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.
1 1/4 yard of each fabric for the ruffles.
I used fabric from the Kensington Line by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake.
Matching thread, pins, rotary mat and cutter, sewing machine, etc. 🙂
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.
Here is a video of how to make a fabric ruffle if that would help. 🙂
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.
The top ruffle will be sewn along the top of the side fabric. But we need to mark 4 1/2″ below that and 4 1/2″ again below that.
To do this I measure 4 1/2″ with my ruler and mark dots using my fabric pen all along the fabric. Then I take my large ruler and line up the dots and mark the line all the way across. Above are a couple pictures showing that process.
After the side fabric is marked, pin your bottom ruffle to the bottom line. Pin well.
Once pinned, we can sew the ruffle to the side fabric. Using a small stitch, sew under the stitch made when you ruffled the fabric. Back stitch in the beginning and end.
Next pin the middle ruffle to the next line up. Follow the same directions as above.
Then do the same thing with your top ruffle.
Now you have a finished side piece! Yay!! Ooh and ahh at how beautiful it looks.
Finish the other two sides sewing on their ruffles.
Pin one short side piece to the short side of your main piece.
Again sew just under the stitch line, back stitching at the beginning and end.
Isn’t it pretty??
I wasn’t able to iron my seams down because of the type of fabric on my main piece. So to make it look more finished, I sewed the seam up and stitched it down. I love how it turned out. This part isn’t necessary, but that is what I did instead of pressing.
Sew your other short side on the main piece using the same directions and then sew the front side piece on.
Now you have a beautiful Ruffled Crib Skirt ready to go on your sweet baby girl’s crib! The next step is to sit and stare at your work and get even more excited for baby to come. 🙂
Thank you to The Ribbon Retreat for having me and make sure to check back next week for a tutorial on how to make the crib sheet! It’s so stinkin’ easy, you’ll be shocked at how fun they are to make.
Thank you Shirley! That Ruffled Crib Skirt is gorgeous, and your sweet little girl is going to love her ruffles for sure! Thank you for sharing, and we can’t wait for next week to learn how to make that adorable crib sheet!
Shirley is an awesome Contributor and team member, and she has shared some terrific tutorials with us. To see more fabulous projects by Shirley, click here. Some of her projects include a Ric Rac Rose, a Tulle Halloween Wreath, and her VERY popular How To Make A Tutu tutorial!
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