Take the crib skirt off the crib and lay it flat on the floor. Measure the crib skirt, from the bottom, and mark how long the crib skirt should be. My skirt needed a 10″ drop, but the drop was about 16 inches, so we had to get rid of 6 inches. I placed a pin 10″ from the bottom of the crib skirt (I used safety pins, which are much more cumbersome than straight pins, but important when curious little fingers are lurking).
Do the same thing all the way around, marking the desired length.
Now’s where things get real. Fold up the fabric, pinning it to the interior part of the crib skirt. Pin it to the part that will be covered by the mattress, then remove the pin you used as a marker.
Here’s a shot of it pinned:
So, I had 6″ to get rid of. I folded it about 3″ up (which doubled over, makes 6″). Are we following here? Am I over complicating this?
Then remove the pin you used as a marker:
Make sense? It’s really easy, and sometimes the easy things are the most complicated to explain. In a writing class I once had to write an essay about how to make a PB&J. We had to keep it to something like 20,000 words and with that limit, most of us only got as far as the part where you get out the bread.
Here’s a photo of the crib skirt shortened all the way around. It gets a little weird around the corners, but only because there are multiple layers of fabric to work with. The most important thing is just to make sure your folds are neat and flat.
And here’s the final product, back on the mattress platform. It looks so much more tailored and neat. And we don’t have to look for a new place to stash our table leaf.
Welcome to a stupidly easy tutorial for how to make a crib skirt. When I’m finished telling you how to make your own inexpensive crib skirt, feel free to slap me in the face for its simplicity, but then kiss me because it actually does kind of solve a global problem with mass-marketed crib skirts.
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