Hi Everyone! I’m back with this gorgeous Ruffled Crib Skirt Tutorial. Last you heard from me I announced I was pregnant, but didn’t know what I was having. I’m happy to say that after two awesome boys, I am having a girl! Yay! Now I can have more of an excuse to make all things girly. 🙂
I started out with Baby Girl’s nursery (yep still unnamed) and knew I had to do something cute for our precious baby. I love ruffles and honestly, I don’t know if there is anything cuter than ruffles on a crib skirt!
I’m not going to lie… this project does take A LOT of time, but as soon as you put it all together, it’s completely worth it! I go into her nursery and just stare at it all completed, and I can’t wait for her to love it too!
Let’s get started. 🙂
– Supplies –
Enough fabric for the main piece and sides. I used my old crib skirt for the main piece and fabric scraps for the sides. You could get an old skirt super cheap and use either just the main piece or the sides as well, since none of it will be seen.
Prepare your main and side pieces. If you are using an old crib skirt, this could be just taking it apart. If you are using new (or scrap) fabric, make the main piece out to be 28″ x 52″. This is your standard crib size. Make adjustments if yours is different.
You will need one side (the front) to measure 12″ x 52″ and two sides to measure 12″ x 28″.
Like I mentioned before I used my old crib skirt for the main piece. Because of the material, I didn’t need to do any prep to it, just cut off the sides. I couldn’t use the sides, so I went through my stash and made my own. You can see in the longer side I pieced it because I didn’t have fabric long enough (fabric width is about 42″). I also didn’t hem my pieces. I used pinking shears to give them a zig zag cut so they wouldn’t fray. I didn’t want to spend any extra time hemming something that wasn’t going to be seen. 🙂
Now it’s time to cut the fabric for the ruffles. Cut your fabric into strips the length of the fabric and 6″ wide. I kept my fabric folded and just cut every 6″ for easy cutting.
Out of these strips of fabric we need to make long strips that are 2 1/2 times as long as each side. That will give the super full ruffles! Sew all the strips of each fabric together, making 3 super long strips. Use a 1/4″ seam when sewing and press the seams as well. (Not pictured)
For the front side, we need a strip that is 130″. And the sides need to be 70″. Do this for each fabric. You will end up with 9 total strips, one in each fabric measuring 130″ and two in each fabric measuring 70″.
Now hem by folding 1/4″ twice, pressing, and sewing it down. Do this to the short sides and then the bottom long side. Do this to all 9 pieces.
The next step is ruffling our strips. Sew along the top of the strip using your longest stitch (a basting stitch). Do not back stitch. Hold the top thread and start pushing the fabric towards the center. Because the strips are so long, I did this on both sides of the strip meeting in the middle. Do this until you have ruffled the strip to the length of the side fabric (either 28″ or 52″). Make sure all the ruffles are even and then take the ruffle to the sewing machine, and using a much smaller stitch, sew along the top to make it permanent. You can back stitch at the beginning and end here.
Now that all the ruffles are finished, we are ready to sew them to the side pieces. Before we do that though, we need to mark where we will sew them.
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