DIY Crib Bumper | Free Tutorial

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

1 1/4 Yards (2 Yards) Chevron in Bermuda
1 1/4 Yards (2 Yards) Bella Solids in Yellow
3/4 Yards (1 1/2 Yards) Bella Solids in Torquoise (for ties and piping)
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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4 Responses

  1. Please do not use these. This is a serious suffocation hazard. It’s way safer to have a baby bumping their head on the crib and sticking their limbs out than it is to cut off their breathing.

  2. I wouldn’t use this, a child head can get caught between the bumper and the mattress. Bumpers are more dangerous when a baby learns to rollover. If fabric gets around a baby neck the baby will suffocate.

    Look up kid in two babies died one was six months old the other was younger than two months old. The six month old was even in the same room of his sister when he died.

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