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Baby Bumpers

Madie Jean is walking! It’s both beautiful and terrifying, partly because the little girls in our family are prone to falling on their faces. Literally ~ her Auntie Ashlee and I have matching scars under our chins to prove it.

The kids have a lovely fireplace in their living room. Enter Madie, and now it’s lovely, plus really hard and sharp. Not a good combination, so we cooked up a couple ideas for how to pad it when the time came. Of course, we were too busy playing with her to actually DO anything about it, so when it became obvious walking was close, I went to the drawing board again.

Turns out I know how to make padded things. Like quilts (yes, and hips). It also turns out I  have a lot of long strips of scrap batting. Who knew?

I loaded full width fabric for the front and back. Batting was two layers (one cotton and one wool). I quilted one repeat of a the “Diamonds are Forever” design, followed by a straight line of stitching. Next I inserted a bumper made from long narrow batting strips, all wrapped in a final layer. Another line of straight stitching, and 3 more repeats of the pantograph, and I was done.

It took a couple fittings to get it to match the profile on the fireplace. It’s fully reversible, and the other side blends perfectly with the color of the stone. Machine binding, then boxing the corners to keep it in place.

It’s kinda cool. Just ask Madie.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great idea! Its so fun when those quilty skills come in handy in applications like this! Good luck with the walking phase! 🙂

    October 15, 2013
  2. Mary Lou #

    That is a great idea!! That is why we have very curved coffee table, no sharp corners. Everything needs to be padded.

    October 15, 2013
  3. You’re awesome, but Madie might be cooler.

    October 15, 2013
  4. Incredible concept…sure beats chunky foam taped on corners!~!~! Can’t pad the whole world, but strategic quilting works!! Love seeing her cruising around the fireplace! Won’t be long until she decides to begin the climb!! My little granddaughter learned to walk in our old victorian house..and trust me…there were places we just could not baby proof, so we had LOTS of closed locked doors. (Had a time finding skeleton keys to lock rooms).

    October 16, 2013
  5. perfect!

    October 16, 2013

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