This really was one of the thriftiest and easiest ideas I've heard in a while! I was telling a friend how I wanted to make a crib skirt because they cost WAY to much money in store.
This is her genius idea: use an Ikea curtain. I'm sure it would work with any other curtain too, this was just her comment, and I happened to have 2 on-hand.
A while back I made curtains for our apartment in California. They had Velcro across the top and I embellished with some red and white fabric. If you want to see that post, go here. That was barely over a year ago. They were taken down and put in the excess fabric bin until now.
Yesterday, I took one and laid it out wrong side up (I didn't feel like taking the time to take off the red/white fabric).
See, no red/white fabric and the material already has small running stitches, so it didn't matter.
Then using a sharpie and measuring tape, I used the running stitches as guidelines, and marked my lengths to cut.
The very bottom of the drape I used as the front of the skirt. A width of this curtain fits almost perfectly across the crib front. The sides are almost exactly half the width of the front. However, I still cut one for each, you could get away with chopping one in half and hemming the side. The bottom was 27" and the 2 sides (since they would need a bottom hem) were cut 28".
Then I embellished the front of the crib skirt. Easy, something attractive, and simple.
So here's what I've been looking at under the crib (such a good place for storage!).
And now I see this! I'm loving it.
The HOW-TO: put the front piece in position and TAPE to the board (that your crib mattress sits on). Duct tape would work best, but I just used clear packing tape. It's what I had on-hand. You will have about 5 inches extra to work with. For the sides I folded the fabric in half and did the same tape job.
Why tape? Well, eventually we'll lower the crib mattress as our little boy becomes jumpy and mobile, this way I can reposition the skirt to meet the height of the mattress. Easy and the skirt doesn't move around! Nothing more annoying that a wiggly bed skirt when you change the sheets.
So that's it. I do like it. It was easy, functional, not overly bold, and repurposed!
A side-note. Here's a blanket that I just received from my mom-in-law. She has been a crocheter in the past, but has give up her needles for this instead. She did a great job! The little ruffly edges are impeccably cut even. Hours of love went into this one.