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Update: The Nursery is finally finished!  Hop over and check out the full reveal!

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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Get Your Craft On with Kim @ Today’s Creative Blog

36 frugal friends said ...

Erin said... @ May 18, 2011 at 7:23 AM

That is awesome Jess!!! I love those stripes and the colors, job well done!!

Kari said... @ May 18, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Okay, I totally just made a crib skirt for my sister out of this exact same fabric. When I saw your link on the linky party, I was confused at first :) I love it!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said... @ May 22, 2011 at 8:57 PM

This came out really great, I love it! Love the colors.

Caralee said... @ May 24, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Just ran into your blog. I love frugal people who make it work and you did a great job on your crib skirt.

shehugstrees said... @ June 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM

This is great! Thank you. My only question is what happens when you have to lower the crib? How do you get the skirt to be at the right length?

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said... @ June 15, 2011 at 4:58 AM

Shehugstrees - I am just planning on hemming it real quick when we decide to lower the crib. Should just take a couple of stitches to get it to the new length! :)

Anonymous said... @ February 6, 2012 at 8:01 PM

How many yards of fabric did you use to make this crib skirt???

Anonymous said... @ April 24, 2012 at 10:51 PM

These directions were great! I had the same problem you did with not finding a bedding set that I loved. I was out shopping and found fabric (similar to yours) and decided on the spur of the moment to make my own bedding. I was in over my head til I found this blog. Thanks so much for the helpful post!

Btw, did you ever post how to make a crib bumper?

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