After finishing the baby quilt for my granddaughter, I made the crib bumper. I didn´t want it to be too busy, so I opted to use only 2 fabrics the white and the striped fabric that I used as one of the borders on the quilt.
For each bumper, I cut the white fabric into 3 strips of 17cm x 40cm allowing for 1cm seams on either side, and the striped fabric into 2 strips of 9.5cm by 40cm.
So the final measurements of the bumpers will be 60 x 38cm each. Of course you can adjust the measurements to any size you want, it all depends on the size of the cot.
Sew the strips together
Iron the seams towards the darker fabric.
I did a zig zag along the edges of the strips.
Sew the top of the bumper to the batting and trim the excess batting.
Next, make the fabric tubes to tie the bumpers to the crib.
Cut 24 strips of 9cm x 38cm (allowing for 1 cm seams) in the white fabric. Again you can use your own measurements.
Fold the strips in half and sew along the length and the top, leaving the bottom open, so you can turn it inside out.
Once you have them all sewn.
Turn them inside out, I use a chopstick to push the fabric inside itself, it´s so quick and easy!
Once they´re all turned inside out, sew along the edges on the right side, it just sort of makes it look neater and prettier.
Attach 2 of the ties to the sides of the bumper and sew along the edge.
When you´ve sewn the ties to the bumper it should look like this.
Next you pin and sew the backing to the front of the bumper (right sides together).
Leave a gap on one of the sides , about 12 to 15 cm.
Then sew all along the edge and turn the whole thing inside out through the gap that was left open.
In order to keep the theme of the zig zag, which I had also used on the quilt, I chose to sew a zig zag border, about 7cm from the edge.
Ok, so here is the part where I cheated 😉
Of course the gap should be closed, by hand sewing a running stitch, but because I hate hand sewing, and the bottom of the bumper will be tucked in by the mattress and won´t be seen. I just machine sewed the gap!
Next step. Wash, iron and attach the 3 bumpers to the sides of the cot.
And here´s how it looks on the cot.
Well that´s it, Super easy and quick!
Hope you like it 🙂