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August 26, 2010

Crib bumpers 2.0

So the first set of crib bumpers I made were sad. So sad that I had to make a second set. I used the wrong kind of batting, I cut some of the fabric BEFORE washing it, I improvised on dimensions.

Note to self: sewing is not like cooking in that you can’t just get the gist of the project from the instructions and then do whatever you like. Especially when one’s sewing skills are barely competent.

But this new set turned out great. Or at least good enough. The sad part is that I didn’t have enough of my extraordinarily cool vintage Marimekko triangle fabric for the whole set of bumpers. But I did have a different vintage Marimekko pattern to use for the long sides and do you know what? I kind of like the new combo better. I love it when that happens. And I love that these are nice and neutral, but still patterned enough to be interesting. And the neon ties are pretty fun too. (Though they make taking a good photo really hard!)

It’s so satisfying to have such cute little pillows lining Dashiell’s crib. But I will not be starting an Etsy business making custom crib bumpers, like I thought for a fleeting second whilst in the middle of the first failed set. Wrangling 170+ inches of fabric and batting and pins is not something I want to be doing on a regular basis.

I used the instructions in Lotta’s Simple Sewing for Baby, in case any of you feel like taking this project on yourself. The hilarious part about this whole adventure is that in like a month, I’ll have to take them out anyway so the little monkey doesn’t use them to climb out of his crib. But for the next baby they’ll be all ready to go.


  1. Tucker said on August 26, 2010

    looks so cute! and i love the ugly doll (:

  2. The French said on August 26, 2010

    Wow. Love those fabrics.

    Now I kind of want bumpers around my bed. Is that weird?

  3. jamie said on August 26, 2010

    this reminds me that i have bene wondering what that little boys room looks like….

  4. lovelymorning said on August 26, 2010

    The french – i know. Wouldn't it be weirdly comforting?

    Jamie – Well, he has to share it with me and my computer and craft table so technically it's only half a room. The poor dear.

  5. Gina said on August 26, 2010

    they look pretty good to me! those little stuffed animals are so cute.

    <3 gina

  6. Indie.Tea said on August 26, 2010

    Awww, how cute! I love the little doll too.

  7. Cassi said on August 26, 2010

    I love the mix of neutrals and neon. Plus, it has unisex appeal, in case the next little one is a chickie. :) Great job!

  8. Kelly said on August 27, 2010

    Really great job! And I'm laughing at your fleeting thought of an Etsy shop. Whenever I make anything somewhat adorable, I create a whole imaginary Etsy empire!

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