About a month ago I saw a cute and clever crib bumper on Pinterest.
If this were in a Splurge vs. Save magazine column, it would be on the Splurge side, and Ikea’s plush snake would be on the Save side.
I decided that I’d go for the 3rd option: Sew!
Before I could begin, I hit up Fabric.com for a ridiculous assortment of printed flannel. It’s a good thing that they sell fabric by the half yard. Spotlight doesn’t have nearly as many nice options.
When it all arrived, I procrastinated for about a week before I knuckled down to business. First, I cut up flannel strips of varying lengths and 29 cm wide. This was a nice project for using my rotary cutter and mat; they weren’t absolutely essential but they made the measuring and cutting go a lot faster.
I sewed the strips together and then joined them up lengthwise, so I had a long skinny flannel tube.
We had some surplus brand-new pillows in storage that we got for free with our new mattresses, so instead of buying a bag of polyfill, I opened up a pillow and used that as stuffing instead. This was the easiest part of the entire project: I finished stuffing it while watching an episode of The Good Wife.
Closing up the gap with a basic blanket stitch was also easy. Then came the really fun part – setting it up in Katy’s crib.
I’ve read extensively about crib bumpers and their correlation to SIDS, but frankly, I’m no longer as worried as I used to be now that Katy’s constantly changing her sleeping position by flipping back and forth. Ever since she started doing her mid-sleep gymnastics routine, we’d been using a variety of little pillows and bolsters to keep her from banging her head against the crib bars and waking herself up crying. I didn’t feel entirely comfortable using those loose items – they seem even more risky as suffocation hazards than a bumper that’s tied in place – so this was a solution that made sense to me.