The Little Girl has a tendancy to smack her head against the cot ends and side bars when sleeping in her cot. This invariably results in a screaming baby and a very bleary-eyed, sleepy mother trying to soothe her back to sleep! After looking at the prices of cot bumpers in the stores, I naturally went, "How much? I'm NOT paying that. I'll make it myself". Ha! Famous last words. I think I had bitten off more than I could chew....
This has been a project that has spanned a couple of months. I started with a hiss and a roar, finished half, then put it away because it was just too much effort!. The push I needed was looking into the Little Girl's cot yesterday morning, seeing all these blankets rolled up and pushed between the cot and the mattress to stop her bumping her head. "That's it!" I thought, "Rain, hail or shine, I'm going to finish the bumper TODAY". So that's what I did.
I was on such a mission I didn't even get out of my pajamas or have breakfast until I'd finished....which wasn't until 3pm!!
As I don't usually ever work to a pattern, my 'How-To' is custom made to my own cot, but you can just alter the measurements to fit your own.
What you'll need:
1x single duvet inner
Fabric of your choice (plain is easier)
1 good quality high-thread count sheet (mine was an opp-shop find)
Velcro (3-4 metres approx.)
|As wadding was too expensive and not thick enough, I found an unused single duvet inner to use instead.|
I decided that the pre-stitched panels were the perfect width, which made it easier.
|Cut the duvet inner along the stitched panels to make 4 long panels.|
Machine sew the edges that don't have stitching, to prevent the wadding coming out.
|Viola....my very own very pink cot bumper!|
|It's well padded and safe too, as children can't undo the velcro from the inside of the cot.|