Creating a Slipcover for Your Crib Mattress

crib mattresses
  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-200
What You'll Need
Cloth (in the amount you measure)
Cloth tape measure
White chalk pencil
Sewing machine or fusible tape
Pen and paper
Zipper (the length of the end of your crib)

Creating a slip cover for your crib mattress is actually very easy. Even if you are not an experienced seamstress you can complete this job in an afternoon. You'll even find that creating a slipcover for your crib mattress doesn't always require a sewing machine. Don't fear, with a little forethought and a small amount of creative ability you can create a personalized backdrop for your baby's bed.

Step 1 - Consider the Material You Will Use

There are many materials you can use to make a slipcover for a crib mattress. However, organic cotton is thought to be the safest and gentlest for your baby. Organic cotton does not contain chemical dyes, perfumes, or any irritants that could harm your baby. However, you can find organic cotton that is dyed with vegetable dye, if you prefer something other than the bland color of organic cotton. If you choose not to use organic cotton make sure that the bedding you use is free of harsh chemicals or preservatives that can irritate your baby's tender skin.

Step 2 - Choose between a Permanent or Temporary Cover

You have two options when creating a slipcover for your crib mattress. You can make a permanent slipcover that will never be removed, or you can create a temporary cover that can be removed for washing. temporary slipcovers are the best option. After all, babies often spit up and bottles may leak. If you use a permanent cover you will have to cut it off and use a new one every time the cover gets dirty.

Step 3 - Measuring the Right Dimensions

Before you begin you will need to measure your baby's crib mattress. Remove the mattress from the crib and place it on the floor or a large table. Measure the length, height, and width of each end of the bed. Next, measure the sides, and finally the top and bottom. Write all of these measurements down with your pen and paper. You will notice that the matching sides, such as the top and bottom, usually have the same measurement within a half inch. It is usually best to use the biggest measurement for each part of the mattress. For example, use the biggest measurement out of the top and bottom.

Step 4 - Cutting Your Material

The next step you will complete is the cutting of the material. For most people this is the scariest part of the project. However, take your time and measure twice to make sure you have no problems. At this point you have three measurements. One measurement for the top and bottom, one for the sides of the mattress, and one for the ends of the mattress. Fold your material into two even pieces. Use the white chalk pencil to draw each of these measurements on the folded material. When you cut the three measurements out you will end up with two of each piece.

Step 5 - Sewing the Final Product

Now it is time to assemble all six pieces. Start by pining the two end pieces on the top of the slipcover. Using your sewing machine, sew these pieces together. You can sew a 1/4 inch seam for this project. After you attach the end you will want to attach the sides in the same manner. The final step is attaching the bottom and turning the piece right side out. Sew the bottom to side pieces of the slipcover. Next, sew the zipper to one end of the slip cover and the bottom. Now you can sew the final end piece and turn your slipcover inside out for use. If you prefer you can use the fusible tape to finish the slip cover instead of sewing the pieces.