Make a custom crib skirt for your nursery that’s no-sew and super easy!!
A few weeks before the baby was born, a friend of mine asked if I was feeling ready and how the nursery was coming. And I said, “Oh, well, it’s going ok, I still have to wash and organize all of O’s old baby stuff. And I need to make a crib skirt….” At which point she laughed and said, “If you’re talking about a crib skirt, you’re ready!” Ok, fair point, crib skirts are more of a want than a need usually. However, with our crib, a crib skirt is honestly a necessity. As you can see, we have a drawer underneath, which is great for storage, but when the mattress is in the highest position like it is for infants, you can see right through the sides into the drawer. It’s not pretty, see?I had made a crib skirt for O when he was baby with this same method so I knew it would work, but I could not find it anywhere. Annoying. So I whipped up another one and it really was super fast. Here’s how I did it:
Super Easy No Sew Crib Skirt
1.5 yards cotton quilting fabric
1. First, I measured our crib. The crib skirt will attach directly to the mattress frame so I took the mattress off. We also had just moved the mattress frame up to its highest setting (from the lowest which is what O used when it was a toddler bed) so I waited to reattach the front crib rail until I finished the crib skirt because it was easier. But see what I mean, all that stuff in the drawer under the mattress looks terrible and you can see it right through the crib rails!2. Taking into account the thickness of the crib rail edges, I found that my crib skirt needed to be 3 pieces cut to 55″ x 15″ (the crib front) and 31″ x 15″ (two, one for each short end). That includes the hem allowances. And do yourself a favor and prewash your fabric. A crib skirt isn’t something you’ll probably need to wash often but if you do, you really don’t want it to shrink. 3. Set up your ironing board and following the directions on your hem tape, hem all four edges of each crib skirt piece. Here’s how I did mine.
First, starting with the long sides, iron the hem tape close to the edge of the fabric. Leave the paper backing on for this step. Then peel off the paper backing and fold the fabric down over the hem tape. Iron it together. 4. Repeat with the short edges. Doesn’t that make a nice neat corner? Now hem tape and velcro are not things that generally hold up well to a lot of washing. So again, prewash your fabric, and if you ever do need to clean your crib skirt, either spot treat it, hand wash, or try cold water and a delicate cycle.
5. Repeat with the other two pieces of the crib skirt, hemming all four sides of each one.
6. To attach the skirt to the mattress frame, first stick the male and female pieces of your velcro dots together. Remove the plastic backing on ONE side (I usually stick the rougher half of the velcro to the crib frame) and stick on the mattress frame. I put four velcro dots along the long side of the crib and three on each short end. 7. Then peel off the plastic backing on the other half of the velcro, exposing the sticky side and carefully line up and stick your fabric on. It’s helpful to have an extra set of hands for this. Now your crib skirt pieces are attached (but still removable)! Once you put the mattress back on, you won’t see see the mattress frame.
Finally, we re-attached the front rail and that’s it! A super duper easy crib skirt to hide all the stuff under the bed! (And it adds some cute color and pattern too!)
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