I thought it was high time for a nursery update. Who’s with me?!
Yeah – I saw a hand in the back. (sucker!)
So let’s get to it. Here is an update on what we did for the bedding. Fortunately, our crib was equipped with a mattress platform that could be moved to an upper level (which comes in handy for those of us Bower’s with c-section incisions!). Unfortunately, our crib was equipped with a mattress platform that could be moved to an upper level (leaving a huge space underneath that a standard crib skirt would not cover.) BOO.
With the option to just buy a standard crib skirt out the window, I knew that the next best option would be to whip together something homemade for our cabin-turned-clean&modern themed nursery. That’s when I found a plaid navy and white fabric at my favorite Scandanavian super-store.
The accent fabric was spied at Ikea and all I needed was two yards to add a little country splash to the skirt I had in mind. I could have made the entire skirt out of the navy & white plaid fabric but I didn’t love how the pattern looked underneath the bars of the crib. The vertical lines of the wood bars seemed to compete with the cheap ikea fabric…so I decided that I could make a two panel skirt. The first panel would be plain navy and then the second panel (the fabric that would graze the floor) would be the plaid.
Seven hours later (when it comes to sewing, I am not the brightest star in the galaxy), the crib skirt was finished. I loved how it grazes the floor and the solid navy creates a background for the vertical crib bars to basically fade away into. For the last layer, we just bought a cheap solid white crib mattress sheet and threw it on for a complete bedding arrangement.
Now you might notice that we didn’t create a bumper. Everything we researched told us that it wasn’t necessary for newborns and in fact, could be a hazard for those little people who can’t control their rollin-over skills yet. We did snag some additional plaid fabric for a future bumper when Will heads into toddler-dom.
We did however, pick up a little something to add a little cush to the crib – one was this pillow cover from Ikea. We gave the crib a little accent by adding two throw pillows (the solid navy pillow is from Ikea and the navy & white pillow was from TJMaxx) which are easily removed for naptime and are actually super comfy for supporting my shaky arm during nighttime feedings.
The best part about the homemade crib skirt (besides the clean lines and the cabinesque feel) is the fact that it increases my storage space in the room. Hidden underneath the panels of fabric, I can fit up to SIX (as in one more than FIVE!) 40 QT plastic bins! One hundred points who can calculate the total quartage 🙂
That amount of storage is perfect for all our too-big or too-small baby clothing. And with my fixation of Baby Gap clothes, extra storage space is really used!
So that’s the update of how we added a homemade crib skirt while adding storage and the modern cabin-y feel all in one simple twenty buck move. For a few dollars more, the cushions pulled double duty (heehee…doodie!) as elbow-supporter & adds a little design aesthetic that makes me happy. And that is priceless 🙂
Anyone out there with me on the frustrating too-short crib skirt issue? Or maybe you found the perfect length crib skirt online? Maybe you are a fellow under-bed storer? Spill those baby Gap clothes…err…details on your hidden storage secrets. Man…I gotta get baby off the brain 🙂