DIY Crib Bumpers {Part 1- Piping & Ties}

DIY Crib Bumper

I apparently was so stinking bored on maternity leave that I was creating work for myself.  I couldn’t fathom spending so much on baby bedding for it to be puked and shat on so I looked up a few tutorials online.  I wasn’t pleased with any of the instructions so I pieced a bunch together and figured it out myself.

Experienced seamstress?  Head’s up. I apologize if you have even the slightest idea how to sew.  I realize I am probably doing this the hardest way possible.

Don’t know how to read a pattern?  If you are like me, you will thank me for showing you how to do this with zero experience beyond knowing how to wind a bobbin and thread a needle.

Grab yourself a good cup o’ joe and let’s get started on your DIY crib bumpers with piping and ties!

coffee and chalkboard


DIY crib bumpers


When I first started looking up some images of bedding I liked and reading a few tutorials, I kept seeing “piping” written on everything.  I remember thinking, “What the french toast is piping?”  Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it looks.  It really makes the whole bumper look polished so suck it up buttercup and just do it.  (Piping can also be used for pillows!)

What you will need:

  • 10 yd piping cord (I picked 1/2″)
  • 2 yd fabric – fabric should measure 45 X 72, this amount is for pipe and ties together
  • stitch witchery
  • iron
  • water


Begin by cutting down the length of your fabric.  Cut to make 5 strips that measure 1 3/4 inches wide by 72 inches long.  You should have one large piece of fabric leftover to make the ties, measuring about 36 inches by 72 inches.

Once you have 5 strips cut, overlap the ends just enough that you can stick a piece of stitch witchery between them.  Iron to connect and you should have one strip over 320 inches long.

long strip of fabric

Lay the piping cord in the center of the fabric.  On the bottom side, place stitch witchery and spray lightly with water.

add cord

Fold over the fabric and iron as close as you can to the piping cord.


Repeat this process for the remainder of the piping cord.  And, voila!  Beautiful yards of piping!

yards of teal piping


What you will need:

  • remainder of fabric from above
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread
  • pins
  • iron


1. Begin by folding the two ends of your 12 x 2 inch fabric pieces in about 1/2 inch and iron.  (Ignore the stitching because I realized it is a waste of time!)  Fold the fabric piece in half lengthwise and iron again.

2 & 3. Fold in each edge to the middle crease and iron.

4. Finish by closing the fold.


While holding the fabric piece shut (you can pin if that is easier) run it through the sewing machine. Stitch as close to the open ends as possible.  I just left a little space in between each tie and kept running them through.  It was faster than cutting and starting a new one repeatedly.

tie sew

You should have 24 ties once you trim them apart.

ties finished

That’s it for Part 1!  Now you can move onto Part 2!

If you need to make a crib skirt, have no fear.  I have a whole tutorial here and I pinky promise it is WAY easier than a bumper.  You don’t even have to sew!

If you STILL don’t think you can tackle this, maybe you would be interested in ordering one from my Etsy shop which I’m working on re-opening!  I am always up for the challenge of a custom order.

I can’t wait to hear how your crib bumpers turn out!


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