Crib Bumpers (Tutorial)

For the last couple of days, I’ve been working on new crib bumpers for baby #2. Since we’re re-doing the entire nursery, the old bumpers from Peanut’s early days needed new fabric; and since I made the bumpers for Peanut’s crib, it wasn’t too hard to do it again. But this time around I made a few changes that made a big difference.

I used Leanne’s crib bedding tutorial for the basic measurements, piping, and how to lay it out prior to sewing, like I did below:

[note: I used 1″ wide grosgrain ribbon as my ties, rather than making my own, just to save time and the hassle]

I only did piping across the top of the bumpers, per Leanne’s suggestion, as the sides wouldn’t be visible anyway. At the end of each side of the bumper I pulled the piping up slightly (as seen below) so that it would taper off at each end as it reached the corner.

After the piping and ties were in place, I put the fabric right sides together and sewed around three sides of the bumper with a straight stitch (leaving one of the shorts sides open):

After the three sides were sewn, I turned it right side out and put the bumper on the padding to make sure it fit snuggly. After it was perfectly snug, I trimmed the three sides and serged them (zigzagging the edge works great too).

For the fourth unfinished edge, I trimmed it down and serged it so when it was folded over, it just covered the edge of the bumper padding. On that edge that will be folded over, I added velcro so it will be easily removable and washable. I did this with Peanut’s bumpers as well, and highly recommend it.

Once it’s folded over, it will look like this:

Once the bumpers were done, I decided to hem the ties since they were fraying a little bit:

I folded them twice over and pinned them in place, then sewed a straight seam across the top of the folded edge:

So each of the bottom of the ties look like this, and the bumpers are done!

Next on my agenda is sewing the dust ruffle and a few throw pillows for around the room, and hanging pictures and paintings. The room is getting close, and a full room tour is coming soon!



  1. Jess says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pattern and colour scheme! Cannot wait to see a room tour xx

  2. Meagan says:

    Beautifully done but I thought we weren't supposed to use crib bumpers anymore.

  3. Lins says:

    I love this! I will definitely be using yours and Leannes tutorials when my first baby comes.

  4. Ash says:

    Love love love that bicycle fabric! So cute!

  5. Rachel says:

    Darling. And where did you get that cute fabric? If we ever have a boy we NEED it for sure!

  6. Gillis says:

    When I work with grosgrain, I use a lighter to singe the ends. Keeps the ribbon from fraying. So simple. Your hems make for a nice finished look, lovely.

  7. Morris says:

    It came out fantastic! It makes me want to go sew one.

  8. RStephens says:

    They are definitely cute but it turns out that experts are advising to NOT use them at all in a crib for a child under 1 year of age.

    It's crazy how popular items turn out to be dangerous.

  9. Jean says:

    cuuuuuute! love the pattern! xoxo

  10. Kelly Jo says:

    LOVE the pattern!!!
    And thank you for that link! I'm getting ready to sew our bedding here in a few weeks and that is going to be SO helpful!

  11. Jenn says:

    Gosh, I really need to learn to sew. This is fantastic.

  12. Jade Gribble says:

    What kind of padding did you use?

  13. how much fabric did you end up needing?

  14. paula says:

    My 3 mo. old grandson is turning over now and yesterday was found asleep with his legs between the spindles. THAT is dangerous! I have 4 of the six bumpers finished and ALL will be on the crib by the end of the day! Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing..

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