How to Sew Crib Bumper Pads

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How to Sew Crib Bumper Pads
Create homemade bumper pads to decorate baby's crib. (baby in the crib image by Tatyana Gladskih from

Crib bumper pads are designed to cushion the inside of the crib railings. The pads prevent the baby from bumping her head on the railings, and are designed to give a customised and cosy look and feel to the baby’s crib. Purchasing bumper pads can be expensive. Making your own pads is cost-effective and allows you to customise the baby’s crib with any fabric pattern. You can create bumper pads to match your baby's sheet, blanket and curtains.

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Things you need

  • Flame-resistant cotton flannel fabric
  • Quilt batting
  • Sewing machine
  • Cotton thread

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  1. 1

    Measure the inside of each railing in the crib, adding an additional 1 to 2 inches for each measurement. Determine the desired height of the pads and add an additional 1 to 2 inches. Write down the measurements and double them.

  2. 2

    Purchase the amount of fabric and batting needed as determined by the measurements, along with an additional 1/2 yard of fabric. Flame-resistant cotton flannel is preferred for infant sleeping areas because of the combined sturdiness, safety and absorbency qualities.

  3. 3

    Machine-wash and dry the fabric with mild detergent to preshrink it and remove factory treatment. Using fabric softener will decrease the absorbent qualities and sturdiness of the fabric. Do not wash the batting.

  1. 1

    Iron the fabric with a hot iron to remove wrinkles and creases. Cut the fabric into rectangular pieces, based on the measurements for each side of the crib. Cut two equally sized pieces for each side of the crib. Include the extra 1 or 2 inches in the length and in the height.

  2. 2

    Use the cut fabric as a template to cut two pieces of batting for each side of the crib. The cut pieces of fabric and batting are used to prepare and sew one bumper pad at a time, for a total of four completed bumper pads.

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    Stack two pieces of fabric, one on top of the other, both with right sides facing down. Lay two pieces of batting on top of the fabric against the wrong side of the top fabric. Even the edges and pin the three pieces together.

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    Sew the pieces together, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, along the two long edges, leaving the short edges open to create a tube. Turn the fabric tube right-side out so the batting is on the inside and the right side of the fabric is visible on both sides. Lightly iron the seams to lay them flat. Fold the unsewn edges in 1/2 inch and iron flat.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process of stacking fabric and batting, and sewing them together, for the remaining three bumper pads.

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    Cut 1-inch-by-12-inch strips of fabric for the ties. Fold the fabric strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Iron the fabric to create a seam. Open the fabric strip and fold in the sides, wrong sides together, to the seam. Iron the strips to create a seam.

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    Fold the raw edge of the fabric in 1/2 inch on one side of the strip. Fold the fabric in half along the original seam. Sew down the entire length of the strip. Create 16 ties this way.

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    Insert the raw edge of a fabric tie 1/2 inch into each corner of the unsewn edges of the bumper pads. Pin the ties in place and sew the edges together. Cut all hanging threads before placing the bumper pads into the crib.

Tips and warnings

  • When stacking the two pieces of fabric and placing the batting on top, be sure both pieces of fabric have the right sides facing down. If they are sewn with the right sides together, one side will appear inside out when they are turned later.

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