How to Sew a Baby Bed Skirt

    by Kathryn Hatter

    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


    Crib bed skirts add interest to a crib ensemble. The bed skirt typically matches or complements the rest of the bedding in the crib, including the crib quilt, the bumpers and any other light blankets. Basic sewing skills will enable you to make your own bed skirt. With a homemade bed skirt, you can choose the fabric that will look perfect with your baby's crib ensemble.

    Things You'll Need

    • Crib mattress
    • Tape measure
    • Scissors
    • 1 1/2 yards of muslin for the base of the skirt
    • 3 yards of fabric for skirt ruffle
    • Iron
    • Sewing machine
    • Pins

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    Measure the crib mattress. A standard crib mattress measures 28 by 52 inches.

    Measure and cut a muslin fabric piece that measures 27 1/2 by 51 1/2 inches, making it slightly smaller than the crib mattress measurements.

    Measure and cut two rectangles for the width of the bed skirt out of the crib skirt fabric. Each piece should measure 60 by 11 inches. Cut two fabric rectangles for the length of the bed skirt, each one measuring 110 by 11 inches.

    Hem both width pieces and both length pieces of fabric by folding each raw edge under 1/4 inch, pressing and folding under another 1/4 inch to hide the raw edge. Press this hem well and pin to hold. Stitch along the hemmed edge with the sewing machine.

    Set your sewing machine to a long basting stitch. Sew two rows of basting across each raw edge of each of the four pieces of skirting. Carefully pull the ends of the basting threads to gather the fabric. If you don't pull carefully, you may break the basting stitching and then you will have to restitch the basting stitching.

    Spread out the gathering stitches to gather the entire length of the skirting evenly. While working with the gathers to make them even, also make the two longer skirting pieces match the length and the two shorter skirting pieces match the width of the muslin rectangle.

    Place right sides of the fabrics together and pin the raw, gathered edges of the skirting pieces to each matching side of the muslin rectangle. Sew the skirting pieces to the muslin rectangle. Remove the pins and clip stray threads.

    Place the crib skirt in the crib by placing the crib skirt underneath the mattress on top of the mattress support of the crib. Arrange the muslin so that it is smooth and arrange the ruffles so that they hang evenly. Place the crib mattress over the crib skirt and arrange the rest of the crib bedding.