I am slowly but surely getting all my to-do’s for the nursery done. And one of those was to get a crib skirt made for our crib. So here was the before.
Now – the reason I decided to make a crib skirt was because I couldn’t find any bedding that I liked. I looked forever trying to find something in my inspiration colors. And when I couldn’t find anything premade – I started looking at fabric. Luckily – I found the adorable “Wild and Wooly” fabric at Joann’s and I decided to make some of the bedding myself. The first thing I started was the crib skirt. My plan was to just do a simple straight skirt all the way around that way I wouldn’t need a pattern or anything fancy!
For starters – I ironed all the fabric and used just a smidgen of starch to keep it a little crisp. I find that helps with getting straight even cuts. Then I cut out plain piece of muslin to the size of our mattress. Which was really simple because we got the mattress on Amazon – so I just looked up the dimensions there. Way simpler than measuring it myself! I added a half an inch on either side to use for my seam. Next, I measured from the bottom of the mattress to the floor to figure out how long my skirt pieces needed to be (at the highest level – that was 16 inches so I added an additional 1 inch so that when I hemmed either side I had a 1/2 inch seam. Then I ran into a problem.
I wanted the stripes to hang vertically – but the fabric was only 43 inches wide. Which as you can see is just a smidgen too short for my piece of muslin on the long side. So I decided to stich on some additional fabric on either side and then do pleats to “hide” my seams. Of course that meant I needed to make it longer than necessary to make the pleats. I decided to do three pleats – one in the middle and the one on either side.
To do each pleat – I picked a mid-point and and overlapped the fabric by an inch on either side. Pretty simple – but it works!
See how it makes a nice pleat?
Once I got all the skirt pieces cut and laid out – I hemmed the three sides that wouldn’t be attached to the base muslin. Next, I attached them to the muslin. This is how the final piece looked.
The final product? Check out the close up below. I love it! I will show you the “whole” thing once we get the nursery totally finished! Right now the whole room looks like a baby shower threw up in there – I have stuff everywhere!
If you are thinking about making a crib skirt – I would say go for it! It is pretty simple – the whole thing is just straight seams so it is a really an easy beginner sewing project!
So what do you think? Will you try one out on your own? Are you loving the colors as much as me? I am sooooo in love with them!
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