OK let's do some construction on the bumpers. I'm so excited! Get your inside piece, the piping fabric and your piping. I'm using really small pipe that is paper constructed. You can get cotton pipe at the fabric store in numerous sizes. I've even used 1 inch pipe on bumpers before. Huge but very cute. Since these are for boys I didn't add a ruffle to the top edge but you could do that here at this stage.
Lay the pipe fabric right sides together along the top edge of the inside fabric.
Lay the pipe along the edge and fold up the pipe fabric to cover the piping. You should have enough fabric to cover the fabric with extra for seam allowance.
This is the step where you make the length right.
I lay the fabric at zero and mark at 28 inches.
Move the pin to zero and mark at 25.5 inches.
Move to zero and again mark at 25.5 inches.
Move it to zero and mark at 28 inches.
Move to zero and mark at 25.5 inches.
Last time, zero then at 25.5 inches.
Cut off the excess leaving about 1 inch for end seam allowance.
Turn the bumper right side out and where the pins marked the bottom edge is were you will attach the ties. I start at the top and lay the middle of the tie on the fabric and stitch all the way down like this:
Continue all the way around the bumper.
The last step is the hardest, but it's the last so when you're done, you're done. Stitch along the bottom edge. This is really awkward and I keep the unsewn part over my left shoulder as I sew (I've never gotten a pin in my ear so don't worry) Go slow and keep the edges together and not bunched. Now clip threads and you're done! Hoorray!
The places were you attached the ties are the natural corners for the crib with an extra section on the sides to keep the sides secure to the crib. Tie the ends together, then attach them to the crib.