How To Make A Ruffled Crib Skirt | Step-By-Step Procedure

Many mothers want to make a ruffled crib skirt for their baby’s crib. Because it not only gives an elegant look to the crib. But also hides the drawers and extra compartments attached with the crib to place baby’s toys, diapers, and essential accessories.

Take a look at our listed ruffled crib skirts which can enhance the beauty of your baby’s crib.

But the sad part is that they don’t even know how to make a gathered crib skirt. No more need to be low, Because, in this article, we will teach you the easiest methods to make a ruffled crib skirt. 

Making an adjustable crib skirt to make your baby’s tiny living more luxurious is not more burdensome. You can easily create a ruffled crib skirt by following the procedure that we will highlight in this article.

So let’s know the basic procedure to make a ruffled crib skirt for your little one.



1. FABRIC: Make sure that the fabric you choose must be breathable and soft. Secondly, the measurement of the material depends on the size of your baby’s crib. 

For a standard crib, 6 yards of fabric is enough. But if the crib is mini, you must go for 3 to 4 yards of fabric.

2. THREAD: The color of the thread depends on the color of the fabric. Select that one color of thread that will match the fabric. Also, make sure that the line should be of good quality (As some threads are too weak, break from between).

3.SEWING MACHINE: Of course, having a sewing machine is a must-have tool. Because this will give the fabric your desired design and look.

4. SEWING TOOLS: Keeping all the essential sewing tools with you while making a ruffled crib skirt can make your work pretty easier. However, if you are an expert in sewing, you do not need some tools.

But for beginners, keep the straight pins, Self-healing mat, ruler, pen or pencil, and rotary cutter with you. These all will help you to measure the fabric and inaccurate cutting accurately.


After collecting all the necessary stuff to make a ruffled crib skirt. Let’s move on to the basic procedure of how to make a crib skirt. 

Keep in mind that it’s a fundamental method to make a ruffled crib skirt. You can make it more and more attractive by using your creativity and some extra stuff (like flowers, butterflies, buttons, etc.).

So without further delay, let’s begin the process.

STEP 1: One of the first steps in making your bed is constructing a base to go underneath. This piece will be where you attach all the ruffles. So this fabric must match well with any other pieces or colors on display around your bedroom.

STEP 2: Measure the width and length of your crib’s metal base underneath where you place a mattress. To ensure there is enough space, add 2″ more on each side.

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STEP 3: Cut two side ruffle pieces and two front/back pieces according to the measurement. As you cut, take care to consider the bulk of all that fabric when placing your scissors; don’t let it get in the way.

STEP 4: For the two left/right side pieces: measure 2x the width of the metal crib base and add 4″, then multiply by height for length.

STEP 5: Take one of your ruffle pieces and put it on the wrong side so that you can have a nice, straight edge. Fold over 0.5 inches to create an ironed seam underneath. Where we want our raw edges covered with stitching later on in this project. 

Make sure it is lined up nicely because now would be the perfect time for any necessary adjustments. Pinch the fabric at fold point together tightly before sewing them down securely by hand or machine. Using a stitch close to but not touching either folded edge.

While also making sure no loose threads are sticking out from anywhere else around those folds. This will help keep things neat and give additional protection against coming undone when more layers get added onto these seams throughout construction.

STEP 6: Following step 5 for each of your other three layers will give you a beautifully layered and textured top.

STEP 7: After you’ve sewn your ruffles, take one of the wrong sides up pieces and turn over one long edge by .5 inches. This will make it easier to iron for a lot more fabric than you’ll need to complete this step. 

Place another piece next to the first on an ironing board with both right sides facing down. So they’re touching but not overlapping each other. Then press as needed until all edges are straightened out or even slightly curved if preferred.

STEP 8: The neat, straight hem is now hidden within the folds of fabric. Turn it up and press.

STEP 9: Sewing on a hem is the perfect way to give your ruffled skirt clean lines. The neatness of this technique will make it look professional and beautiful, even though you’re sewing by hand.

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Start with an easy stitch close to the edge if you want your ruffle pieces to have nice creases down their middle. You’ll still need some time in the end for that raw top edge (opposite from where we sewed our hems). Sew three more hems now so that there’s one going around all four sides of each piece.

STEP 10: To make a gathered skirt, change your sewing machine stitch to a long one. Sew basting stitches at the top raw edge of the dress as close together as you can and about 0.5 inches down from each other (do not backstitch). 

It is easier than just doing one row with two rows because if something goes wrong with pulling on threads, then there’s always another thread to use for gathering. 

