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DIY Easy Adjustable Crib Skirt

June 10, 2013
by thenestinggame

How To Crib Skirt on Crib

Fun fact. When you go out in public and people ask you when your baby is due and you say “tomorrow,” they pretty much freak out, expecting you to have the kid immediately in their hair salon/restaurant/grocery store, etc. If I’d know it was that much fun I’d have been saying that for weeks.

All that to say, no baby yet. So, I’m here to tell you how to give birth to an easy, adjustable crib skirt, designed especially for the popular Baby Mod Olivia crib from, of all places, Wal-Mart.

I picked out this crib skirt from Pottery Barn Kids almost immediately in the nursery design process

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pbk harper crib skirt

And when I tried it on, it was a total flop because the detail portion of the skirt hung behind the rail and in the drop between the rail and the floor. So, I knew I needed to rethink my strategy and go for an all-over print AND, I wanted the skirt to stop at the rail because, to me, it ruins the lines of the crib when the skirt hangs beneath it.

So, that led me to to Etsy shopping and blog searching until I found this post and realized the best way to get what I wanted was (like so many other things) to do it myself.

Instead of a traditional crib skirt with a platform connecting them, I decided to make separate panels with ties. That way, as the crib frame drops lower to the ground as the baby grows, all I have to do to shorten the skirt is to tie it higher onto the mattress frame. And, I could make them as short as I needed to.

If you’d like to do this and have the same crib, here are the measurements I used. In general though, you measure the width of the mattress frame on both the short and long sides and the height of the drop you’d like, whether that’s to the rail like I did or to the floor.

Baby Mod Olivia Crib Skirt Measurements

Then I found my fabric:

Crib skirt fabric

I ordered 3 yards, which was more than enough. It’s best to use a 54″ upholstery fabric because it will span the width of the two long crib sides. I also decided to use muslin to back the panels and give them a little more weight to hang better. I did not worry about the pattern wrapping around the crib in perfect alignment, but depending on your pattern and your pickiness, you may want to take that into consideration when deciding on yardage.

Crib skirt cut panels

I sewed the panels right sides together, marking where to leave an opening between the fabrics to attach ties. Then I flipped the panels right-side-out through those openings after they were stitched.

Crib skirt pinning

For ties, I cut 10 strips of fabric about 2″ each. My pattern was evenly spaced, so it was pretty easy to cut following the fabric pattern vs. measuring.

crib skirt cut ties

I did not do it this way (long story), but what you SHOULD do is fold the cut edges in (then iron) and then in half (then iron) and then stitch them up. Put 2 on each of the short panels and 3 on each of the long panels.

crib skirt pin ties

And when you’re done…you end up with these:

Crib skirt completed panels

I went ahead and made panels for all 4 sides, even though 2 sides of my crib are against walls. I figured if I ever rearranged I would be less inspired to make new panels at that point rather than just do it all at once now. So, you could make fewer panels if you wanted to. Your call.

Then, I just tied them onto the crib frame. Easy peasy.

Crib Skirt Tie to frame

And to solve any gaping, I just used a little ghetto piece of scotch tape.

Crib Skirt Tape Gap

Once the mattress is on, you can’t even tell that it’s not a proper crib skirt! And, like I said, as the platform moves down all I have to do is tie the panels further up into the frame.

Crib and Skirt

Navy Nursery Rocker Crib

So that is it! If you can sew a few straight lines, then you are golden. And you may end up saving yourself some cash in the process, though I rarely find sewing projects save me a whole bunch of money (especially once you factor in time), rather it’s the benefit of getting exactly what I want!

How To Crib Skirt Panels


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17 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2013 4:33 pm

    So funny… my mom (Carmen’s amiga) sent me your website and said “look at the cute bed skirt she made.” I had the exact same issue with the same Pottery Barn cribskirt – the lines aren’t visible when the crib is in the highest setting! But I’m lazy and I kept it. WIll catch up with your blog for future ideas :)

  2. October 22, 2013 2:24 pm

    o.K., I just popped over from your comment on MFAMB randomly! A- Your baby is BEAUTIFUL! and so F’n CUTE!! and B- We have the same taste in pillow fabric. I have THE same fabric on my living room couch and LOVE it.

    See here-

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 22, 2013 2:33 pm

      Yay for pillow twins! I love it with that ikea pillow case too! Thanks for popping over and the cute baby comments. :)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 22, 2013 2:34 pm

      Yay for pillow twins! I love it with that Ikea pillow cover, too. Thanks for popping over and the cute baby comments. :)

  3. Kristin permalink
    October 24, 2013 8:24 pm

    Just out of curiosity why did you choose to have a backing if you were already working with a heavy fabric? I thought that you generally only use a backing on soft, lightweight cottons. BTW love your tutorial :)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 25, 2013 3:24 pm

      Kristin, I just wanted it to be a little heavier and more finished so that it would drape better. It’s definitely not necessary, but I think it makes for a nicer end product. So glad you liked the tutorial!

  4. January 15, 2014 8:27 pm

    love you crib skirt, the perfect DIY I was looking for! Also love you glider, can you please share your source? looks very similar to one Ballard Design…


    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 21, 2014 10:38 am

      Hi Anne! Yes, the glider is from Ballard Design. It’s the Larkin Swivel Glider in the stock ecru fabric. I love it!

  5. Heather Braun permalink
    April 2, 2014 7:32 am

    I love the tutorial! I’m about to use it right now! How long were your strips for the ties? Maybe I missed it, I need more coffee… :)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 2, 2014 9:46 am

      I looked back and you’re right—I don’ think I said. I’d guess between 16-20 inches, so when you double up each half is 8-10 inches. Glad it is helpful—happy sewing!

  6. Erin permalink
    October 19, 2014 8:32 pm

    Hi there! Thanks for the tutorial! I want to get this crib but I’ve heard it can be tricky finding a mattress that fits, which makes me wonder if standard crib bedding fits nicely on it? Did you experience any issues there? Thank you in advance!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 20, 2015 10:49 am

      I have not experienced that issue at all, myself. I did get the mattress from Wal-Mart as well.

  7. Kent permalink
    December 26, 2014 11:40 pm

    I love this tutorial! I’m wanting to do a ruffled skirt for my daughter’s nursery. Do you think I could do ruffled panels instead of flat?

  8. February 5, 2015 6:33 am

    You pulled it off so well. I really love the color of the fabric you used, it is pretty much cool for a baby boy. The best crib formation I’ve searched so far.

  9. Jen permalink
    January 23, 2016 11:07 pm

    This was a great tutorial! I pulled this off flawlessly (and I’m not a seamstress)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 27, 2016 12:28 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad it worked for you – I am no seamstress either!


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