Have you ever been a little over ambitious about a craft project?
This bassinet bedding ended up being one of those projects I thought I could crank-out in an afternoon or two (not sure where that idea came from considering the fact that I am definitely still a beginner sewer). I came to find I may have over estimated myself. This vintage bassinet was a great thrifted treasure (it only cost me $3!) but due to it's odd and outdated dimensions I had to make all of the bedding myself.
I started with the fitted bumper, which ended up being the hardest part (I think it took me a whole week of 'nap-times' to complete!). I found some great DIY crib bumper tutorials online and thought I could just use those and shorten the measurements to what I needed. Turns out, the shape of my lovely bassinet is actually larger on top and smaller on the bottom so I had measure and sew all of my pieces at an angle.
I know it doesn't look like I did much, but I actually ended up sewing a baby bumper, 2 fitted sheets, 1 cozy mattress topper, and a baby blanket (as well as giving the bassinet a fresh coat of paint).
It was a lot of hard work...I'm pretty sure half of my time went to re-cutting, re-sewing, and seam ripping...
But I am SO happy with the way everything turned out and glad that I chose to stick with it and finish the project!
*if your feeling ambitious and would like to make your own baby bedding here are a few great tutorials that can help you along the way...
Baby Bumper - at Vanilla Joy
Fitted Crib Sheet - at Made
I will also have my own DIY baby blanket tutorial posted shortly :)
Get a few more photos and details by clicking below!
A few more details...
To make the custom bassinet bumper I first measured all 4 sides of my bassinet. I then used the dimensions to cut my batting. (each piece has 2 layers of batting). Then, I basically made pillow cases for my batting by cutting my white fabric to the same dimensions (but adding about 1" all the way around for a seam allowance).
I then sewed 1/4" pieces of bias tape to the outside of the bumper. This helped to keep the bumper from slouching.