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!
Absolutely gorgeous pattern and colour scheme! Cannot wait to see a room tour xx
Beautifully done but I thought we weren't supposed to use crib bumpers anymore.
I love this! I will definitely be using yours and Leannes tutorials when my first baby comes.
Love love love that bicycle fabric! So cute!
Darling. And where did you get that cute fabric? If we ever have a boy we NEED it for sure!
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.
So cute, can't wait to see the finished room!
It came out fantastic! It makes me want to go sew one.
Love the fabric!
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.
Agree! They are dangerous.
I LOVEthe bicycle pattern you chose!
cuuuuuute! love the pattern! xoxo
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!
Gosh, I really need to learn to sew. This is fantastic.
What kind of padding did you use?
It's a thick foam from Joann's. It comes in big rolls and is varying widths, but I think mine was 1 1/2 inches.
how much fabric did you end up needing?
I used the measurements from Elle Apparel's tutorial. The link is up at the top of the post. Good luck!
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..