Making a bassinet mattress is a great project to do with kids. You will learn how to sew and how to put together pieces of fabric, while also getting a sense of how mattresses work!
This article shares step by step instructions on how to make a bassinet mattress from scratch. It includes detailed steps that will help you along the way as well as links for all the materials you need.
Step by step instructions on how to make a bassinet mattress:
Step 1. Get your materials together such as the sewing machine, thread and fabrics – pin out all pattern pieces ensuring there is adequate room for seam allowances – align up one side edge of the fabric with the top opening edge (the right sides should be facing each other).
Step 2. Place several pins or clips along with this piece and stitch through using either a zipper foot if you have it or just do an even row of stitching stopping at where you eventually want your zipper closure ends to be.
Step 3. Repeat these steps for both upper corners so that they are squared off completely. The bottom corner edges will align with the edge where your opening is.
Step 4. Clip off all excess fabric and continue sewing along with this bottom opening until you get to the end – trim any extra threads and turn it out through that top zipper closure – stair step stair stitch or hand sew a button & loop into place at either end of the zipper for closures (if using these)
Step 5. Lay flat on the floor with a mattress inside, face up. Place one edge of the bassinet mattress cover over the corner and hold in place while pulling down onto this corner until its fully covered by about an inch or so at which point grab another side edge (left or right) ensuring it’s pulled tightly across towards opposite corner as well
Step 6. Now grab the opposite corner (left or right) and pull it down across that bottom opening towards the other end. Tuck in any extra fabric along the sides of the mattress cover and continue pulling tight all around the bassinet mattress until it’s fully covered – pin corners together, then stair-step stitch closed.
Do this for each corner to ensure a good fit if using buttons & loops instead of zippers sew on either side button/loop closures at top uppermost ends first so you can determine where your middle midpoint is going to be to place centre zipper closure(s).
Steps on How to make a fitted cradle sheet
Step one: Cut the fabric. First, measure and cut your foam to fit inside of the bassinet area. Then, take out a measuring tape and a rule pencil or pen to draw up each side on either side of the foam so that it is flush with all four sides.
Once this has been done follow these steps by placing your sheet material down flatly which will be facing you as well as sewing along three edges leaving only one edge open for filling purposes later on in this process.
Step two: Now that you have your fabric cut out it is time to finish up the stitching and filling process. Make sure that when threading the needle you tie a knot at either end of this sewing job so as not to lose any material in later steps.
Then, take each strip of sheeting and fold them over four times until they are half their original size and then sew along these edges (this will make for less bulk inside the bassinette). Once you do this continue with pulling all sides towards one another until they meet to fit snugly around your foam mattress inset.
Use safety pins on either side if need be during operation to keep everything lined up properly since there should no longer be a mattress inside the bassinette that is holding things in place.
Steps on How to make a fitted mini crib sheet
Step 1. Cut down the old mattress to the size of your mini crib. You can use this for a pattern or just cut out an exact square shape.
Step 2. Use your sewing machine and sew together three pieces of fabric, two long ones on either side (the longer they are, the more bubble wrap you will be able to stuff in there) with one shorter piece at the top where it will tuck under.
Make sure that if you put any kind of graphic design on it (like I did), make sure it’s facing the wrong side up so no printing is seen when turned right side up! It has been suggested not to do anything but solid colours because then you see all kinds of other things
Step 3. Turn it right side out. Now, time to stuff with all kinds of bubble wrap! I read somewhere on the internet that you should use two pounds per square foot so after running some numbers and doing conversions in my head (yes, ive become one of those crazy obsessed moms).
I used about twenty-five pounds. That seems like a lot but remember this isn’t just for sleeping it’s also a play yard and portable crib so I’m sure they will be jumping around inside there !!!!!! 🙂
Step 4. Once stuffed into your fabric cover, tuck under raw edges at the top edge where the opening was left to turn right side out over the filling. Instead of sewing forging closed as most tutorials suggest.
Also, it would be a good idea to add a few fabric loops along where your ties will be so they don’t rip through when tugged on my baby! And since this is the pretty thick foam I’m extra careful about making sure my edges weren’t poking up or anything because otherwise, it could get uncomfortable for them.