Remember this cute photo of Miley and Howie and their custom crate covers? :) (I just feel like I need to warn you, that post is from way back in 2008, so prepare yourself to be jolted back in time if you click!) It has been going around Pinterest lately, and I’ve gotten lots of requests on how I made the crate bumper pads. So I thought I’d share this quick pattern today for anyone who’s interested in making custom crate bumper pads. A quick few things to note before we get started:
- This pattern does not include the instructions for the matching bed. Honestly, it was just basically a pillowcase around 2″ thick foam. It didn’t have a zipper or anything, so it wasn’t very practical for washing. If I were going to do it again, I’d just buy a bed first and then use coordinating fabric for the bumper pads, which is what I recommend. So this pattern is for the crate bumper pads only.
- I made these so long ago that I don’t have real step-by-step pictures on how to make them, but I’ve included graphics that I think are probably more helpful than images would be. :)
- Crate Cover Instructions: I didn’t use a pattern for the crate cover, but here’s how I made it. It’s super easy. Measure all five sides of the crate (front, back, two sides, and top). Cut pieces of fabric about 2″ bigger than your dimensions (enough for seams and hemming). Lay the Top piece on the crate (wrong side up) and pin the Sides to the Top piece (also wrong side up) so that they hang down in place. Make sure you leave enough room to hem the bottom, but don’t do that until the very last step. Go ahead and sew the two Side pieces to the Top piece. Then repeat with the Back piece. Next pin the Front piece at the top. Measure where you need the opening for the door, then cut it out. Sew the Front piece in place, then hem all the way around the bottom. Glue ribbon around the opening on the Front piece to hide the raw edges. That’s it, and you’re done! That’s my hacky, non-professional way of doing it. :)
- No, I’m sorry, I don’t sell these. (I actually get lots of requests for this, lol!) I thought about it, but Etsy wouldn’t let me charge five billion dollars per crate cover. What’s up with that, Etsy?
Okay, let’s get started on making your own! :)
Fits Small, Medium, and Large Crate Sizes
Small – 24″ L x 20″ W x 21″ H
Medium – 26″ L x 23″ W x 24″ H
Large – 42″ L x 36″ W x 28″ H
54″ to 60″ home decor fabric
- Cover — 1 7/8 yard
- Padding — 1/2″ thick foam: 9 1/4″ x 61 3/4″
- Cover — 2 3/4 yard
- Padding — 1/2″ thick foam: 11 1/4″ x 92″
- Cover — 3 1/8 yard
- Padding — 1/2″ thick foam: 13 1/4″ x 102″
Optional for All Sizes
- 3 1/2 yards coordinating ribbon for bumper ties
Here is the pattern you’ll need for the bumper pad and matching ties. Just a simple rectangle here. If you’re having trouble seeing the measurements, I’ve included a printable PDF down at the bottom of this post for this entire tutorial and you’ll be able to download it and zoom in on all the measurements. You can also print out the tutorial and take it with you so you don’t have to read from your computer.
Step One – Ties
Prepare 8 ties — You can also skip this step and just use coordinating ribbon. That’s what I did for Miley and Howie’s bumper pads.
Fold tie in half lengthwise with WRONG sides together. Press to crease.
Unfold, then fold the top edge down and the bottom edge up WRONG sides together so they meet at the crease. Press to crease.
Fold tie in half lengthwise, hiding raw edges, to bring pressed edges together. Stitch both long edges.
Step Two – Bumper
Fold each tie (or ribbon) in half widthwise and pin to one bumper piece. Pin on RIGHT side of fabric, having the fold even with the raw edges. Pin one tie on each stitching line (top and bottom) and the reminaing four ties to each corner of the bumper, with the fold 1/2” in from the short edge. Baste in place.
Baste foam to WRONG side of remaining bumper piece. Use big hand basting stitches and a long needle.
With RIGHT sides together, stitch entire outer edge of bumper sections together, leaving an opening to turn. Watch out for the loose ends of the ties. Trim Corners.
Turn bumper right side out through opening. Hand stitch opening closed.
Stitch along stitching lines and then a 1/2” over from those stitching lines so that the ties are in the center of both rows of stitching. Remove basting.
That’s it! So easy! :) I hope you’ve enjoyed the quick project.
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