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DIY Crib Bed Skirt with Gathered Dust Ruffle

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Today I’ll show you how to make a DIY crib bed skirt with a gathered dust ruffle. We’re in the middle of converting our den into a baby’s room. We’re keeping it simple — borrowed our niece Madison’s crib, kept the room painted light gray — and have begun accenting with oodles of girly fabric.

This project focuses on how to make a dust ruffle bed skirt for a crib or toddler bed. Below is what the crib looked like before without the crib skirt…

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Voila! All the extra diapers, humidifier, and accessories are now hidden under a wall of pink below…

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

The biggest challenge making this dust ruffle project is dealing with the volumes of fabric. But overall, it’s basically easy straight stitching to get a custom bedskirt in your fabric of choice at the right crib height.

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Supplies for how to make a DIY crib bed skirt with gathered dust ruffle:

How to make a DIY gathered dust ruffle bed skirt:

Step 1: Cut your base piece of your bedskirt

Your base piece is the fabric that will go under your mattress; eventually, you’ll be attaching your ruffles to all four sides of this piece. Usually, store-bought brands use a thin white material for the base piece but I used pink to avoid instances where the white creeps out on the edges …I think that’s sloppy-looking and it bugs me so I say make a colored base piece.

For size, measure the metal crib base underneath the mattress and add 2” to each. For instance, our crib base was 50.5” x 26.5”, so I cut a base piece that was 52.5” x 28.5”.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Step 2: Cut your ruffle pieces

Cut two side ruffle pieces and two front/back pieces. Again, you’ll be dealing with a lot of fabric here so I recommend measuring twice and cutting once.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

For the two left/right side pieces: Measure the width of the metal crib base underneath the mattress, multiply by 2x and add 2 inches. Measure the height of the metal crib base to the floor and add 4”. For instance, our crib width was 26.5” and 18” to the floor, so I cut two 55” x 22” pieces.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

For the two front/back pieces: Measure the length of the metal crib base underneath the mattress multiply by 2x and add 2 inches. Measure the height of the metal crib base to the floor and add 4”. For instance, our crib length was 50.5” and 18” to the floor, so I cut two 103” x 22” pieces.

Because I bought 44″ wide fabric and was making an 18″ high bed skirt, I was able to just slice the fabric down the middle to make the two ruffles (they are both 22″ high).

Step 3: Make side seams on ruffle pieces

Take one of your ruffle pieces and put one of the left/right short ends wrong side up on your ironing board. Turn the short end under 0.5 inch and press. Turn it again 0.5 inch and press; notice that your raw edge is now hidden within the ironed seam. Sew a straight stitch close to the edge to create a side seam. Repeat on the other short end of your ruffle piece.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Repeat this step for the other three ruffle pieces.

Step 4: Make hems on bottom sides of on ruffle pieces

Place one of your seamed ruffle pieces wrong side up on your ironing board. Turn up one of the long edges .5 inches and press. You’ll be dealing with a lot of fabric here so just roll it over your board and iron as you go.

Gathered Dust Ruffle for Cribs and Toddler Beds by Kathy Beymer at MerrimentDesign.com

Now turn up the same long side 2.5 inches and press; notice that your bottom raw edge is now hidden within the hem.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Sew a straight stitch close to the edge to create a hem. Note that your top edge (the one opposite of the sewn hem) will still be raw. Repeat this step for the other three ruffle pieces.

Step 5: Baste and gather your ruffle

Change your sewing machine stitch to a long stitch. Sew basting stitches along the raw top edge about 0.5 inch down. Remember *not* to backstitch – you want to be able to pull the threads later to make your gathers. Sew a second row of basting stitches about 0.75 inches down from your first stitch. (Now yes, you can gather with only doing one stitch but I think it’s easier to make the gathers with two, and it protects you if one of the thread breaks as you’re pulling it).

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Take the two top threads on one side and pull. Your fabric will start to gather. Push the gathers towards the middle, working from each side to evenly distribute the gathers. You’ll want to gather the fabric until it’s 1 inch shorter than your base fabric on both sides. In other words, take the width of your base piece, subtract 2”, and gather your ruffles to that measurement.

Repeat this step for the other three ruffle pieces.

Step 6: Attach your ruffles to the base piece of the bedskirt

Here is the method that I worked out so I could finish the seams while avoiding getting out my serger ☺

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Line up the gathered end of one ruffle onto the base piece, right sides together. Place the ruffle’s raw gathered edge 0.5” from the raw *long* edge of the base piece. You’ll have 1” of exposed base piece on the left and right side of the ruffle. Turn the base piece’s raw edge under 0.5” and then again 0.5” to hide the ruffle. Your raw edges should now be sealed. Pin.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Continue along the entire long edge of your ruffle piece.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Sew close to the edge. Repeat this step for the other three ruffles. When you get to a corner, turn the sewn edge down on itself like in the photo below.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Fold your raw edge up 0.5″ and then another 0.5″ to hide edges inside the hem.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Pin and sew close to the edge as above.

Gathered Dust Ruffle or Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Step 7: Adjust hem as your child grows

As you adjust the bed lower and lower, your bedskirt will need to be re-hemmed so that it continues to brush the floor rather than puddle onto it. Just measure the new height, turn up all four sides to that height, and sew.

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Rachel R Sanders

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

I'm fairly new to sewing but this tutorial looks like something (surely) I can follow! I appreciate the pictures. Was wondering, is there a reason for doing all four sides of the crib if it is up against the wall? I was just thinking of the skirt on my own bed and how it only has three sides, so maybe I could do the same for this and save one step, or do you think it would look unfinished/hide any imperfections if I'm off any ways on the sides

Kathy

Friday 24th of February 2017

Hi Rachel! I think you could get away with doing 3 sides. I'd love to see a photo when you're done! I'm at facebook.com/merrimentdesign Happy sewing!

Maria

Monday 2nd of May 2016

What is the name make/model of this crib? I have the same one and it was given to me as a gift. My sister wanted one and I have no clue! Will def be making this for us

Kathy Beymer

Monday 2nd of May 2016

Ooh, Maria I wish I knew the make/model of the crib! My mother-in-law gave it to us and put it together, and we've since passed it on. I'd love to see a photo of your bed skirt! Share it at facebook.com/merrimentdesign

sharron lindenstruth

Saturday 19th of September 2015

I love this pattern and am trying it out now. Thanks

Kathy Beymer

Monday 21st of September 2015

Hi Sharron, let me know how it goes! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Amber

Wednesday 24th of June 2015

I am going to use your tutorial to try to duplicate this skirt (it has two layers-NOT tiered): https://www.etsy.com/listing/220030951/pink-and-ivory-lace-gathered-pink-ruffle?ref=favs_view_11 I am a novice sewer. Do you think I should ruffle each layer separately, and then sew them on to my base piece? Or should I ruffle the two layers together?

Sara

Tuesday 28th of January 2014

I have the Madison crib but cannot recall the name of the manufacturer and now I need the conversion kit. I don't suppose you have any insight on that?

Please LMK. svanscherpe@gmail.com

Kathy Beymer

Thursday 30th of January 2014

Hi Sara, sorry, I am not sure where to get the conversion kit. I hope you have some luck finding it! It's a cute crib for sure.

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