How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

With less than 3 weeks to spare, the nursery is finally almost finished!!  Can I get a heck yeah?

A project that I was kind of dreading was sewing the crib skirt – it sounded hard!  I pinned a few tutorials but never really got up the nerve to read them, and then finally just decided to jump in head first and see what happened.  Luckily, it turned out to be one of the quickest and easiest projects I’ve done!

Without further adieu . . .

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Assemble your supplies:

– 3 yards of fabric for the crib skirt, pre-washed and ironed (you could use less fabric if you wanted to piece the skirt together, but making it easy on yourself is part of the “no-fail” concept of this skirt!)

– measuring tape

– iron and ironing board

– scissors

– 10 feet of thin grosgrain ribbon

– pins

– 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper (optional – you could just use your measuring tape, but I’m lazy)

– pencil

– sewing machine and thread (optional – you could use fabric glue or fusible webbing if you prefer)

Step 1: Take all the measurements for your crib skirt. You’ll need to write down the following measurements:

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

To get the width of your crib skirt, add together all of the horizontal measurements (i.e., the 3 sides of the crib).  Then add 1-2 inches to that measurement to allow for hemming.  For me, those measurements looked like this:

27.5 inches + 51.5 inches + 27.5 inches = 106.5 inches

+ 1.5 inches for hemming = 108 inches total*

*I had 3 yards of fabric which equals 108 inches of length, so I decided to add 1.5 inches for hemming so that I could just cut a strip from the length of my 3 yards of fabric instead of piecing together 3 sections of fabric (make sense?).

To get the height of your crib skirt, start with the vertical measurements that you took of the space between the bottom crib rail and the crib mattress.  To make a more modern crib skirt that covers only that space, just add 2-3 inches to your measurement to allow for hemming.  My measurement was 9 inches + 2 inches = 11 inches.  If you’d like a longer crib skirt that touches the floor, you’ll need to measure the space between the crib mattress and the floor, then add 2-3 inches for hemming.

Step 2: Measure and cut your fabric to size. This was an easy part for me.  My final measurements came out to 108 inches (3 yards) x 11 inches, so I just used a sheet of 8.5 x 11 typing paper to make a pencil line exactly 11 inches from the finished edge of my fabric down the entire length of my 3 yards of fabric.

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Next, just cut along your pencil line and you will have the fabric piece for your crib skirt!

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Step 3: Iron in your hem. I chose to do pretty skinny hems to maximize my fabric, so I folded over each edge by about 1/4 inch and ironed in a crease, then folded each edge a second time by 1/4 inch and ironed in the crease.  (And since one of my edges was the finished edge of the fabric, I only had to hem 3 sides – score!)

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Step 4: Add your ribbon ties. I came across Anything Pretty’s idea for using ribbon to tie the crib skirt to the crib mattress and I thought it was brilliant, so I decided to do the same thing (it works great!).  I cut 12 10-inch lengths of grosgrain ribbon in a color that coordinated with my fabric and then just spaced them out using my trusty sheet of typing paper, pinning them into the hem on one of the long sides of the crib skirt.

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Here’s how it looked after all the ribbons were pinned in place (be sure your ribbons are folded in half, with the pin in the folded part of the ribbon).

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Step 5: Sew in your hem and ribbons. If you don’t like to sew, you can use fabric glue or fusible webbing to secure your hem and ribbons instead of sewing them into place.  I opted to sew them because (a) it was easy, and (b) I knew I would be washing this crib skirt from time to time so I wanted to be confident that it wouldn’t fall apart.

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Tip: Sew back and forth over each ribbon tie a few times to make sure it’s really secure.  On my machine, I just push this little button and the machine sews in reverse.

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Step 6: Tie on the crib skirt! Just finagle the ribbons as necessary around the springs and supports until your crib skirt hangs evenly and fairly smoothly along the 3 sides of the crib.

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

No more naked space!  And you can readjust the ribbon ties as you lower the crib mattress when baby gets older.

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Seeing little peeks of the animal fabric makes me happy.  :)

How to Sew a No-Fail Crib Skirt

Easy, right?  Truly, this is a no-fail crib skirt – I don’t think there’s any way to screw it up!  Let me know if you try this project, I’d love to hear how it turns out.  :)

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  1. Jen Rames says:

    Heck yeah! It looks awesome – I can’t believe you only have 3 more weeks! :)

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      I know, eek!! The finish line is rapidly approaching and we’re SO excited!

  2. Justine says:

    Looks great – and so does the nursery sneak peek! I just made a crib skirt too – though my was more complicated and took me several hours. Since I have lots more projects to do, this simple way probably would have been the way to go! Can’t wait to see the full nursery (and the little one soon!)

  3. Laura J says:

    I tried to pin your tutorial…it looks pretty simple to follow. But Pinterest says “Sorry, Cannot pin this image” for all pictures in this post. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Ick, you’re right!!! Hmm. Thanks for letting me know!

      I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong since that’s what happened to me, too (although there are a few pics that can be pinned). Let me see what I can figure out, and if anyone has any suggestions please jump in!

      • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

        So, the problem appears to be with Flickr, which is where I host my images. I’m trying to figure it out, wish me luck!!

  4. That is fabulous! I will have to show this to my mom, she offered to sew the skirt for me. YAY!

  5. This skirt turned out great! This was going to be my approach, seems like the best way to make a skirt that will always look good. Thanks for the tips.

  6. Stacey says:

    Hi! How long do you estimate that this took? Thanks!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Hmm, good question! I’m on the slow side with projects, so I would say about 1.5 hours – but someone that has their act together could definitely churn it out faster. :)