How to Make a Hearth Bumper Pad

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How to Make a Hearth Bumper Pad
Bumpers help prevent injuries on hearths. (ancient decorative fireplace image by Aleksandr Lobanov from

Toddlers are just beginning to explore the world around them, but unfortunately they aren't too sure on their feet just yet. Sharp corners and hard objects pose a hazard to young children while they are learning to walk. Stone, brick or tile fireplace hearths are often low enough to trip up a toddling child and hard enough to cause serious injury to bumped heads. A homemade hearth bumper pad protects your child from the standard falls of childhood.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Foam pad
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread

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  1. 1

    Measure the length and width of your hearth with a measuring tape. Add 4 inches to each measurement.

  2. 2

    Cut two pieces of fabric to the adjusted hearth measurement with scissors. Cut a piece of 2-inch foam to the exact measurement of the hearth.

  3. 3

    Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together. Sew around three sides of the fabric, 1/4 inch in from the raw edge. Leave one short side of the fabric open.

  4. 4

    Turn the fabric casing right side out through the open end. Push out the corners.

  5. 5

    Insert the foam pad into the case.

  6. 6

    Fold the raw edges of the open end into the casing. Sew the open end closed on the sewing machine or by hand. Do not sew through the foam padding.

  7. 7

    Lay the pad on top the hearth. The foam cushions any falls.

Tips and warnings

  • Use fabric that matches the colours of the fireplace or other textiles in the room.
  • Do not use the fireplace with the pad in place. Embers from the fire pose a fire hazard with the fabric nearby.

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