I like to think of myself as a well rounded do-it-youselfer… BUT…When it comes to the sewing department, I have been 100% spoiled by my mother. She is an amazing seamstress who can do just about anything from reupholstering furniture to making/hemming/altering clothes. I mean.. she made my wedding dress, y’all!
Needless to say, I have never picked up sewing because she completely takes care of me. I have every intention of learning how to sew, but I have just not found the time. (Typical not-enough-hours-in-the-day statement, I know!) For now, I stick to no-sew projects. They are easy, quick and usually cost effective! Total win in my book. 🙂
My most recent no-sew project was for Audrey’s nursery. I made a crib skirt and pillows because CRIB BEDDING IS RIDIC EXPENSIVE. Who. Freaking. Knew?! I fell in looovvveee with so many floral crib skirts/bedding online, but I couldn’t bite the bullet and pay the price. So, off to Jo-Ann Fabrics I went. With the thought of having a nursery filled with soft blues and incorporating pops of color by using floral patterns in mind, I set out to find the perfect fabrics. I have to say, both Derek and I are super happy with the result!
Oh! AND the skirt is adjustable. Meaning that when the crib mattress is moved down, the skirt will still work. BAM!
This project is perfect for ANYONE looking to incorporate a crib skirt into their nursery.
No-Sew Crib Skirt
Time: 30 Minutes
Cost: Varies (depending on fabric) Velcro will run you about 5 dollars or so, and the hemming tape is right around 3 dollars. Don’t forget to check for coupons online and in-store!
Level: SUPER FREAKIN’ EASY
You will need:
(All listed can be found at fabric stores/craft stores)
- Measuring tape
- Fabric Sticky-back (heat activated) Velcro
- Sticky-back Velcro for hard surfaces
- Permanent heat activated Hemming Tape (best stuff ever!)
Step 1: Measurements. You will need to measure the width and height that you will want your crib skirt to be for each side (or just the sides that will show). see pic below
Step 2: Cutting fabric. Take your measurements from each side and add two inches to the width and four inches to the height for a seam allowance and to account for the fabric that will be attached by velcro under the mattress.
For example, lets say the width and height of the front of my crib is 52″ by 17″. When cutting my fabric, I will add two inches to the width and four inches to the height and cut a piece that is 54″ by 21″. Same thing goes for the side. If it is 26″ by 17″, I will cut my fabric t 28″ by 21″. Again, this is for the seam-allowance and to ensure that you have enough fabric to attach the skirt to the bed frame under the mattress.
Step 3: Hem your fabric using hemming tape. Your hem can be up to 1″ wide because you accounted for your seam-allowance. The directions for the hemming tape are on the package. You just simply apply it 1″ from the edge of the fabric, run your iron over it to heat, peal off the backing and fold/iron the fabric down on top of it. If it sounds complicated, it’s not! I PROMISE its super easy!
Step 4: Once you have all of your panels hemmed, you will have to attach them to the bedframe with Velcro. I first used the Velcro for hard surfaces and placed them on the crib frame.
I then measured out the fabric-adhesive Velcro and stuck that on top of each piece of the hard surface Velcro. I pealed the backing off, and then placed the fabric on top and pressed down. This made it easier because I didn’t have to measure where to attach the fabric Velcro, I was able to just eyeball it! (I’m telling you, I am all about the shortcuts!) You can then carefully peal the fabric off (making sure the fabric-Velcro is attached, and heat it up with the iron to permanently bond it.)
(As you can see, I added on more than 4 inches to the height when I cut my fabric, but it still worked out the same.)
I ended up with this as the result:
I really only needed to do the front and the right side of the crib, but I initially did all three sides because I thought I was going to put the crib against the wall to where they would all three be showing. Whoops! 🙂
So there it is! The finished crib skirt that literally took me 30 minutes to accomplish! When the time comes that we have to move the mattress down, all I will have to do is add Velcro to the back of the fabric and reattach! Sooooo simple!
I am hoping that I explained everything well enough to replicate, but if you would like to do this project and you have any questions, feel free to ask!