How to Make Crib Bumpers with Piping

It should come as no surprise that a nursery is my favorite room to decorate.  (Is there a more fun occasion to decorate?! Seriously.) 

When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2010, I decided I wanted to make her custom crib bumpers. At the time, I was working full-time and didn’t really have time (or quite frankly, the knowledge) to add piping. I’m sad to say that I settled on making them simply according to basic package instructions. 

It was one of my biggest decorating regrets, so since then, I have gone back and created a free tutorial. It was created exclusively for Fairfield and uses their wonderful Poly-Fil Nu Foam Baby Bumper Pads! Just check out the link below for the free pattern: 

I have used this tutorial to make multiple sets since then, including this aqua houndstooth set for my son who was born in January!


If you make a set using my tutorial, I would absolutely LOVE to see them.  Just upload a picture to the Lella Boutique Flickr Group!

Just check out this lovely chevron set I made using some of Marcus Fabrics’ PRETTY SPECIAL prints. 


  1. Deanna

    August 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I think I have fallen in love with Michael Miller's Peacock Lane…I have three boys, and am not expecting…but for the next go around… hoping for a girl! LOL!

  2. Deanna

    August 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

    And after looking at Fairfield's site, I think I'd take one of everything. LOL! Those bumper pads look amazing though….I had to piece foam together for mine 5 years ago…and it was awful! LOL!

    Would you do a tutorial on how you made the bumper pads?? Maybe you already did and I missed it….off to look for one! 🙂


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  3. Abbey

    August 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I would like to see a tutorial to make a cover for NurtureNest® U-Shaped Pillow . I definately have baby on the brain as two are on the way right now!!

  4. Abbey

    August 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I love the baby collection from micheal miller. I love that there are both boy and girl fabrics and they contain the neutral gray in both as we are basing our nursery around gray with lots of bright color accents!!

  5. Shan

    August 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Oooh, how about a tree skirt?

  6. Shanea

    August 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I love the citron and grey and the aqua and red lines….drool worthy!

  7. Shanea

    August 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I would love a tutorial for the stuffed pets, my son loves animals and I would love to make him one.

  8. Deborah March

    August 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    WOW!! SOOOO professionally done!!

  9. Stacey

    August 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I LOVE the idea for the Flower Garden placemats on the Fairfield site! I would love a tutorial on anything that will keep my 3 year old at the dinner table 🙂

  10. Stacey

    August 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I would definitely have to choose the baby collection from Michael Miller Fabrics- the Pedal Dandy Damask for a girl, or the Sea Zoology for boy! They are both so cute! I'm with you- my Gracie might need a do-over as well!!!

  11. Unknown

    August 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    These are awesome! Totally amazed that you made them! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  12. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane

    August 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I actually am not a bumper girl but I shared this giveaway on FB! Thanks for thinking of me!!

  13. Jennifer Whitney

    August 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I'm having a boy, and I've been dying looking at Micheal Miller fabrics from their Baby collection, the bicycle print CX4892_Haze. My husband and I are huge bikers, and it would absolutely perfect for our baby's room!

  14. The Autocrat: Haley

    August 2, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Oh my! So glad I found this post. Going to be making a baby set for my friend. Oh and I love ALL the baby prints MM has to offer. Especially the ones for the little girls. Actually, I {heart} all MM fabrics.

  15. deede

    August 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I would use the aqua/red fabrics of Michael Miller–so happy and sure to keep a baby's interest!


  16. deede

    August 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I'd love a tutorial on making plush animals/dolls. I have some vintage patterns (1940s) and they seem so small! As a sewing beginner, I'd like some tips to make these sweet huggables for friends.

    Thanks again.

  17. Michelle @ Delicate Construction

    August 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love the fabric!! I am visiting from Not JUST A Housewife and I am a new follower!! I hope you have a great week and that I see you around soon!

  18. Life With Lucy

    August 3, 2011 at 10:06 am

    These are awesome and look so well done. The piping looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial as well. I'm definitely adding this to my "sewing aspirations" file! Thanks for sharing!
    ps- i LOVE your blog header!

  19. Unknown

    August 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Ooooh! Just found out I'm pregnant and have been searching fabrics and tutorials like crazy. (Didn't know how to sew w/ the first one.) Anyway, I like the new Hyperreal Garden collection of fabric.

  20. Unknown

    August 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Oh, and I just finished sewing a bumper for my bff using these foam inserts. They're awesome! So I'm going w/ that as my favorite product.

  21. Aloha

    August 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I visited Fairfield. I just want to know how to make a pretty pillow….But I may have to make baby bumpers instead for my coming grandson!

  22. Aloha

    August 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Ay Michael Miller, I would use some of the secret garden prints for the bumpers, but I would have to match what the daughter wants….I hope she likes those too.

  23. Elena

    August 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Hmm, maybe the U-shaped pillow for nursing mommies.

    I've always wanted to try making a crib set!

  24. Elena

    August 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

    For a girl I'd use the Petal Dandy Damask. So pretty!

  25. Elizabeth

    August 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    i would love to see a tutorial for the stuffing beads! if i were going to make a stuffed animal for my son, it would probably be a giraffe or an elephant.

  26. Elizabeth

    August 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    at michael miller fabrics, i would use their zoology fabric!

    i've been tossing around the idea of making my own crib bedding for my son, but i didn't know they made precut foam specifically for bumpers! this is awesome!

  27. Nicole Rose-Taylor

    August 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I would love to see a tutorial for the u-shaped nursing pillow! I'm new to sewing and mommyhood but with a tutorial I know I could pull it off!

  28. qandlequeen

    June 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I work for an agency that distributes used baby supplies – crib bumpers are considered a safety hazard! I'm currently dismantling about 50 bumpers to remake into quilts.

  29. Lella Boutique

    June 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I appreciate you voicing your concern! I hope any expectant mother will do research on this matter and make an informed choice. There seem to be a variety of opinions on the matter, and this tutorial is for those who decide to have crib bumpers and will presumably exercise appropriate caution.

  30. independent midwives

    October 19, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Wonder Bumpers are soft just like a bumper pad, only it's not a bumper pad. They are cute little individual bumpers for each and every crib rail. Who ever thought of these things was a genius.

  31. Hellmut

    October 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

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  32. Unknown

    May 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial! I do have a question about installing the bumper pads. The pictures you posted look like there is one set of ties in the middle and in each corner. But it seems like since each of the six pads has ties on the short end, there would be double set of ties in the middle and each corner where two pads meet. I like the look of the single tie. Can you explain how you installed the bumper pads to have the single sets of ties? Thanks.

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