From the moment we found out we were having a girl, I knew I wanted to do a ruffled crib skirt. At first I thought about rigging a ruffled shower curtain from urban outfitters, but I just couldn't imagine forking over $80 for something I was going to chop up. Then, I thought about just cutting long strips of fabric and making my own ruffles, but just the thought of that exhausted me. I found similar ready made versions online but they were over $200 and I definitely couldn't justify that. So, I had pretty much given up on the idea when I came across these ruffled curtain panels at Goodwill. I think my mom actually had some of these when we were growing up, only I'm pretty sure they were mauve or country blue to go along with our hearts and geese lamps ;)
They had 4 panels so I grabbed them all and gladly paid the $10 asking price for all four panels.
To my surprise they actually still sell curtains like these, and for $50/pair! Here are some from the so appropriately named country curtains website.
So back to the crib skirt. I started out by making a basic crib skirt. Basically I just sewed four panels together. I only made it three sided since I knew one side of the crib would be facing the wall.
I did not take any progress pictures, but I simply cut the ruffles off the curtain and sewed them in rows onto the panels that would hang down. We are getting our crib on Thursday so I don't have any staged after pictures but these give you an idea of what it looks like.
Even with the ruffles already made, this project took me around 3-4 hours. I can't imagine if I had done it all from scratch. I think the total cost ended up being around $15, not too bad. This concept could be adapted for a shower curtain, regular curtains, or even a normal bedskirt. So next time you are at at thrift store and run across some country curtains maybe you'll give them a second look!