Well, I finally buckled down and made the crib bumper for Maisy. I put if off for far too long because I knew I was going to have to do some math.
After searching several online tutorials, I gathered up how to make one. It’s really rather simple. My problem was that I wanted to make one long bumper instead of covering each pad with a separate cover. To clarify, let me show you my supplies:
I bought a 6 pack of crib bumpers. 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon for the ties, and pre-made piping! That sailboat is all my math. It’s a beautiful mind up in here. Oh, and a whole lotta pins.
First, Measuring: I measured Owen’s current crib bumper. Don’t waste your time doing that! Turns out it all adds up the same. The short sides are the length of one bumper pad and the long sides of the crib are the length of two. Then I measured the length of the bumper ties. I knew I wanted Maisy’s ties to be longer than Owen’s, his are incredibly hard to tie. So I settled on 12 inches for each tie. His were 9 inches, and I added some length.
Second, cut out your fabric. I was hoping to do two long pieces of each fabric, but then my trees would have been growing sideways. Enter some more math, and I ended up cutting out five 32″ panels of the tree fabric and then 2 pieces of the pink fabric, 11 3/4 by 2 yards 7 inches… whatever that converts to. I ended up having some extra pink fabric at the end that I trimmed.
Next, cut out your ribbon. I cut out 14 ties. I actually cut out 16 and had two left over because my pregnant brain can’t handle… you guessed it…. math! The ties were 24 inches long. That way I could sew them on folded in half and I wouldn’t have to cut out 38 pieces of ribbon! You’ll see. Oh, and don’t forget to melt the ends with a lighter, that way they won’t fray. This is an art, meaning, yes, I did catch the first piece on fire…
After I was done cutting, I sewed my panels together. Meaning my five panels of tree fabric and two panels of pink fabric. Now I had two long pieces of fabric. Very, very long pieces.
Next, pinning. Pinning, pinning, pinning. I pinned on the piping, facing down on the right side of the fabric. Then every 26 inches (I just used my yard stick to measure this) I pinned my ribbon, folded in half under the piping. I then pinned another ribbon on the bottom and pinned the edges in the middle. This way the ribbon edges wouldn’t get caught when I’m stitching- as they might if I had left them all willy nilly.
Change to your zipper foot and get your sew on! Make sure to baste the ribbon on the bottom too.
At this point I laid out the fabric on the floor with the crib bumpers in between to do a test run and to make sure everything was going to fit. I didn’t take a picture, my bad.
Pin your fabric together, right sides together. This will take a lot of time. And a lot of pins. And some of those pins will dig into your protruding pregnant stomach, but no matter. Make sure to sew on the wrong side of the fabric you basted the piping onto, that way you can follow the stitch and make sure you do not miss or sew over the piping.
Leave one end open so you can cram all those crib bumpers in there!!
You’ll be left with a gigantic pile of fabric.
Turn it inside out!
Then get your husband to help you stuff in all the pads. We worked out a good system where he held the bumper pad, then I pulled the fabric up around his arm. He looked like a really lame super villain, but the process worked well.
Finally, sew that sucker shut! I just cut off the excess and folded each side down, then did a top stitch. I suppose you could hand stitch it, but I am way too lazy for that, and no one will ever see that seam.
All in all, this project was way more intimidating that it should have been. It turned out to be pretty easy, just a lot of man handling fabric. And the camera don’t lie, check out the results! (Sorry about the wrinkled sheet. I took it right out of the pack to see how it would look!)
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