A lot of customers ask me if it is worth it to make a crib skirt. I always answer that it depends on the crib. For Braelyn's crib, I made a skirt, and it looked great for the first 5 months of her life when the mattress was raised to its highest position. As soon as we lowered her mattress, you could no longer see it. Her crib has a thick wood panel on the front where the skirt lays, so the skirt became pointless. Mackenzie's crib is a Jenny Lind style crib and is very open; you will be able to see the skirt at all levels. Knowing this, I wanted to make a skirt that easily adjusts with the mattress. I have made crib skirts in the past, and it takes rehemming to fix them to the new mattress height. I hate hemming, so the idea of going back to a completed project in less than a year is not appealing to me. I knew there had to be a better way.
There are a lot of tutorials and blogs about making adjustable crib skirts. I have seen so many different concepts, including tutorials with ties, buttons, folds, Velcro, etc. My favorite post is on View Along the Way's blog. I followed Kelly's directions for the most part and really enjoyed all of her pictures and honest descriptions. The only major difference in her skirt and mine is that I added a pleat. I like the pleated look much better than just a flat panel. I also used clips to attach it to the springs (her suggestions) rather than tacks.
Here are the steps to adding the pleat.
1. Measure your crib.
- My dimensions
- Front and back width = 51.5"
- Side width = 27.5"
- Height (Floor to highest mattress setting) = 19"
2. Cut your fabric.
The best part of a 19" height is that a 44/45" bolt is perfect for making two panels; just cut down the fold. You will get two pieces with a 22" height. I bought 2 7/8 yards of fabric for my crib. I have 2 panels here because my crib is floating in the room; you really only need 1 front panel if you are pushing it up against a wall. If you are, then just make the three panels (front and 2 sides) and you could potentially buy just 1 7/8 yards, but you will have a seam under your pleat down the middle of the front panel.
- Side Panels -
- Hemming: add 2" to width and 2" to height for hemming = 21" x 31.5"
- I bought 7/8 yard of fabric (31.5") for both panels.
- I wanted to make it easy, so I just cut down the fold and cut the selvage off the bottom giving me two 22" x 31.5" pieces.
- Front Panels-
- Hemming: add 2" to width and 2" to height for hemming = 21" x 55.5" + Pleat
- For a pleat, add double the width of your pleat. I wanted to make an even cut with yardage, so 55.5" gave me 1 yard (36") and 19.5" left over. I added 16.5" to make an 8.25 wide pleat. That means I needed 2 yards to make both panels. Again, if you are making just one panel you can buy 1yard, cut it down the fold, and sew a seam down the middle. Use a .25" seam and use an 8" wide pleat.
- My final panels were 22" x 72".
3. Hem your sides.
- I like to hem the sides first. I turned under each side .5" twice and top stitched them.
4. Hem the bottoms.
- It is much easier to do the bottom hem before you create the pleat.
- I used a 1" hem on the bottom because I like the look of a thick hem on the bottom. You could even use a blind hem if you do not want to see a top stitch.
5. Create the pleat.
- Find center and mark your pleat folds 8.25" (or how big you made your pleat) on each side of center mark.
- Fold your pleat in and press.
- Pin or clip down pleat on both the bottom and top.
- Sew a stitch .25? from the top edge to keep pleat.
6. Finish top edges.
- I used a zig zag to finish the top edges. Normally, I would use a serger but the zig zag worked well.
You should now have 4 finished panels!!!!
That's it; now just clip or pin them to your crib. I used wonder clips to attach them, and they worked great. Once Mackenzie is old enough and I have to move the mattress down, I will just move the clipped edges in farther. I am very excited about how fast and how easy it was to make this skirt. It was much easier than the traditional crib skirt I made before and it took much less fabric.