HOW TO SHORTEN A “CRIB SKIRT”

While I was waiting for David to arrive, choosing a crib skirt set was a lot of fun. Although we didn’t know whether he was a boy, there were plenty of choices.

David’s nursery was mostly navy blue because I knew he was a boy and I thought I could use pink/floral accents if I was wrong. Pottery Barn’s Harper crib set was my choice. One of my frugal, practical friends suggested PB’s crib sheets. Crib sheet problems are a common complaint, but ours have been nothing short of amazing. Your crib skirt will drag on the ground, making it a less adorable set. Most people take it off. You then pack it away after your child is about six months old.

Crib Skirt

David’s crib is used for storage. Our Prince Naveen table leaf is underneath there. I love my crib skirt so much that I didn’t want it to go away. I cut it without sewing, which is more convenient and allows it to be reused.

Friends have complained about having to say goodbye to their crib skirts too soon. So I decided to make a tutorial. This is what moms┬átalk about…ad nauseam. Talking passionately about germs on the playground and crib skirts is what we do. Do you remember when your mom seemed the most boring person ever? (You were correct.)

Here is David’s crib, with the crib down and the skirt of the crib dragging the ground. It’s so messy. This was back in the days when David was dragging himself about. He still has the same hairstyle a year later.

The first step after lowering the mattress is to measure the drop needed for the crib skirt. This measurement should be taken from the floor to top of the mattress platform. Although I had a better picture, it didn’t show a chubby hands, so this is what I used.

Lay the crib skirt flat on the ground. Take the skirt and measure it from the bottom. Then mark the length of the skirt. My skirt required a 10” drop. However, the drop was approximately 16 inches. We had to remove 6 inches. I placed a safety pin at the bottom of my skirt. Safety pins are more cumbersome than straight ones, but they are important for little fingers that might be lurking.

Does this make sense? It’s very simple, and sometimes the easiest things are the hardest to explain. One time, I was asked to write an essay in a writing class about making PB&J.

Here is a photo showing the crib skirt reduced all the way. The corners are a bit wacky, but that’s because there are many layers of fabric. It is important to ensure that your folds are flat and neat.

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