How to Make Size 18X36 Cradle Bumper Pads

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 yards fabric

  • 1 yard high-loft quilt batting (2 yards if thicker pads are desired)

  • 2 ½ yards pre-gathered, color-coordinated eyelet lace

  • 14 6-inch-long pieces of ribbon or bias tape

  • Chalk

  • Thread

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing machine

  • Tape measure

Cradle bumper pads can be created easily with basic sewing skills. A sewing machine with straight stitch capability is the only appliance necessary to sew cradle bumper pads in a short amount of time. Choose fabric that coordinates with the bedroom or nursery theme and trim with matching or contrasting eyelet lace. These cradle bumper pads are easily attached and removed and, depending on the fabric selected, are machine-washable. These cradle bumper pads are so simple, you might want to make more than one pad!


Step 1

Fold fabric in half vertically.

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Step 2

Measure fabric 19 inches wide x 37 inches long. Mark with chalk.

Step 3

On a flat surface, right sides together, cut two pieces of 19 inches wide x 37 inches long fabric.

Step 4

On a flat surface, cut one piece of 18 inches wide x 36 inches long high-loft quilt batting. If you want thicker bumper pads, cut two pieces and stack one piece on top of the other.

Step 5

Right sides together, place your 19 inch wide x 37 inch long pieces of fabric on a flat surface. Place your quilt batting on top of the fabric. Pin together. You should have batting, fabric, fabric.


Step 6

Sew all sides, with a ½ inch seam allowance, leaving one 19-inch-wide end open.

Step 7

Carefully, turn the sewn tube inside out so you are now looking at the right sides of your fabric and the batting is inside.


Step 8

Sew the open 19-inch-wide end closed.

Step 9

Using your tape measure, measure six equal parts and mark with a straight pin.

Step 10

Sew using straight stitch, vertically, where marked with pin. You will have a 36-inch-long rectangle sewn into six equal parts.


Step 11

Sew pre-gathered eyelet lace on all edges of the bumper pad.

Step 12

Sew a 6-inch-long piece of ribbon or bias tape at the top of each section and at each end.

Step 13

Sew a 6-inch-long piece of ribbon or bias tape at the bottom of each section and at each end.

Step 14

Place your 18x36 cradle bumper pads into the cradle and tie the ribbons around the cradle rungs.


Bows or satin roses can be sewn into the crease of each section at the top if this coordinates with your fabric choice. If your machine has a zig-zag function, using this to sew the eyelet lace onto your bumper pads in matching thread is faster than using a straight stitch.


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