I’m 37.5 weeks pregnant now (what! what?! I’m full term! AH!) and madly working on our baby girl’s nursery. It’s slowly starting to come together now, hopefully we will get it all done before she arrives! I’m praying that she doesn’t come early, especially since Jeff is traveling this week and 3,000 miles away in Atlanta, and because there are so many baby projects I want to finish before she makes her big debut. So much to do, so little time!! Stay inside my belly, little girl!
One of the bigger projects that I just finished was this white ruffled tiered crib skirt:
I absolutely love how it turned out!! I was inspired by this Pottery Barn Kids Emerson ruffle crib skirt, but I didn’t want to pay $79 for it:
(photo from Pottery Barn Kids)
$79?! That’s a lot for a crib skirt!! So I decided to make it myself!! I bought about 5 yards of white cotton material (about $5/yard) and did lots of cutting, serging, ironing, ruffling, pinning and sewing. I didn’t take a lot of pics of the process or write a full tutorial because most of the sewing was done late at night. I’ve been having lots of insomnia lately, which I heard is common late in the third trimester, so sewing has been the perfect remedy. I did take these pictures of steps along the way:
Some notes about this project:
1. I made this for a standard size crib mattress which is 28″ x 52″. The base rectangle is 28″x52″ and the 3 side panels are made to those dimensions with the height of skirt that I wanted (15 inches). I made the side panels on the shorter side, about 15 inches long, and not floor length because the crib mattress will eventually be lowered when she gets bigger and I don’t want it puddling on the floor. I only sewed ruffled side panels on three sides of the crib skirt since the crib was going to be pushed against the wall and you wouldn’t see the fourth side.
2. I made three layers of ruffles for each side panel. Each ruffled piece is 6″ tall and the length is cut to be twice as long as the width of the panel. (For example, for the long panel, each ruffle piece was cut 6″x104″) If you want it more ruffly, cut your strips even longer.
3. Each ruffle layered about 1″ on top of the ruffle piece beneath it, to hide the top seam.
4. It really helped having a serger for this project, as it made hemming all the individual layers so much easier. I wish I also had a ruffler foot and learned how to make a rolled hem with my serger, those would have shaved hours off of this project, too!!
5. Since I didn’t have a ruffler foot, I ruffled each piece the old fashioned way: sewing long basting stitches along the top edge of the panel and then pulling the thread to create the ruffles.
This project took me about 3 nights to finish. I’m not going to lie, it was a lot of work! The ruffling almost killed me! I’m so happy with the way it turned out though, I think it ended up looking just like the Pottern Barn version:
Here it is on the new crib!!
The beautiful white crib is the Pottery Barn Larkin 4-in-1 Crib, a generous gift from my parents for their first grandchild. The gray fitted crib sheet is from the Harper nursery collection, also from Pottery Barn Kids. I’m going for a mainly white and gray nursery with some pink accents. Because white and gray can be a little on the boyish side, I like how the ruffles add a touch of girliness to the decor.
I’m so pleased with the way it turned out! I love anything with ruffles on it!