DIY Matching Child + Doll Skirts Out of Old Crib Skirt

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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.

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I was able to make 4 skirts out of the crib skirt fabric with plenty of fabric to spare: one skirt each for Madison and Kathryn, and one skirt for each of their dolls.

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
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Elastic

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.

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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.

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And here’s the finished project!

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And here’s my daughter and her doll sporting their matching outfits!

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Like this DIY doll skirt idea?  See links to other upcycling projects and our crafts section.

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