Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Girls Room- The Crib Skirt

So the next part of my little girls room that I worked on was the crib skirt/dust ruffle.
I wanted to do pink and brown throughout the room, but while I was looking for fabric I didn't find any patterned pink and brown fabric that I liked. All I could find were small flower prints or patterns that too many other colors mixed in. I wanted a big bold pattern so I decided to make it myself. I used plain pink and brown fabric and cut it into strips.
I cut 42 strips in each color at 1 inch wide. Then I cut 38 strips in each color measuring 2.5" wide.
I alternated the colors and sizes of the strips and sewed them together vertically.

After leaving a 1/4" inch seam allowance the final stripes were 1/2" and 2" wide.
The pattern I had called for the two long sides of the crib skirt to be 52" and the short side to measure at 26". I wanted to have some 'ruffle' in my dust ruffle though so I made them longer. My long sides were 62 inches long and the short sides were 31 inches each.
I used pink double-fold bias tape to finish off the lower edge of the ruffle.
So after I cut out a base to go under the mattress in the crib (out of a plain white fabric) it was time to pin the ruffles to the base. Since I had purposely made them 'too wide', I had to work to evenly distribute that extra length throughout the piece.
I sewed the sides to the base with right sides together. Then I turned the ruffle over and top stitched right next to the original stitching line to help it lie flat.
Here's the finished ruffle.

And hanging in the crib: under the sheet.


Net said...

Wow that's super! How clever. I'm looking forward to seeing some photos of your beautiful baby in hat cot!

Our Little Inspirations said...

You have a wonderful blog!! I'm really enjoying all of your wonderful projects, including this beautiful sheet and ruffle combination! You're one crafty person!!