Peek-a-boo Pleated Crib Skirt Tutorial

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

As promised, I have put together a tutorial for the peek-a-boo pleated crib skirt as revealed in my previous nautical nursery post. Please note, this tutorial is for a crib skirt with a front side only. This works well for cribs with drawers underneath. You can easily adapt this idea to included side panels, but the fabric quantities listed are for a front panel only.

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  • Main fabric (ships in my case) 1 1/4 yds
  • Peek-a-boo panels (wheels in my case) 5/8 yd
  • Base (underside of mattress) 1 1/2 yds
  • Ribbon 1 yd

From the Materials above cut:

  • 53” x 29” base
  • 2 – 19.5” x 14” end panels
  • 2 – 19.5” x 14.5” middle panels
  • 3 – 19.5” x 8” peek-a-boo panels
  • 6 – 5” ribbon strips

Note: All seem allowances are 1/2” unless noted otherwise.

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Pin and sew one end panel right sides together with one peek-a-boo panel aligning the 19.5” sides. Finish seams with a serger or zig zag stitch.

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Pin and sew one middle panel right sides together with the peek-a-boo panel you just sewed along the 19.5” side. Finish the seams.

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Continue sewing panels and peek-a-boo panels until you have one long rectangle. You should have a sequence of end panel, peek-a-boo, middle panel, peek-a-boo, middle panel, peek-a-boo, and end panel.

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Press all finished seams away from the peek-a-boo panels.

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Finish the bottom raw edge of the rectangle with a serger or zig zag stitch.

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Press the bottom edge under to the wrong side 1/2” and hem.

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Mark the middle of each peek-a-boo panel.

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Fold the left panel seam in to meet the mark and pin.

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Repeat for the right panel seam and lightly press in place.

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Use a long stitch to baste the pleat in place at 3/8”. Repeat for each peek-a-boo pleat panel.

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Serge or zig zag the top edge of the long rectangle.

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Press the short edge of the rectangle to the wrong side 1/2”. Press under 1/2” again and hem.

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Serge or zig zag all four sides of the base material. Fold the short sides of the base in 1/2” to the wrong side and hem. Align the top long side of the rectangle of panels with a long side of the base material right sides together. Pin and sew with 1/2” seam allowance.

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Press the seam allowance toward the base material.

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Press the peek-a-boo pleats open.

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Heat seal each end of the 5” ribbons. Then tie them in knots.

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Hand stitch the ribbons in place securing the pleats as you stitch.

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Place the crib skirt on the crib and admire those pretty pleats!!

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  1. i love your pleated bed skirt and can't wait to make one for my own nursery. thanks so much for the tutorial :)

  2. Can anyone please provide the side measurements ?

  3. I know this is an old post but maybe I will get a reply. When I baste my pleats in, the length of the whole shebang is only like 36 1/2 inches, how does that fit on the 53 inch base? Seems like I am short a few panels. I have 7 as you directed.

    1. The 8” sections are the only parts in the pleat. The result should be 14”+14.5”+14.5”+14”=57” minus the seam allowances and side hems equals 53”

  4. Found your tutorial while looking for a color blocked pleated skirt. I am going to use the instructions for a little girls skirt, not sure about the measurements but I will figure it out. Thanks for the tutorial.

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