The nursery is finally finished! The diy crib bumpers really pulled it all together 🙂
After my son ended up like this multiple nights in a row I decided it was definitely time for some diy crib bumpers!
***Note: some have advised against the use of crib bumpers. This decision is up to you and your doctor. Since my boy can easily roll in either direction I feel the crib bumpers do not pose a suffocation risk and are saving him from a lot of caught limbs***
Much better! And a happy baby means a happy mom 🙂
I made my diy crib bumpers from 6 separate panels that tie in place on the outside of the crib. The piping around the edges was the perfect finishing touch! And they’re completely reversible which I love! If chevron becomes a bit too stimulated for my little guy I can just flip them around and have yellow on the inside instead.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this fabric!!
I have a portable crib, but I’ve also included material requirements and measurements for a standard size crib in parentheses.
DIY Crib Bumper Materials
You will also need bumper pads/batting. I recovered an old set. Mine were 8″ tall so add a little extra fabric if your pieces are taller
DIY Crib Bumper Instructions
Cut the following Pieces
For a portable Crib:
- 2 panels in each fabric measuring 25 x 9″ (remember to add to the height if your pads are taller)
- 4 panels in each fabric measuring 20 x 9″
For a standard Crib:
- 6 panels in each fabric measuring 27 x 9″ (remember to adjust for your pad thickness and height and then add seam allowances)
For either Size:
- 24 ties measuring 3 x 10″ (increase the length to 16″ if you want bows instead of knots)
- 1.5″ strips cut on the bias for bias. I ended up using about 7 yards total
1. Fold each tie piece in half with the long edges together. Sew up the long edge and the created a tapered point across one short edge. Trim the excess fabric
2. Turn right side out and press flat. Repeat 23 times 🙂
3. Wrap your bias strips around a piece of cording and baste in place using your zipper foot. Sew as close to the piping as possible.
4. Baste a length of piping to the top and bottom edge of each inside (or outside) panel. Baste your straps in place. You need 2 straps on each end.
5. Add a panel on top in your 2nd fabric and sew together right along the piping edge using your zipper foot. Leave a 4-6″ gap for turning on one of the short edges.
6. Turn right side out and slide your bumper pad/batting inside. and then hand sew the opening shut.
Tie around your crib slats and you’re finished with the DIY Crib Bumper!
I hope you enjoy sewing up a set of your own! If you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to check out our DIY Crib Sheet Tutorial
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