How to Recover a Bassinet


Bassinets are an important piece of furniture for infants. Whether the bassinet is used in the bedroom or the family room, it deserves to be decorated for your new bundle of joy. Choose a fabric that coordinates with or complements the bassinet bedding you've chosen.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Bassinet sheet
  • Bassinet bumper pad
  • Bassinet comforter

Bassinet Bed

  • Measure around the top rim of the bassinet's body. Double that measurement; this will be the length of fabric you'll need to cover the body of the bassinet.

  • Measure the distance from the top of the bassinet bed to the floor and add two inches to find the width of the fabric you will need to wrap around the body of the bassinet.

  • Cut your fabric to the length and width you've determined in steps 1 and 2. Depending upon the bassinet, you may need to sew two pieces of fabric together to achieve your length. This is because typical fabrics come in 42-inch widths and, depending upon the way the design is printed on the fabric, you may need to sew two pieces together to achieve the proper width. If you're using a solid-colored fabric, you won't have this issue.

  • Sew a one-inch hem on each of the longest sides of fabric.

  • Sew the hem in half on the edge of the fabric that will be at the top of the bassinet bed, creating two channels.

  • Cut a length of elastic to three inches shorter than the distance around the bassinet.

  • String the elastic cord through the bottom portion of the hem at the top of the fabric, and stitch the ends together. The elastic will secure the bassinet to the bed, while the upper hem creates a ruffle.

  • Slip the fabric over the bassinet and place the elastic at the rim of the bassinet, covering the body of the bassinet with the skirt. (The bassinet hood is not covered at this point.) Arrange the fabric so it's evenly gathered around the bassinet.

Bassinet Hood

  • Measure the distance from one side of the hood to the other. Start the measurement at the point one side of the hood touches the bassinet body and end at the same point on the other side of the bassinet body. Double that figure: this is the width of the fabric you'll need.

  • Determine the length of the hood cover by measuring from the floor to the upper edge of the bassinet hood, meaning the edge of the bassinet hood that's furthest from the floor. Add two inches: this is the length of the fabric you'll need. Cut the fabric to size.

  • Sew a one-inch hem at both ends of the fabric width.

  • Choose the width-side of the fabric that will be the top, and sew that hem in half, creating two channels.

  • Cut a length of ribbon two inches shorter than the distance from one end of the bassinet hood to the other, and string it through the inside channel of the hem. This creates a ruffle that extends slightly beyond the edge of the bassinet hood.

  • Gather the fabric evenly on the ribbon and settle it on the bassinet hood. Stitch the ribbon to the inside of the fabric surrounding the bassinet bed.

  • Settle the fabric on top of the bassinet hood. Arrange the fabric so it's evenly gathered across the bassinet hood.

  • Tie large bows and sew them to the bassinet hood cover at the point where the hood meets the bassinet body. Do this on both sides of the bassinet.

  • Gather the fabric on the bassinet hood into your hand at the point where it meets the bassinet bed. Tie a large ribbon around the fabric and cut the tails to the size you want them to be.

  • Finish your bassinet with a bassinet bedding set. Install the sheet, the bumper pad and the comforter.

Tips & Warnings

  • The length of ribbon you need depends on the size of the bassinet you choose and how long you want the ribbon tails to be.
  • Never leave an infant unattended in a bassinet.
  • Stop using the bassinet as soon as your baby tries to turn over.

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