5 2014

    Hello, Wondering what happens when this is on a crib with the mattress at its lowest setting? I feel that it won’t lay right and not sure how you could fix later…. anyone know or have a picture of this style on a crib at its highest setting and lowest setting?

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