Saturday, January 14, 2012

Box Pleat Crib Skirt Tutorial!

I am really cutting it close...about 5 weeks to go and I am still making things for the nursery!  David has been painting away...(and really got into posing for blog photos!)
"It looks like a mustache, right?"  "Umm...sure honey!" 

"Okay, get this action shot."
Now, I probably won't do a whole post just about paint color, so I will tell you in this post that we used this:
Behr Ultra in "Spring Stream"
This paint is great- it really does cover anything underneath and you can do one coat! It's a very close match to Tiffany Blue- which is in the fabric we chose for the room- yes, I said "we" because David was very involved in the process of choosing the fabrics.  I will use the same fabric for the window valance as I do for the crib skirt, and then I might make a pillow for the glider, and perhaps a Boppy cover...maybe even a mobile with the scraps.  So keep an eye out for future posts!
To make my Box Pleated Crib Skirt, you will need:
-About 1 1/2 yards of white muslin (for the part that will be under the mattress)
-About 2 yards of the main fabric (where I used the brown floral print)
-About 1 1/2 yards of the accent fabric (where I used the coral polka-dots)
-Coordinating thread (one spool should be plenty)
-Scissors, Rotary Cutter, Iron and Sewing Machine

(***ALWAYS wash, dry, and iron your fabric first!  I allowed wiggle room for shrinking in the amounts above.***)

Cut the following from your fabric (Hint:  Cotton tears really well!  For those long measurements I let 'er rip, then I used my rotary cutter to do the shorter cut.)

-one piece 49" x 27"

Main fabric
-2 pieces 60" x 9.5"
-2 pieces 38" x9.5"

Accent fabric
-2 pieces 60" x 5"
-2 pieces 38" x 5"

Okay, now let's put all that together!!!  For this entire tutorial, use a 1/2" seam allowance.

1.  With right sides facing, attach the trim to the main fabric lengthwise. (You can use a serger if you prefer.)

2. Iron your seams nice and flat! (If you used a serger, still do this!)

3. Zig-zag (or serge)  around the perimiter of the whole piece.  Do this as close to the edge as possible.

4. Mitre the bottom corners of the trim following the steps in the photos below.
Fold corner in 1/2" and iron down.
Fold over the bottom hem 1/2" and iron.
Fold in the side hem 1/2" and iron.
5.  Sew down the side and bottom hems.

 6.  Make your box pleats (one per panel) following the instructions in the photos below.  I wanted a very simple look- but if you want a series of box pleats, simply add 10" per pleat and go to town!
Find the exact center and mark with a quilting marker or fabric pencil.
Measure and mark 5" on either side of the center.
Pinch the mark on the left, and fold over so that the mark touches the center mark.  Be sure its lined up perfectly all the way to the bottom hem then iron.  Repeat for the other side.
Pin, then baste in place 1/4" from the edge.
7. Attach the panels to the muslin and iron seams flat.

And you're done!  Enjoy making your little one's nursery as special and unique as they are...and come back for more nursery projects that are in the works (or at least in my head!!!)  To see all the projects in their completely final form (like this on the crib) keep coming by- I will do a "reveal" post when the nursery is complete!

***Please remember that this tutorial is my original work.  It is intended for personal use only.  Feel free to link directly to this post but please do not copy it.  THANKS!!!***

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  1. This is a adorable idea! I love the paint color.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

    1. THanks!!! Stopped by your blog- that smoothie recipe looks good, I just worked on a smoothie post myself but I'm saving it to use during my "maternity leave" in a few weeks. Hope you'll follow back :)

  2. That is really cute, I love the colors you picked! I'm due in less than 2 weeks and I'm still making things for my baby too! I can't find the crib skirt I had from my other son, so I may have to make a new one now! Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Thanks Casey, let me know if you need any more info! The measurements should be standard, but I have a Simmons crib if that helps :)

  3. The crib skirt looks so nice. I love the fabrics you chose. Makes me want to make another for my little guy's room.

    1. Go for it! Even little ones like a scenery change every now and then!

  4. Love this. I especially love the instructions for getting a mitred corner (is that what it's called in sewing?). I will be pinning this for sure. THanks so much for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party.

    1. Yup- a mitred corner looks so nice and as you can see above its really easy to do!

  5. Why are the measurements for the muslin 49 by 27, and the side panels are 5 by 38? That's 10 inches in difference?

  6. Abby- the extra 10" is for the pleats :)

  7. the fabric i am using is only 45 inches wide - any suggestions on where I should sew two pieces together to get to 60?

    1. I would measure and hide the seam inside the pleat :) I had a large piece of fabric with a pattern that I could use lengthwise, so I didn't think about this being a problem, haha! Thanks for bringing it up!

  8. I had the same question...

    1. Hi, I would hide a seam inside the pleat, see above :) And to both of you, sorry I took so long to answer, I have been taking a blog break!

  9. I ran across your tutorial when looking up how to make a crib skirt. I absolutely loved it. You made it so simple by the step by step instructions. It has been forever since I last sewed anything, I loved watching this project come together. Now to ask a question, do you have a tutorial on how to make a crib sheet? Or know where I can find one. Thanks for sharing your talents.

    1. Thanks so much! I am glad you liked the tute! I do not have one for a sheet...but that is a great idea! I found some plain brown ones to use so I didn't sew my own. I do think I've seen one somewhere out there in blogland before but I can't remember where. Hopefully if you google it you can find a good one. Good luck! And I would love to see a pic of your crib skirt if you want to stop by my facebook page sometime!

  10. After making a beautiful skirt from your awesome directions, I would just like to add that for a standard sized crib (52x27) this is a tad bit short. It doesn't go all the way to the leg. If you have a standard sized crib, you may want to add a few inches to all the lengths so that it covers everything that it should.For example, I would cut the muslin probably 51 by 26 so that it would go all the way to the leg on all sides. Thanks for such detailed instructions!

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I must have a different sized crib or something, but I'm glad you figured out a way to make it work for you!!! I'd love to see a picture! You can always post one on my facebook page.

  11. Hi there! I'm considering your pattern for a project can you tell me how many yards do i need of each fabric? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi! It's at the top of the post, but I know there's a lot of info there so its easy to miss! I always leave wiggle room for shrinking and then some in my amounts, so you could get by with slightly less probably. About 1.5 yards muslin for the part under the mattress, 1.5 yards for accent fabric, and 2 yards for main fabric. Of course, you may want more to make a window treatment or other room accent :)
      Post a pic on my FB page if you make one!

  12. Hi I love it! I'm planning to make one for my little man due in June but I've never sewed before...hope it won't be too difficult! ;)

    1. You will do great! I put all the steps in there! Be sure to measure your crib and be sure the measurements are just right for yours. It should be pretty standard though! I would love to see a pic on my FB page when you finish! You can always email me if you need any help.

  13. I am preparing to cut my accent fabric, but the 1 1/2 yards listed at the top of the directions is not long enough to create the 60" x 5" piece. Am I doing something wrong? Is the only option to piece it together and hide a seam in the pleat?

    1. You got it- just hide the seam in the pleat~ I need to add that in there :)THanks!

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