Thursday, September 2, 2010

Crib Bumper Tutorial

Let's get the next segment of the crib bedding, the bumper: I've seen tutorials out there for 6 separate pieces, but the mom for this set wanted one continuous piece, so here's how I did it.

Materials needed:
- 2/3 yd light blue
- 2/3 yd red
- 2/3 yd green
- 2 yds dark blue
- 6 yds 3/8" cotton cording
- Baby Bumper Pads
- Coordinating thread(s)

*All seams 1/2" unless otherwise noted.

1. From the design she wanted, I determined that we needed to cut the following:
- Light blue: (4) 9 1/4" x 11 3/4", (4) 11 1/4" x 11 3/4"
- Red: (4) 9 1/4" x 11 3/4", (4) 11 1/4" x 11 3/4"
- Green: (4) 9 1/4" x 11 3/4", (4) 11 1/4" x 11 3/4"
- Dark blue: (8) 11" x 11 3/4"

Basically, you need the bumper to be about 162" long, and you need one inside piece and one outside piece. So if you are only going to do one fabric, it needs to be 11 3/4" tall, and then you can cut pieces and sew them together to form 162", just be sure to remember seam allowances. Since the bumper pads come in a package of 6 and they are about 27" long, I would recommend cutting 12 pieces 27 1/2" x 11 3/4". For more fabrics, adjust as necessary, taking into account seam allowances.

2. Some of the pieces need appliques. Using the starch applique technique, cut out your applique and pin in place on the desired pieces. Using a very tight zig-zag, stitch in place. We had 8 appliques total (4 of each). 3. For the piping along the top, we need to cut 2 1/4" strips from the dark blue fabric, cutting along the bias. Place your strips RST (right-sides together) at a right-angle. Line up your ruler from corner to corner and mark with a pencil. Stitch along this line. Trim excess. When you open it up, you should have one continuous piece. Continue piecing together until you have one strip about 180" long. Grab that cording and we are going to fold the entire strip over the cording, pinning it in place. Using your zipper foot, line the cord on the left of the foot and stitch in place.4. Let's work on the ties. Cut out (24) 15 1/2" x 2" pieces. We used dark blue again. Fold one piece RST lengthwise and stitch 1/4" along the raw long edge and one short edge. Clip corners, being sure to not cut through seams. Using this quick method, turn inside out. Press. Repeat with all 24 ties.

5. I recommend laying out your pattern at this point so as we sew it all together, we don't mix-up the order. Here's my pattern:
***Disclaimer: I cannot find the pictures I took from here on out, so bear with me and I'll try to explain as best I can***

6. Sewing the outside piece...
You are going to pin your ties along the outside bumper piece - (picture it in the crib and the ties are going to go in the the corners and the middle of the long sides of the crib). Pin two ties to the right side of the fabric 2 1/2" from the top with the raw edge of the tie in line with the raw edge of the piece, and two ties 2 1/2" from the bottom. The two end pieces will only have one tie 2 1/2" from the top and one tie 2 1/2" from the bottom. Essentially, when the bumper is set up you will have 6 different spots where you can tie the bumper to the crib. Sew all your outside pieces RST, stitching the ties in place and creating one long piece. Press seams. Sew the inside pieces together and press, so you now have two long pieces.

6. Take your piping piece and pin it to the top edge of the inside bumper piece, lining up the raw edges. Using you zipper foot again, stitch piping to inside piece.

7. Keep your zipper foot on your machine and sew the inside and outside pieces RST, along the top edge, making sure the piping is tucked inside. Stitch the sides and bottom together, but be sure to leave about a 12" opening in the bottom so we can stuff the bumper pads in.

8. Clip corners and turn the entire thing inside out. Stuff a bumper pad in pushing it all the way to one end. Then I used invisible thread since we had such different colors and stitched through the entire bumper at the end of the pad to secure it in that area. Repeat with all 6 bumpers. Once they are all in, handstitch the opening shut and you should be done. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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  1. very nice, I Love it. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Awesome tutorial! Your bumper turned out amazing! I host a weekly boy link-up and would love for you to link up sometime... I know my readers would learn lots from you. ;)

  3. Where do you buy the package of bumper pads?

  4. Marni-
    I bought the bumper pads at JoAnns.

  5. Hi, I have featured this lovely idea in a blog post called 20 ways with piping. Please check it out if you’d like.

    Best regards

  6. Thank you for your tutorial. It was extremely helpful to me in doing one for a friend. I will have pictures up on my facebook page later if you want to see.

    Thanks again.


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