Great Adventures in Bumpers
It’s Friday night – let’s talk crib bumpers.
Nice segway, huh?!
Will’s room is always in transition…and the last we chatted, the gallery wall was unfinished…still is by the way…and the crib had a bumper I got for $2 at Goodwill. It was brand new and still in the packaging and washable which always makes me feel a little more comfortable when it comes to used bedding (I have an unrealistic fear of bed bugs). But the problem with this bumper is the same that we found with every other bumper…it’s made with thin padding which makes it easily pushed down and creates what I call “the saggy middle”.
It’s better illustrated with this really old photo of Will’s room and his previous blue bumper. Check out that saggage (totally made that word up and I love it).
Oh and did you know that custom bedding…even non-custom bumpers with thick firm padding are like $100!? ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. That’s alotta green people! A lot for something that keeps my toddler from getting his feet stuck or losing the pacifier in the middle of the night. A hundred dollars should be saving lives or at the very least solving the world energy crisis.
Sooo….armed with an idea and my Singer sewing machine, I dug into my stash of fabrics and came up with my own solution.
I used three different types of fabric – the inside plaid fabric was from Ikea…the tie straps and the outside is a woven cotton I got too much of years ago at a discount fabric store…and the piping was made out of the spare fabric from Will’s bedskirt (which I made from some thin tweedy fabric I got for $1 at Goodwill).
I first measured everything and came up with a plan of action. I decided to make four different panels – one for each side of the crib. Each panel needed to be extra firm – since the little Tinkler has a tendency to rest his feet on top of bumpers. I also wanted the outside to be neutral…and the inside of each panel to be a little interesting (with more patterned fabric).
After the tedious measuring and cutting stage – I simply added the trim to the top edge of the inside fabric first.
Then I pinned the ties to the inside panel and sewed them in. Then it was just like sewing a pilllow cover - laying everything inside out and sewing a square (with a gap so that I could turned it all rightside out and slip the foam inside (I got a sheet of 1″ foam for $15 at a discount fabric store).
When it was all said and done, I had four panels with a very neutral outside and plenty of ties (to prevent saggage).
The corners tie together…making a tighter fit.
I love the inside most. It’s so interesting to me…and just enough boyish charm to make me smile.
Will approves too.
This is sooo Will.
Paci – check.
Lovie – check.
Skinned knees – double check.
Oh and did I ever mention that the kid is long?
Yeah. upper ninety’s percentile.
Good thing too…because his baby girlfriend is tall too…and we wanna make sure any mock-wedding photos don’t embarrass him in the future.
Now that we’ve hit the cribskirt, let’s talk art. I’m having a hardish time coming up with the right combo of art. I’m going for an old-meets-new-shakespeare-captainoftheship-gladiator-gentlemen-withatouchofwhimsy feel. Did you catch that?
I added the silhouette picture. That’s easy. I love how classic and victorian it feels with the round frame and the contrasting black and white.
And in one of the frames I added this Six Flags Great Adventure map….I just googled images and found this non-high-res scanned one and printed it out at home. Now why would I print out a theme park map? Well, my mom used to work there. Yup. We are as good as carnies this family of mine. In fact, (and she will probably kill me for telling you this) she used to dance there. Yes. That happened. In high heels, fish net stockings, a zebra bikini WITH CHAINS, and a headdress with feathers as big as Dolly Partons you know whats. Oh and she had to ride a motorcycle in the show.
Tell me how much you love that. Because we all do.
So that is why I love that map….it’s just a good reminder that our lives and family is full of surprises.
Hope y’all have a good weekend! Hopefully I’ll get some posts out (I’m kinda behind because of the vacation – so keep your fingers and your fishnetted legs crossed for me!