How to Make Crib Bumpers

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Learn how to make crib bumpers with beautiful designer fabric following our awesome tutorial. It’s so easy, you won’t believe it!

Hi I’m Amy from Nap Time Crafters, and I’m so excited to be sharing my tutorial on how to make crib bumpers!

After my son ended up like this multiple nights in a row I decided it was definitely time for some crib bumpers!

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

***Note: some have advised against the use of crib bumpers. This decision is up to you and your doctor. Since my boy can easily roll in either direction I feel the crib bumpers do not pose a suffocation risk and are saving him from a lot of caught limbs***

Much better! And a happy baby means a happy mom :)

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I made my bumpers from 6 separate panels that tie in place on the outside of the crib. The piping around the edges was the perfect finishing touch! And they’re completely reversible which I love! If chevron becomes a bit too stimulated for my little guy, I can just flip them around and have yellow on the inside instead.

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this fabric I got from The Ribbon Retreat!!

I have a portable crib, but I’ve also included material requirements and measurements for a standard size crib in parentheses.

1 1/4 Yards (2 Yards) Chevron in Bermuda
1 1/4 Yards (2 Yards) Bella Solids in Yellow
3/4 Yards (1 1/2 Yards) Bella Solids in Turquoise (for ties and piping)

You will also need bumper pads/batting. I recovered an old set.
Mine were 8″ tall so add a little extra fabric if your pieces are taller.

Cut the following Pieces:

For a Portable Crib:

  • 2 panels in each fabric measuring 25 x 9″ (remember to add to the height if your pads are taller)
  • 4 panels in each fabric measuring 20 x 9″

For a standard Crib:

  • 6 panels in each fabric measuring 27 x 9″ (remember to adjust for your pad thickness and height and then add seam allowances)

For both sizes:

  • 24 ties measuring 3 x 10″ (increase the length to 16″ if you want bows instead of knots)
  • 1.5″ strips cut on the bias for bias. I ended up using about 7 yards total

~ How to Make Crib Bumpers ~

1. Fold each tie piece in half with the long edges together. Sew up the long edge and the created a tapered point across one short edge. Trim the excess fabric.
How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

2. Turn right side out and press flat. Repeat 23 times :)

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

3. Wrap your bias strips around a piece of cording and baste in place using your zipper foot. Sew as close to the piping as possible.

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

4. Baste a length of piping to the top and bottom edge of each inside (or outside) panel. The cord is on the inside of the edge. Also baste your straps in place. You need 2 straps on each end.

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

5. Add a panel on top in your 2nd fabric and sew together right sides together along the piping edge using your zipper foot. Leave a 4-6″ gap for turning on one of the short edges.

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

6. Turn right side out and slide your bumper pad/batting inside and then hand sew the opening shut.

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Tie around your crib slats and you’re finished!

How to Make Crib Bumpers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Hope you enjoy sewing up a set of your own!


Thank you so much Amy for showing us how to make crib bumpers!

I have so many friends with new babies on the way and reusing old bumpers (or even buying new ones, yay!) and recovering them with gorgeous fabric is a wonderful way to decorate for the new nursery. Amy even shows you how to use fancy cording. It seems so easy!

The Ribbon Retreat carries a wonderful selection of fabric that will be perfect for the new little one. Browsing the fabric is so much fun!

If you loved this tutorial, you’ll love Nap Time Crafters. Amy has a wonderful blog full of the cutest tutorials so check it out and see everything she has to offer.

If you are interested in sharing your crafts or bow making skills, we are searching for crafty contributors. If you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We love all tutorials, and now especially love holiday ones! We make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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  1. Posted October 3, 2012 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    that is so cute! thank u for sharing. I LOVE,LOVE the fabrics.

  2. kelly
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had this when my kids were little.

  3. Melissa
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    This is SO adorable! I love it!!! I have looked everywhere for a cute bumper to base my nursery decorations around, but haven’t been able to find anything that I like…I will definitely be following this tutorial to make my own!! One question though…How has the individual pannels worked out for you? I love the idea because it seems so much easier to wash this way, but was wondering if you have had a problem with baby slipping his legs through the areas where the pannels meet? Thank you so much for this great tutorial!!!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Melissa! I’ve asked the blogger your question and she answered “No problems with my baby and he’s a pretty active sleeper :)” Hope this helps! – Shirley :)

  4. lrich
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    When you say 7 yards total, are you talking about all fabrics totaled or just the bias piping? I LOVE this! I have been nervous about making my own due to the cost of the fabrics we’re considering.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Irich! Amy used 7 yards of piping, not 7 yards of fabric. For a full size crib though she says to plan on a bit more.

      This is in the post but here’s the material requirements. The smaller amounts are for a portable crib and the amount for a full size is in parantheses. She made her own piping but if you just get store-bought piping you won’t need that much fabric for the ties

      1 1/4 Yards (2 Yards) Chevron in Bermuda
      1 1/4 Yards (2 Yards) Bella Solids in Yellow
      3/4 Yards (1 1/2 Yards) Bella Solids in Torquoise (for ties and piping)

      Thanks again Irich! Hope this helps!

  5. Janet
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    It concerns me that on picture 2 your mattress is way too small for the crib and poses a very dangerous condition. Good to not let anyone think it’s acceptable. Hope you don’t mind this concern, and thanks for the tutorial.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Hi Janet! Thank you so much for your comment and concern. We appreciate you making note of the importance of safety for our little ones. Thank you again so much and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  6. Elisabeth Barnette
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Hello There! When the fabric yardage is asked for, which width does it require? 45″ or 60″? Thanks. 😉

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi Elisabeth! Thank you for your question. It requires 45″. Hope this helps and good luck! Thank you Elisabeth! Michelle :)

  7. Elisabeth
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Just wondering how thick Amy’s bumper pads are. Mine are an inch thick and I don’t know how to figure out my seam allowance. Thanks! 😉

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Hi Elisabeth! Thank you so much for your question. Amy says hers were probably only 1/2″ thick which was a bit on the thin side for this project. She just used what I had. However, for 1″ bumpers you’ll need the height of the bumper plus 1.5″ for the panel height. This will allow for it to wrap around the top and have a 1/4″ seam allowance. She hasn’t used ones that thick before so she is not sure how things will turn out around all the corners, which may require a little tweaking. Thank you again Elisabeth! Hope this helps! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle :)

  8. Posted September 21, 2013 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Your blog has always attracted me and this particular post left me speechless. It is one of the best pieces of writing I have seen. Good job.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

      Hello and thank you SO much for your comment! We appreciate you and thank you for being one of our fabulous readers. Thank you again and have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle :)

  9. Ann
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I do not have an old bumper to cover, any suggestions? Tried with wadding but not stiff enough!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ann! Thank you so much for your question! If you have a thrift store like a DI or a Goodwill close by, you could definitely look there. I think that would be your most budget friendly option. I hope this helps. Thank you so much Ann! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  10. Posted December 9, 2014 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Oh my… This is so lovely. I wish I had this when I was a baby… But anyway, I’m going to make this for my daughter. This will make her crib even sweeter and cozier.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much! Good luck sewing this fun bumper for your daughter! Have a wonderful day and thank you again Lisa! Michelle :)

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