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Madison’s crib skirt recently got removed, and I jumped at the opportunity to upcycle it. Honestly, I’m a huge fan of upcycling fabric from clothes, sheets, etc. since I’m not a great seamstress. I die a little less on the inside if I mess up on a piece of fabric that was going to be disposed of anyway rather buying a 7$/yd new fabric and making a beginner sewing mistake there!
Recently, I made a denim doll skirt out of an old jean’s leg which got me excited about sewing more doll clothes. I came up with this super easy way to upcycle the crib skirt into baby & me skirts for my toddler and her doll. Here’s a picture of one of the sides of the crib skirt to start out with! It was perfect salmon polka dot color with a ribbon accent on the bottom.
And if you don’t have a crib skirt around, this DIY doll dress can also be made from an upcycled bed skirt.
Supplies for Upcyling a Crib Skirt:
- An old crib skirt to start with (you could also use a bed skirt if you’d prefer!)
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
How to Make a DIY Doll Skirt:
All I did was first prepare the fabric by washing and ironing the four side pieces.
I then decided how wide I wanted each skirt to be and cut that length. Folding it over, I sewed along the side and then cut the fabric all nice and tidy. Then I cut off length from the top to make the fabric the perfect height. The beauty of this project is you don’t have to sew a hem because it’s already there.
The next thing I did was to sew the casing. I could write out how to do this, but this tutorial here is so much better at showing how to make a waistband casing! It also shows how to add the elastic in at the end. Here’s me in the process of making the casing.
And here’s the finished project!
And here’s my daughter and her doll sporting their matching outfits!