There are tons of tutorials about how to make crib skirts however, I found most of them to be a one size only tutorial which didn’t make sense to me! With a crib, as the baby grows, the mattress height changes which means the crib skirt length changes. If you only have one length of crib skirt, then what do you do when you have to lower the mattress? Let it drag on the floor? With this tutorial, I’d like to show you how I made an adjustable crib skirt that can be used for all 3 mattress heights.
First, let’s take a look at a crib. Below is a birds eye view of a crib without a mattress in it. See the space in-between the crib bars and the base? That’s where you’re crib skirt will hang.
To show you the finished birds eye view, I made 3 crib skirt panels (I didn’t make one for the back of the crib because you can’t see it.) I attached it to the base of the crib with thumb tacks. I know…it’s not the most polished of finishes but once the mattress is on top, no one will see it! It’s actually quite neat and tidy!
So, to make the crib skirt, all you need to do is decide what fabric you’d like to use for your panels, measure your panels out so they fit on each side of the crib, hem them how you wish, slide them in-between the bars and the base of the crib and secure them at the desired length with pins.
If you get the idea, go ahead and make your crib skirt panels how you wish! If you’d like to see how I did mine specifically, keep reading!
Adjustable Crib Skirt Tutorial:
This tutorial will demonstrate how the side panel was made.
If using “directional fabric,” make sure each panel has the same part of the pattern on it. For the widest panel, you may need to join the patterned fabric together. (To learn more about how to join patterned fabric, see a previous tutorial here.)
To make sure each panel has the same section of the pattern on it, cut each patterned strip at the same place. With this fabric specifically, I chose to cut below the red houses as the top cut and below the red roofs as the bottom cut (as shown.)
The side panel needed to be 26″ wide so I cut the patterned strip to be 26″ wide.
Then I cut a 26″ wide piece of white fabric and kept it how it comes off the bolt (folded in half.) I wanted to have 2 layers of white fabric for weight and to make the skirt more opaque.
Cut off the selvage edge.
Pin the 26″ raw edge of the patterned fabric, right sides together, to one of the 26″ raw edges of the white fabric. Sew with a 1/4″ seam.
Press seam allowance towards the patterned fabric.
With right sides together again, pin the other 26″ raw edge of the patterned fabric to the other 26″ raw edge of the white fabric and sew together with a 1/4″ seam. Now you have a large tube of fabric. Again, press the seam allowance towards the patterned fabric.
Now sew up each side of the panel with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving about a 4″ opening on one side.
Turn right side out through the 4″ opening you left and press flat.
Top stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance over the bottom edge of the panel.
Top stitch over the top edge of the pattern piece…
Finally, top stitch along each side of the panel (not shown). Make sure you top stitch over the opening you left to turn the panel right side out. This will neatly close the opening.
Hang your panel in-between the crib bars and the base of the crib and pin to desired height with thumb tacks.
Repeat with the other 2 sides of the crib.
There you have it – a simple, adjustable, crib skirt.
Let me know if you give it a try or if you have any suggestions or questions!
Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!