I made this up as I went along without any pattern or tutorial to follow. I must confess, I was rather proud of the end result. Like I said, I was intimidated and really didn't know if it would be a success or not when I started.
1 1/2 yards of two different fabrics (front and back)
old set of bumpers to recover
about 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric to make ties
basic sewing supplies
Here's how I did it:
Measure the bumpers top to bottom, and add around two inches on the top and the bottom. It is better to have more than you need because you can always adjust it on the bottom. Most are 10 inches, but mine were a little taller. Measure the length of the bumpers (usually 160 inches).
Cut out strips to piece together for one side of the bumper. If you are using a pattern, cut carefully. You don't want crooked stripes!!
Sew pieces together. You will end up with a long piece like this...
Repeat same process for the other side.
Iron seams open on both strips.
Place right sides to right sides and pin both strips together.
Sew two pieces together on one side.
Iron seams open.
Open both pieces up and put wrong sides together. Stitch a topstitch all the way down the side you just sewed together. I chose to do this instead of messing with binding.
Insert bumpers to measure the bottom. Pin so you know where your bottom stitch line should be.
Iron one side under and measure where your top stitch will be along the bottom. I marked it all the way down.
Repeat on the other side, lining up with the other side. Fold under one end and sew together the end and the the bottom.
You have created a long tube at this point. Press the entire piece down well before stuffing the bumpers.
Stuff the bumpers into your new cover. This can take some wrestling and manhandling. It can also get twisted up, so just be patient on this step.
Sew up the other end. I had to use my seam ripper and take out the stitching just a bit to get the ends pressed down. It wasn't too much to rip out, but you may want to plan ahead on that step to eliminate ripping anything out.
You're almost finished. I stopped here and did the next step the next day. The only thing left to do is the ties. You can use coordinating ribbon to tie onto the crib, but I didn't have any and I am impatient. I didn't think it would take too long to just make my own. It really didn't, and I think it looks less handmade when they are fabric rather than ribbon. I also make mine the easy way without having to turn them inside out.
The original bumpers used fourteen ties. I made fourteen and when I went to pin them to line up with the crib, I decided I wanted many more than what the original. I didn't want any gaps. I ended up almost doubling what the original had...remember you need a tie on the top and the bottom.
Cut out strips of fabric 20 in x 2 in.
Iron down about a 1/2 on top and bottom and ends.
Then iron it down the middle.
Sew down edges and ends.
Repeat many times...
Put your bumper in the crib and pin where you want your ties to go. Then sew them onto the bumper. This was a little hard to fit in my sewing machine because my bumper was so plush. Just push it down and pin it so you can fit it into the machine.
Repeat many times all the way down the top and bottom of the bumper.
A few notes:
**My patterns were stripes and chevrons. The chevron was the outside pattern and I didn't worry about lining them up perfectly. I was planning on trying to line them up, but then thought I would waste a lot of material. I saw some bumpers on etsy that were a larger gray and white chevron print and she didn't line them up. I thought it looked fine so that's how I did mine. If you're a freak and it would annoy you every time you looked at it, I would try to line it up☺ The stripes weren't hard to do as long as you can cut straight. So, just consider your pattern before you make them.
**The bumpers you may have to recover might be thinner than the ones that I used. If so, you may want to sew down vertically to do the folds like this...