Skirting The Issue

We’re back with another update on John’s sister’s little-boy-on-the-way nursery that we’ve been transforming for the past few weeks (see how we painted stripes and hung mirrors here). This week’s project is a custom crib skirt that we easily whipped up on the cheap with fabric that we snagged on sale and without the use of a sewing machine- or even a needle and thread! Here’s how:

Simple, right? We love that all you need is some fabric you heart, a measuring tape, an iron, hem tape and a bit of velcro. And this was actually our first time taking on a project like this, so if we can do it on camera you can totally follow along at home (hopefully with an iron that’s on). John’s favorite part was when I said “you’ll have a ribbon of stick” when I was struggling to describe the iron-on tape. Eh, you win some, you lose some.

And speaking of winning, how great is it that Emily can now shove a ton of stuff under her crib and no one will ever be the wiser? Especially since she thought she couldn’t have a crib skirt in a modern baby-boy nursery for fear that it would look too frilly or traditional for her tastes. Thank goodness for that inky blue geometric fabric! We love that it’s clean and modern yet oh-so-kid-friendly at the same time. Kids like shapes, right? Especially paired with zoo animals.

So that’s the rundown of our crib skirt adventure. Stick around for more DIY nursery undertakings and of course the big reveal. And because we know you appreciate a budget breakdown, we’ll leave you with our total cost for this entire project: $35. And that includes velcro, iron on hem tape, and two yards of high-end-but-on-sale fabric. We probably could have done the whole thing in under $15 but we fell hard for the fancier fabric and didn’t look back. And a custom $35 crib skirt still isn’t bad at all when you consider that this one from Restoration Hardware Baby can run ya $80.

Oh and we even had enough extra fabric leftover to make a pillow for the chair next to the crib so that’s also included in the total (we’re going to use the fabric in reverse for a complementary lighter blue pop of color nearby). Can’t wait. Seriously is it nerdy that this stuff gets us all giddy and hyper? Do any of you guys have a DIY nursery project of your own going on right now? Any buns in the oven out there? Any kid room makeovers in general (from toddler to big boy or tween to teen for example)? Let’s hear it.

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