Crib Skirt Tutorial

Making a crib skirt is the perfect opportunity to add some handmade touches to a nursery.

A crib skirt can be as complex or simple as you want. It’s really just four rectangles of fabric. I added box pleats to the front panel. Here’s a photo of the finished result:

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2 1/2 yards of print cotton fabric

5 yards of 1/2″-wide trim

Muslin rectangle (according to crib dimensions; lining)

(I bought more fabric than necessary, planning on doing box pleats on the side panels as well, but I changed the design as I was stitching to incorporate straight side panels instead. But it’s good to have extra fabric anyway!)

Measure the crib width and length where the mattress sits. (This is the DaVinci Kalani crib, the interior measuring about 52″x28″, which is pretty standard.)

Cut a lining rectangle according to the width and (length + 1″). Once the front rectangle is attached, you’ll need a seam allowance for the side rectangles.

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et voila










Cut two side rectangles 1″ longer than the side measurement by the crib drop (from the crib mattress position to the floor).

Double-fold the side short edges 1/4″ and zigzag stitch the first fold. I like to zigzag rather than straight stitch because if your stitches are crooked it’ll be harder to see (not that anyone would notice anyway).

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With right sides together, align the trim with the lower edge; pin. Straight stitch 1/4″ from the edge. Or double-fold the lower edge, add rickrack or whatever type of trim matches your nursery decor!

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Press the seam allowance toward the fabric, and then edgestitch the fabric close to the seam.

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I added three 3″ inverted box pleats to the front panel, which requires 6″ of extra fabric for each pleat. 6″x3 pleats = 18″. Add 18″ to the crib length and cut one rectangle according to that measurement (+1″ for seam allowances) by the drop measurement.

Hem and add trim to the rectangle per the previous instructions, then divide the length into quarters; pin-mark along the upper edge. Measure and mark 3″ from each pin-mark. Fold the fabric with wrong sides together along each mark and bring the fold to align with the corresponding pin.

Baste the pleats along the upper edge to secure. Align the long raw edge with one lining long edge with right sides together, centering the front panel along the lining edge; stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Repeat to add each side panel. I left the remaining lining edge unfinished, as it’s going to sit under a mattress, but you can serge- or zigzag-finish it if you like.

Here’s how it looks from above. If your lining panel is a little short on the width, it’s fine. You’ll want to roll the panels up onto the top a bit anyway so the lining seam won’t show from the front.

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side panel without box pleats

Making your own crib skirt is a great way to customize the fabrics, prints and colors in your nursery. Plus it’s super easy and satisfying!

You could make the panels ruffled, add rows of ruffles, knife pleats or have just straight panels in a cute fabric. The options are plentiful and they’re all yours. Have fun!

 Crib Skirt Tutorial
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One Response to Crib Skirt Tutorial

  1. Jane C. says:

    I made one for my daughter not realizing that the crib that she had selected had a drawer on the bottom. It was a waste of the pleats!