Thursday, May 1, 2014


I bought the Moroccan Garden bedding set for a GREAT deal with my birthday money.  The bumper was an extra $65 and I knew that I just couldn't afford to buy it, so I decided to recover the Baby A's bumpers since he wasn't using them. It was fairly simple. Here are exact directions from tndickersondiaries.
What you need:
  1. 1 1/2 yards of two different fabrics (front and back)
  2. old set of bumpers to recover
  3. about 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric to make ties
  4. basic sewing supplies
What you do:

Step 1:  
Measure the bumpers top to bottom, and add around two inches on the top and the bottom.  It is better to have more than you need because you can always adjust it on the bottom.  Most are 10 inches, but mine were a little taller.  Measure the length of the bumpers (usually 160 inches).  

Step 2:
Cut out strips to piece together for one side of the bumper.  If you are using a pattern, cut carefully.  You don't want crooked stripes!!

Step 3:
Sew pieces together.  You will end up with a long piece like this...

Step 4:
Repeat same process for the other side.

Step 5:
Iron seams open on both strips.

Step 6:
Place right sides to right sides and pin both strips together.

Step 7:
Sew two pieces together on one side. 

Step 8:
Iron seams open.

Step 9:
Open both pieces up and put wrong sides together.  Stitch a topstitch all the way down the side you just sewed together.  I chose to do this instead of messing with binding.

Step 10:
Insert bumpers to measure the bottom.  Pin so you know where your bottom stitch line should be.  

Step 11:
Iron one side under and measure where your top stitch will be along the bottom.  I marked it all the way down.  

Step 12:
Repeat on the other side, lining up with the other side.  Fold under one end and sew together the end and the the bottom.

Step 13:
You have created a long tube at this point.  Press the entire piece down well before stuffing the bumpers.

Step 14:
Stuff the bumpers into your new cover.  This can take some wrestling and manhandling.  It can also get twisted up, so just be patient on this step.

Step 15:
Sew up the other end.  I had to use my seam ripper and take out the stitching just a bit to get the ends pressed down.  It wasn't too much to rip out, but you may want to plan ahead on that step to eliminate ripping anything out.

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