How to Customize, Recover, And/or Reupholster a Crib Bumper Pad

With both my son’s and daughter’s nurseries I’ve wanted custom crib bumper pads… and I didn’t want to pay hundreds for them either! My mom helped me with my son’s and I felt comfortable enough to make my daughter’s.
It really isn’t that hard to do. If you can sew a straight line you can create a customized crib bumper pad.
I’ve found the least expensive way to make a custom bumper pad is to buy a bumper pad on sale, clearance, or at a garage sale (or take a used one that you may already have) and recover it/sew material on the outside of it.
For example, I found a brand new Baby Gap bumper pad for my son at a garage sale for $5.00.
My mom and I customized it by sewing material onto the front that matched his nursery. We just used one type of fabric.
Here is the finished product.
With my daughter I got a little more ambitious and pieced different patterns of fabric together before sewing it on the bumper pad.

I found a yellow bumper pad (in like new condition) at a yard sale for $1.00. I washed it and began the project.
First, I took the material I wanted to use and cut them into smaller rectangular pieces. I pinned them to each other so that I could sew the blocks of fabric together.
I sewed all the blocks together on the back side so you couldn’t see the stitching from the front. And because they were pinned well, the blocks were the right size and in the right order.
This is what it looked like after the fabric was sewn together, it became one long piece of fabric.

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