Expecting a baby can be an exciting time for any parent; however, there are dozens of items that need to be bought or made before the baby is born. One item that can be made without much experience at the sewing machine is a crib bumper. A crib bumper wraps around the inside of the crib just above the mattress to protect a baby's head from bumping against the spindles of the crib, so having one is especially important.
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Things you need
- 4 pieces of crib-length fabric, 8 inches by 52 inches
- Cotton batting
- 24 strips of 1-inch wide ribbon, 16 inches long
- 4 pieces of crib-width fabric, 8 inches by 28 inches
- Sewing machine
Lay one of your crib-length pieces down on a flat surface with the right-side facing up. Place a second crib-length piece down over it with the right-side facing down. Pin the two layers together along the sides.
Decide how thick you want your padding to be and cut out multiple pieces of cotton batting the same size as your long and wide pieces. Cut as many pieces for layers as you need to reach your desired thickness.
Place as many layers of length-sized batting as you have chosen for thickness over the pinned pair of length fabrics. Align the sides and pin the batting to the fabric to hold it in place.
Fold six of your ribbons in half. Place a folded ribbon over each corner of your batting so the tails of ribbon rest on the batting and the fold aligns with the long edges of the batting and fabric.
Adjust the ribbons so they are ½ inch in from the short sides of the bumper and pin in place. Measure and place a ribbon along the centre of the bumper at both the top and bottom, aligning the ribbon with the fold running along the edge of the batting.
Sew a ¼-inch seam across one long side, down a short side, and across the other long side, leaving the final short side open. Turn the entire piece right-side out through the opening so the batting is trapped inside and the fabric is on the outside on both sides of the bumper.
Fold the fabric of the opening in by ½ inch to form a hem, ironing if desired to hold the fold. Repeat the steps above to create your other length fabric pair as well as your two sets for the width.
Slip the sewn end of a width unit into the open end of a length unit by ½ inch. Pin the ends together and sew the opening closed, trapping the sewn end inside to form an L shape. Repeat with the other width and length units.
Slip the sewn ends of your length portions into the openings of the width portions to finish, creating the rectangular shape of a crib. Pin and sew. Place the bumper inside the crib and slip it down to the mattress. Tie each pair of ribbon ends to the crib at the top and bottom of the bumper.
Tips and warnings
- Tie the ribbons tight enough that baby can't untie them accidentally, and leave the tails of the ribbons hanging outside the crib.
- Select cotton or flannel fabrics for your bumper that will match your baby's room decor
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