Layered Crib Skirt

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Today’s post is a DIY crib skirt.  I really wish I’d gotten to this project a long time ago.  With the amount of bending and getting up and down from the floor I had to do, it probably took 3 times as long as it would have if I wasn’t a week away from my due date.  However, my procrastination wasn’t all bad.  Now that I’ve stopped working and we couldn’t travel for Christmas, I had the extra time to commit to the effort.

I started by measuring the sides, front, and back of the crib.  Then I measured the heights I wanted to use for the different fabrics.

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 I went in search of some cute fabrics.  I knew I wanted at least two layers in pink and gold.  I considered a third layer that would reach the floor, but I ended up not adding it because it took me so long to do the first two layers.

I picked a shiny metallic gold and a thick, fluffy pink.  I thought they complemented each other well, and of course, matched my nursery color scheme.

Once I had the fabric, I started measuring the pieces.  I did the gold layer first.  Since I wanted to ruffle the fabric a little, I cut the pieces out with approximately six extra inches on the front and back and four extra inches on each side.  As for the height, I kind of eyeballed what I wanted on the crib and cut accordingly.  It ended up being approximately 14 inches.

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 After cutting out my pieces, I ironed them out to remove the wrinkles.  Then I folded the bottom and side edges down and ironed those as well.

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Once the edges were ironed, I ran them through my sewing machine to secure the seams.  I didn’t want any hanging threads or uneven lines.  The process was a little time-consuming, but worth the effort.

After the edges were sewed, I measured and cut a piece of quilt batting in the shape and size of the crib mattress.  I decided to sew the individual pieces to this batting rectangle to make things as easy as possible.

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I sewed each of the four pieces of gold fabric in a straight line across the top.  Then I gently pulled the threads on either sides to scrunch the fabric up and give it a ruffled appearance.  I didn’t want too much of a ruffle.  Just enough for it to hang loosely.

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 Once my pieces were ruffled, I pinned and sewed them to the edges of the batting with my sewing machine.  I sewed the gold layer on top since I knew the mattress would cover any seams.

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 I repeated all the steps I followed for the first layer on the second layer.  The only difference was the height (22 inches) of the four pieces I used.  Also, when I sewed the second layer on, I sewed it to the bottom of the batting instead of the top.  It just made the whole thing a little easier to work with.

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 I flipped the whole piece over and spread it out on the floor like it was going to be placed in the crib.

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Then I took it upstairs and placed it in the crib.  I took the mattress out and laid the skirt down directly on the grate that holds the mattress.

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I put a sheet on the mattress and placed it on top of the crib skirt.

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 Then I took my pictures and put my gifted quilt back in place.  Another nursery project down, only a few more to go.  T minus 3 days until the official due date!  I have some work to do this week.

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