This way also protects you against breaks in stitching that could happen when using only 1 row of basting stitches.

STEP 11: Gather the fabric until it’s 1 inch shorter than your base piece on both sides. This will create a ruffle that is not too short and not too long to look perfect at any length.

STEP 12:  Repeat the process to all the ruffle pieces to give them an exact look.

STEP 13: Take the gathered end of one ruffle and line it up on top of the base piece, right sides together. Place it so that its raw edge is 0.5″ from the long side (aka “seamless”) of your base piece while leaving 1″ exposed at each cut corner for sewing later on in this step.

Before turning under to seal off those corners with a small seam or stitch, pin down all four edges until you’re ready to sew them closed by pulling out any pins perpendicular to their intended direction.

They can get caught in moving fabric during construction or wear it if left unattended after pinning around an entire garment which may lead to next-to-impossible removal without damaging something else along the way.

STEP 14: Sew as close to the edge of each ruffle and turn down at corners with your threaded needle. Sew across all four long edges, then cut away any excess material, so there are no loose threads.

STEP 15: Uncurl your raw edge to hide the edges inside the hem. Fold up from one side of this new crease and fold over again so that it is now a 1″ wide strip of fabric with two folds in it. 

Pin these folded-over sections close together on either end and sew them shut using an invisible stitch or straight stitch.

STEP 16: When you lower the bed, your old skirt will no longer be able to reach the floor. When this happens, it becomes necessary for a new hem.

So that when pulling up on one side of the fabric from all four corners and sewing them together at an appropriate height, to achieve the desired length.

That’s it, by following all these steps correctly, you can make a ruffled crib skirt with ease. 


Q: How do you put a dust ruffle on a crib?

A: Push the drop sides of the crib skirt between the edge of your mattress support and either side of the frame. Pull out from the wall, arrange around the mattress on all fours so that it hangs evenly over the floor surface with a bottom layer snugly against each corner to keep it in place. Push back into position, replace sheeting for sleep time.

Q: How much fabric do I need for a crib skirt?

A: The amount of material used in a crib skirt can depend on what type of fabric is being used. For example, if an accent piece such as lace or velvet were chosen, this would require two ¾ yardages, while with muslin, only 1 ½ yard may suffice

Q: How do you adjust a crib skirt?

A: You can skip the skirt on the side of your crib if it is against a wall, and this will only take you two minutes to do. Just tack each panel onto the wooden platform below where your baby’s mattress sits so that there won’t be any accidents with the dust settling at their feet when they are lowered down for a sleeping time. When lowering them back up after sleep-time is over, make sure not to forget about removing all those tacks.

Q: Are crib skirts safe?

A: The bottom line of the crib skirt is that any soft, extraneous items in a crib besides a fitted sheet are unsafe for infants. I think some people may have an issue with this because they’re trying to make their baby’s bed look fancy and friendly – but safety takes precedence over aesthetics! You’ll also see crib skirts (they’re like simple dust ruffles) for sale. They’re safe but not essential.

Q: Does a crib skirt go under the mattress?

A: The crib mattress is placed on the adjustable platform and then covered with a skirt. The height of this can be adjusted depending on your needs, so you don’t have to worry about it being too high or low for your baby’s comfort.

Q: How long is a crib dust ruffle?

A: For a ruffle 22 or 23 inches deep, cut eight pieces of 45-inch comprehensive material that are at least 28 1/2 by 53 inches long. Remember to leave more fabric on each side than you need for the end so it can be tucked under and sewn into place later.

Q: How do you get wrinkles out of a crib skirt?

A: First, lay the bed skirt on top of the mattress and around all four corners to lie flat against it. Next, stand at one corner with a steam-ready clothing steamer in hand; cover this side of the fabric as well as any part you can see underneath carelessly. Remember: we want our guest’s first impression when they arrive to be perfect.

Q: How much fabric do you need for a crib bed skirt?

A: A crib skirt is usually measured in yards, so how many you need will depend on the fabric. If you’re using an accent fabric like velvet or silk, then 2¾ yards of it should be plenty to make a simple skirt that’s 27″ long and 56″ wide at its widest point (including hem). Muslin takes 1½ yards per garment- about half as much as those other fabrics.


At the end of this article, we hope that you can now easily make a ruffled crib skirt for your baby’s crib.  Always keep in mind that nothing is more precious than making your baby’s stuff with your own hands. This feeling and pleasure is beyond this world. So try to get this feeling because it will give you more happiness and satisfaction.

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