DIY No Sew Adjustable Crib Skirt

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Chickadee has quite a DIY kind of nursery. Everything from her painted crib to her IKEA Hack dresser. So of course her crib skirt would be a simple do it yourself project as well. I really can’t even believe I am doing this as a tutorial because it is so easy. Seems silly, but you just might thank me because all your crib skirt search problems are now solved.

So here is the how to on creating your very own adjustable crib skirt. Focus on the word adjustable there….crib mattresses begin at the highest setting, but as baby grows the mattress comes down and the skirt has to come up. So that is why it’s adjustable. 

So back to the tutorial:

Supplies: Fabric of your choice (mine is from Hobby Lobby), stitch witchery, iron, binder clips

01. Measure your crib the front of the crib. (I didn’t actually do this, but think it is a good idea). Add 1-2 feet to the measurement. (If you want the skirt to be on the sides as well, measure those too, add 1 foot & then follow directions same as for the front.)

02. Go to the fabric store (or Hobby Lobby) and purchase the length you measured. We have a pretty standard size crib and the sides don’t really show due to a wall and the laundry basket so I only skirted the front! I purchased 2 yards.

03. Iron your fabric

04. Choose one of the LONG sides of your fabric and using an iron and stitch witchery. Fold up one side, just enough to cover the witchery and “hem.” The packaging will tell you all about setting your iron and how long to press before the magic happens! 

05. Take out the crib mattress or prop it up on the back of the crib. Feed your fabric, hemmed edge down, between the springs and rails of the crib. Lower until the bottom edge brushes the floor. 

06. Fold over the excess fabric and lay on top of the springs. Use the binder clips to attache the fabric in place! Start with the far sides, the bunch to your liking as you clip moving inward.

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If you want to add the skirt to the sides of the crib follow the same directions.

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If I’m getting real, I didn’t hem the bottom of my fabric…it had a pretty smooth edge and against the carpet it is hardly noticeable unless you crawl down on the floor to look.

So that is how I made a washable, adjustable, easily removable crib skirt out of the fabric of my choice! The entire project took 5 minutes and $12. Anyone else creating a DIY nursery??? 

 

Chickadee is 9 Months

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Dear Squirt (Chickadee),

Squirt has stuck as a nickname lately. Not really sure where it came from but it’s here to stay…for now. Happy 9 months Squirt! 3/4 of a year :o) We love you more and more each and every day, and I didn’t even know that was possible! You have our hearts.

We just had your 9 month checkup. You weighed in at 18lbs 2oz and were 28 inches long. Thankfully, no shots were given but you did have to be brave when they drew your blood for your anemia test. You passed! You are down to two naps a day, usually around 9:15 and 1:30. At night you are sleeping 11-12 hours, and recently have started rolling over to your stomach, we are flipping you over for now but I think we are just going to have to let you figure out sleeping on your tummy soon. 

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Your 9th month could be characterized as BUSY and on the move. It has been a joy to watch you progress from lunging forward to rocking to rolling on the floor and then pushing up to a sitting position. You are soooooo close to crawling, I’m positive it is going to happen any day. 

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We love interacting with you and getting you to mimic our actions. Lately, you’ve been blowing air between your lips, waving hello, and clapping when you get excited. I love watching your soak in the world & enjoy every moment. 

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Every day when dad comes home y’all love to play peekaboo. He hides on the other side of the door and pops out while you giggle and giggle. He is so good at getting you to laugh…and you love him so. His daily sacrifice for our family is such an earthly example of how our Savior loves us unconditionally. 

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We went back to the beach for the 4th of July with Pop’s side of the family. It took you a few days to get used to being in a new place but once you adjusted you slept and napped like a champ. This time around you LOVED the ocean! We did a lot of sitting where the waves crash and having our bathing suits fill up with sand. You splashed and tried your best to eat lots of shells. Bebe bought us a slushie one day while we were sitting under the umbrella and you loved it. You spent lots of time with your cousins since we were all in the same house. They loved doting on you and playing with your toys! 

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You have continued to add to your menu items. We pretty much will give you anything these days (besides honey of course). A few new foods you’ve tried are chicken, pasta, black beans, lima beans, eggs, and french fries! You love them all :o) We are so thankful you are such a great eater, just like your dad. 

We hit the lottery with you baby girl. You are such a happy little lady. We have our tough moments but each and every one of them are worth it for the thousands of smiles, excited squeals, and snuggly moments.

Love you!

 

DIY {Photo}Book Covers

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was embarking on a makeover of our guest bedroom/craft room. It’s not the biggest of spaces, but we are making it work for us. There is a daybed in the room which is great for guests & space…it only takes up the square footage of a twin but has a trundle so can sleep two! The large desk that was opposite the bed I’ve moved into the closet and while it freed up a lot of usable space in the room we also lost a lot of the storage space from in the closet. So MANY items had to find new homes.

Some of those items were photo albums full of great memories from college. I loaded them up on one of the bookshelves in my new piece from IKEA, but….all the different spine colors & textures…it just wasn’t working for me. I needed to classy the shelf up! 

So I grabbed a couple pieces of scrapbook paper that coordinated with the room and got to work. I wasn’t looking for a permanent fix, so besides the paper I only needed tape. I cut the paper wide enough and tall enough to wrap just around the spine. Then I taped them down.

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It took probably 12 minutes to cover all 6 photo albums. What a huge difference it made!

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By no means was this little DIY necessary but boy doesn’t it look nice!