crib bumper DIY.


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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30 thoughts on “crib bumper DIY.

  1. I just saw this post. You, my dear, are ridiculously talented! I can barely sew on a button but you are just about to inspire me to start sewing. This is the cutest bumper I’ve seen. It rivals Pottery Barn Kids (and I ain’t lyin’). I liked the fabrics that you picked from the pictures but seeing them sewn – I really like them!
    You make me proud to say I’m your mom. 😉

    1. I just wanted to say thank you. I not only learned how to make a bumper but had a good laugh too. I love the way you think and describe things. Thank you Mary

  2. This entire post was like Latin to me. Seriously. I mean, I am the girl who superglued a button back onto my pants because I don’t know how to sew.

  3. Hi! Great and inspiring project. This is my favorite bumper set I have found!!! Can you give me the length and width of fabric you used? Also what type of fabric did you use? Let me know, I cannot wait to get started on this project!

      Here’s the links to the fabric I used. I’m pretty sure I ordered 3 yards of each. If you buy the crib bumper pads then they have an insert with the measurements inside- to tell you the width, I believe it was 11 3/4 inches. We just moved and i haven’t unpacked all of my sewing things yet, or I could be more specific. Glad you like the bumpers! 🙂

  4. I am literally working at cutting my fabric now for my pumper pads for baby girls nursery. …. Came across this blog and this is exactly what I was looking for. I bought piping like this in a darker pink & these same pads. I made my sons bumper pads as well, but wanted to approach this one with a little more patience and do it right! Lol wish me luck… Hopefully they come out this cute and clean looking!! 🙂

  5. Hi I’m new to sewing and I had a question, how did you attach the piping? Those look so cute and I’m having a hard time finding bumpers that I like!

  6. Loved your directions just need to know if I should tack the pads with fabric in place. Noticed store bought bumpers tack down about 3 times on each section. Is this necessary for washing? Please let me know if you have had trouble with fabric slipping around as I am ready to give this gift. Thank you.

    1. Maisy is 10 months now and I’ve had only a minor problem with one section slipping because my toddler is climbing on them. I was able to readjust them back in place. Tacking them is probably a good idea, but it would be fine if you didn’t.

  7. My DIL just asked me about making some bumper pads so I googled and found this tutorial. This is so great and well-written. Thanks for the tutorial! I love your fabric choices, and I like the idea of it all being one long piece as well. I know our little Sadie would find a way to get her feet in between them if they were separate pieces.

  8. I am a bit confused on why you cut your tree pattern into five panels and the pink into 2 panels. Also did you just sew all the sides together. Knowing that you would use three yards and measuring the outline of the crib could you not just cut one large piece of each fabric so you would not have to sew all the panels together? I am going off your design to make my crib bumper and this part has me stumped. You still end up with two long pieces in the end, i’m just not certain why you cut them up into different pieces in the beginning. Also for the bottom of the bumper without the piping did you just sew the two sides together? Thanks!!!

    1. Based on the way the tree bumper fabric ran if I had cut 2 panels my trees would have been sideways. Since the bumper is long and skinny I had to cut two panels out of the pink- you could order double the length, but I didn’t mind cutting out the shorter panels and ordering less yardage. I did just sew the two sides together, although I did have some ribbon ties tacked on

      1. Thank you! I am trying to make mine now! My bumper pads did not come with an insert for the width so I am trying to figure the width out before I start cutting.

  9. I may have over looked it… But, what measurements did you cut? Like, how long should my strips of fabric be? If that makes sense lol…

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  11. Hi there, I was just wondering if you remembered what you used for a seam allowance. I know you provided the measurements of the panels but I didn’t see what you sewed them down to. Thanks 🙂

  12. I was curious how you did the piping on the corners. I’ve never used piping before and I’ve seen either doing it around the whole bumper or like you did but wasn’t sure how you did it.

  13. Thank you much for great, easy-to-follow instructions. I just finished a set for my first grandson using your directions and they turned out fantastic! Thank you again for sharing your talent 🙂

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  15. Hi. I am repurposing my 18 yr old’s bumpers for my soon to be grandbaby. They are 9 1/4 inches wide. I’m no mathematician but 4 yards of fabric seems like a lot to me. I would like to use two different coordinating fabrics, one for inside, one for outside of the bumper. Could you help with figuring out yardage? P.S. It is a standard size bumper pad as far as length goes (13 ft. 1 inch). Thanks for any help.

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