Crib Bumpers

***I realize that some people have strong feelings about crib bumpers.  The comments on this post are not the place to share those feelings, K?***


Jami picked up a damaged Pottery Barn Kids bumper at our local Down East Home store for $10 (cheaper than buying new batting, right?) and I recovered it.  It was all one really, really long piece and stuffing it inside the new cover would have been a nightmare, so I cut it into 4 pieces (one for each side).  I measured each piece and added 1′’ for seam allowances.  I’m not giving you specific measurements for this because your bumper may be a different height and/or thickness.  The top and bottom ruffles are 3” strips pressed in half and then ruffled with my ruffler foot.

I put large ties (5” strips, sewed RST into a tube and angled on the end) on the corners and a small tie on the top and bottom centers of each long side.


The bumper fabrics and the yellow for the ties are all Amy Butler fabrics.

The green ruffles are Heather Bailey.

The houndstooth on the sheet is Free Spirit.  I used Dana’s tutorial for the crib sheet.


And someone remind me to head over to Jami’s to photograph her nursery in the afternoon next time because no pregnant woman should ever have to do this to help you get a good picture:


Or maybe I should just finish the window treatments next…


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  1. Bobbie - Clumsy Crafter says:

    love it! can you make one of those for my bed?

  2. Pregnant women also shouldn't sit on wood. Or so I hear.

    Super cute and looks great in the room.

  3. Love the bumper! What great colors for bedding!!

  4. Cute! Thanks for sharing

  5. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home says:

    Beautiful. I love that nursery!

  6. I think you did a beautiful job! Gorgeous!

  7. That is ADORABLE! I love the colors you picked for the room.

  8. The Terry's says:

    i love this! now i need a girl!

  9. Melanie@Crafty Cupboard says:

    I wouldn't have thought to put Soul Blossoms on a crib bumper. Looks good.

    Our bumpers are 4 separate pieces too- it helps when they can stand and smoosh the front bumper, I just pull it out and the others stay all cute and in place :)

  10. I absolutely loooove this! I must make one now! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. crafterhours says:

    I have a very strong opinion about bumpers, and yours in particular – it's gorgeous! Would it be weird if I wished you were giving birth to me? Because I could totally lounge around happily in that green crib and cute bedding all day. I promise I'd sleep through the night.

  12. Green Gracie Home says:

    I love, love, love them. That color scheme is simply gorgeous! I think your ruffles and bows really give them that boutique quality.

  13. Beautiful colors! I've saved my old crib bumper to recover one day. You're right, it's better than buying new batting! And it's already cut!

  14. The Cottage Mama says:

    Oh my goodness, those are SO gorgeous! Love the fabric choices and the colors – great job!!


  15. That is great! I love the colors!

  16. Gold Shoe Girl says:

    Everything so far is gorgeous. I can't wait to see the whole room.

  17. Nancy's Couture says:

    I love the fabrics!!! Everything is sooo pretty. I can't wait to see the window treatments!

  18. The Lyon and the Rose says:

    Oh so cute… I pray that I live next to someone like you one day. I would love to have a friend to match my ideas like you two have. I also wish I wasn't SO afraid of bumpers… they really make the bed.

  19. Amy @ Flowery Fashion says:

    How cute! I love the fabrics!! Great job lady!

  20. that's beautiful!!! I love it!!!! now I totally want to make something cute for my baby boy coming soon! He was pretty much going to get nothing, but I think I've changed my mind based on this… hmm… now to find cute boy fabrics!

  21. ...julia... says:

    Your bumpers are sooooooooooo Cute!!!!!! And I love that you took a picture of your helper :) so funny!

  22. quewt!

  23. ~alicia says:

    This is sooo beautiful! Wishing I was the Princess that got to have that bed…


  24. sarah*spunda says:

    lucky girl to sleep in there!

  25. I love the colors and the ruffles!

  26. When I saw your green furniture I thought, "Really?" THEN I saw your beautiful bed set! You have out done yourself. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

  27. lindsmac11 says:

    ooohh! I love it! The bright colors look great with the crib. I wish I had cool crafty neighbors

  28. Oh my goodness–that is SOOO cute!!!

  29. I love how the finish on the crib is perfect with the precious bedding you made.

  30. So cute!!

  31. Lovely! I adore the bright colors and the girliness of it all. Great job Char!

  32. I just spit out my chocolate cake at Sabra's comment! (what? it's still my bday week)
    Those fabrics are DELICIOUS!!!!

  33. Simply EC says:

    That nursery is looking DELIGHTFUL!

  34. The Haynes Family says:

    Gorgeous!!! You are so talented and have such an eye for colors and patterns! Love it!! :)

  35. Rhiannon says:

    that amy butler fabric is FAB!!!

  36. I have strong feelings about crib bumpers. If they are going to be used, they must be adorable. Just like these are! :)

  37. crystal b. says:

    What??? People have strong feelings about crib bumpers? Where have i been?

    This is probably the cutest crib set I've ever seen!!!! And the crib — cutest crib I've ever seen. When my daughter was a baby, I painted my Target spindle purchase — it was darling, but not as cute as this one. :) What a fun, fun room!!!

  38. Natalie @ Corduroy Dreams says:

    So cute! LOOOOOVE that fabric. Your blog is one of my favorites!

  39. mandiegirl says:

    It's beautiful! I love your choice of fabrics!

  40. i did the same thing for my second baby's room! my MIL made the bumpers for my first and swore she would never do it again. so i was on my own and figured that would be the easiest way to get it done! great minds!! :o)

  41. I LOVE my bumpers!!! I sit in my rocking chair and stare at them at least 3 x's per day. You are amazing with a sewing machine, (and a camera, I had a feeling I would be seeing my hind ended picture on your post, ha ha ha….DORK!) I Love you. Thanks for all you've done for me xoxoxo

  42. Charlene Austin says:

    OMG—it's gorgeous. I don't even have kids but I want that material in my bedroom! LOL. And the green crib is so awesome. I hvae a 10' x 4' kitchen island that is as green as green can be and it's the show piece of the house. I chose it cuz I love it.

  43. Carolyn Windley says:

    Cute cute cute!
    And please tell your neighbor she doesn't even look pregnant. LOL I love that you snuck this photo.

  44. Michelle says:

    I have a strong feeling that those bumpers are amazing! Love the colors and ruffles and bows.

  45. Kristen Duke Photography says:

    absolutely LOVE it!!!

  46. Beautiful!!

  47. Brooke and BJ says:

    So cute! Great job!!

    Do you buy Amy Butler fabric locally or did you just order it from somewhere?

  48. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    She got everything locally except for the Peacock print. That had to be ordered.

  49. Lovely crib and beautiful bumpers! I love the fabric choice! Really really great job!

  50. i’m so glad i found your post! i am doing a nursery for my second child and want to reuse the pottery barn bumper from my first. so, i was planning on just recovering it just like you did. can you give me tips on how you cut your bumper in 4 pieces, as well as the measurements, etc… for the fabric that you used? thanks so much!!

  51. i am curious as well about measurements and such like – amy alday. i told a friend i would help her do it and i have no idea how lol. How much fabric did you use and measurements and such? Thanks so much for sharing!

  52. This is cute… And you’re funny! You’ve just given me the inspiration to recycle/recover my daughter’s bumper for my new baby boy! Thanks! And how awesome is the Heather Bailey line?

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  54. I love the width of your ties but what is the lenght? Thanks!

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