Sewing Crib Bedding
Crib bedding is a necessity when it comes to caring for newborns. However, buying these essentials for your baby may be stressful because of the price. If you want to avoid all the hassle and anxiety, you can do a gorgeous crib bedding yourself. It is less expensive and has additional sentimental value. What is more, you do not have to be Coco Chanel or Ralph Lauren to cope with the task.
Step 1 – Decide on the Type of Set
Choose the number of pieces for your crib bedding. Standard crib bedding is a 3-piece set which combines a bumper, quilt and dust ruffle. However, you may add other baby bedding accessories, such as a fitted crib sheet, pillow, blanket, etc.
Step 2 - Choose Fabric and Textile Design
Cotton and fleece are the most suitable materials for crib bedding. In order to select the right textile design, you can use the pattern books of different manufacturers. The pattern should fit the décor of the baby’s bedroom. Consider the color, style (classic, modern, unique, etc.) and theme (cowboy, princess, bug, animal, etc.).
Step 3 - Measure the Size of the Crib
Buying the right quantity of fabric for the bedding depends on the accurate measurement of the crib’s dimensions. Purchase enough cloth and batting for the quilt and bumper. Buy the fabric and thread together to make sure they are a good match.
Step 4 - Follow the Pattern
You will need a pattern and a yard stick to measure and cut out the crib bedding items. You can follow a ready-made pattern or prepare one by using heavy tissue paper. Before cutting the shapes of the bumper, quilt, sheet and dust ruffle, do not forget to add a 5/8-inch seam allowance to all sides. Do not include seam allowance when you cut out the size of the batting.
Step 5 - Prepare the Bumper and Quilt
Put the right sides together and sew the hems closed for the bumper and the quilt. Leave a ditch (about 4 to 5 inches wide) to place the batting. Now spread the batting onto the bumper. Choose a corner and start to roll with firm movements until you can move the batting and cloth inside out through the ditch. Now, sew the hole closed. At the end, add to the bumper ties or a number of threads twisted together and tie to the crib’s rails in order to protect the baby from injuries.
Step 6 - Prepare the Dust Ruffle
You will need four pieces of fabric: one sheet of cloth that fits the size of the crib’s mattress, one end panel and two side panels. The panels’ length must be equal to two or three times the mattress length. Stitch three of the sides of each panel and gather the upper hems to fit the mattress. Finally, sew the panels to the main piece of cloth.