Tuesday Tutorial: Crib Bumper Redo

Crib bedding is ridiculously expensive!  Having 4 boys myself and wanting them to each have a unique nursery meant spending quite a bit of money on crib bedding sets.  Oh now I wish I knew then what I know now!  A friend contacted me and asked me if I could make a bumper.  She had an old bumper from her daughter that she was no longer using and wanted to see if I could use that instead of having me buy the bumper pads you would usually use to make your own bumper.  Can I just say, I wish I had a sewing machine when I was pregnant with my second child!?!?  I wouldn’t have had to BUY all new bedding!  Instead I could have done what I created here – a slipcover for the old bumper to give it a completely different look.

Crib Bumper Redo

Slip on like a pillowcase

Materials -

  • 2 1/2 yrds of fabric for bumper
  • 1/2 yd of fabric for ties
  • coordinating thread
After washing and ironing the fabric I cut it in half lengthwise (along the fold) so I now had two 3 yard long panels that were each 22 inches wide.

Sew panels togetherNext I sewed the panels together along the side that is 22 inches to make a long 5 yard piece of fabric.  Then fold right sides together lengthwise and sew the LONG side together (I also serged the seam to give it finished look). Turn the fabric so that the right side is out and grab your existing bumper.  Cut the ties of the bumper (you will make new ones).  Now slip the tube of fabric over the bumper like you are putting on a pillowcase.  If the fit isn’t snug – like mine wasn’t – take the seam in a bit and then try it again.  Be sure to line up the seam along the bottom with the bottom of the bumper pad.

Line up center to seam

Once the bumper is completely covered, line up the center seam of the cover (where you sewed it together to make the long panel) and the center seam of the bumper itself.  Stitch in the ditch to secure the fabric into place.  You will do the same at each of the other  seams to create the 6 panels around the bumper.

Fold ends under and pin

At the ends, tuck the raw edges under and pin into place.  Don’t sew yet since you will want to insert the ties into the folds before closing the seam.  Now it’s time to create the ties.

Cut ties in 2" strips

Cut 2 inch strips along the side that was 18 inches.  Press sides into the middle (like you are making bias tape) and then fold and line up the edges. I needed 14 ties total.

sew ties

Sew up the sides, making sure to tuck the ends in before sewing so you have a finished edge.  The ties will then be folded and half and sew into each of the seams on the bumper as well as the ends.

Finished bumper

There you have it!  A quick and easy way to redo your old crib bumper to get ready for a new little one.  This would also be a great way to customize a nursery for a friend.  I so badly want to redo an entire crib set for someone now, complete with new comforter cover, dust ruffle and bumper!

Comments

  1. This is how we turned my first son’s Noah’s Ark bedding into Star Wars bedding for my second son. We covered the bumpers and made a new ruffle. We didn’t make a comforter because none of my kids actually used a comforter in their cribs so I didn’t think it was necessary. So much more fun than a premade bumper!

    • We don’t ever use the comforter either ;) I usually hang it on the wall more like a decoration. LOVED your boys’ Star Wars bedding. I am so badly wanting to create an entire crib set for someone!!!

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