This is a simple tutorial on how I made my crib skirt from a sheet. It's a ruffled skirt that fits any crib but I'll tell you some hints on how you can tailor yours to fit your needs. This could be for a beginner, but I don't explain the basting or hemming process. :)
Step 1. I started with a twin size sheet. It measured 66x96". I threw it in the dryer to get the wrinkles out and drew a diagram on how I wanted to cut it.
Step 2. I chose to tear it instead of cutting it. It was super fast. The first thing that I did was tear off all of the hems.
Step 3. Cut (or tear) the pieces.
My perfect length for the crib skirt was 9". So I started with a 10" length. This saves room for 1/2" worth of hemming or sewing on each side. If you want your skirt longer or shorter, adjust as necessary.
Cut 5, 10" x 60" pieces (60" give or take a few) for the skirt
Cut 1, 28.5" x 53" piece for the body
Here is the sheet cutting diagram.
Step 4: Attach the 10x60" strips together on the 10" ends. This will make a verrrrrrrrry long strip.
Step 5: Hem or serge one long edge.
I chose to serge mine with a rolled hem because I like the look of the contrasting white fabric for my nursery. You could easily just make a small hem.
Step 6: Cut your pieces. The total length of your long strip should be a little more than about 300 inches.
Cut 2, 100" strips and 2, 50" strips from the long strip. Discard any remaining strip.
Hem the 10" sides of each of the 4 strips.
Sew a double basting stitch on each 'raw' edge of each short, 50" strips.
Gather the raw edge of the 50" strips by pulling on the bobbin threads of the basted stitches.
Step 10: Lay the ruffled edge onto the 53" edge of the body piece. This will help determine how short to make the ruffled edge.
Step 11: Tie the threads once the gathers are at the proper length. Then evenly disperse the gathers.
Step 12. Sew the ruffled edge of the skirt onto the raw edge of the body piece. I sewed mine so that none of the gathered stitches would show. It's pretty rough because I didn't pin it. I figured with a cute ruffled edge, you wouldn't notice if it was a tad uneven.
Step 13. After the short strip of ruffles are done, do the large strips of ruffles.
When you attach the large strips to the body piece, overlap the small strips about 1/2-1" so that there won't be any raw edges when you are finished.
Step 14. Snip all of your strings and enjoy having a super oober cute ruffled crib skirt!