Saturday

Quick Bassinet Cover Tutorial

So, a few people have asked about a tutorial for my bassinet cover. While I don't have step by step photos, I will give you a general idea of how I did it. Here is the photo as a refresher for what it looks like:
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I started by measuring my bassinet. I don't know how much difference there might be between brands and styles, so I suggest that you measure yours before cutting any fabric.

There are 5 basic parts to the cover: bottom, long side, short side, band, and skirt. The bottom goes at the bottom of the bassinet, the mattress goes on top of it. The long and short sides are the interior sides of the bassinet. If your bassinet is rectangular, you have 2 long sides and 2 short sides. The band fits closely over the top outer edge of the bassinet. And the skirt is the rest of the outside, with the ruffle at the top and hem at the bottom.
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Here are the measurements of my fabric for each piece, with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. My bassinet is sightly oval shaped, and the vertical sides flare out a little, which is why I have rounded corners on the bottom piece and trapezoid shape on the short side pieces. The band is made from 2 strips that are 4.5x44 inches. The skirt is made from 3 pieces that are 26x44 inches (my fabric was 44 inches wide).

I started by sewing together the long and short sides. Then I sewed it to the bottom piece. This makes a little basket kind of shape. I sewed together the 2 band strips into a loop, then sewed that to the top of the side pieces.

I did the skirt last. I sewed the 26 inch sides together first. Then basted the top edge (for the ruffle). Make the ruffle, pin it to the band, and sew it in place. Last make the hem. I made mine about 24 inches from the band to the ground, and it doesn't quite touch the ground. If you want it to reach all the way to the ground, hem accordingly.

I hope that makes some sort of sense, I'm not good at making patterns or tutorials.

14 comments:

Aslynn said...

My bassinet is the same style, how many yards of fabric did you use?

Desiree P said...

Ashlynn, I'm pretty sure I got about 2.5 yards of the outer fabric, but I know I didn't use all of it. The inner fabric was just over a yard I think.

David said...

These are the easiest instructions I have found. Great job on this tutorial. Thanks for including pictures!!!

Máirín said...

Thanks for the super-helpful tutorial! I had to adjust a bit because my bassinet is a bit wider and longer, but it was totally do-able. I would have been too confused and overwhelmed without your instructions to even try :)

I added some embellishments for my little girl, but this is what I came up with:

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/206818_801338708816_1744495824_n.jpg

Anonymous said...

Wondering what kind of fabric you use?

Desiree P said...

I just used regular cotton fabric.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I am going to try and make this for my first granddaughter!

Anonymous said...

I just finished the bassinet cover. Many thanks for the pattern and instructions. Lots of stitching, but mine does look like it's supposed to look!

I don't have an actual bassinet to try it on, but our daughter is expecting our first grandchild and requested that I try to make a bassinet cover. She has lots of confidence in me and luckily I found your instructions.

Anonymous said...

This looks so easy to make, just wondering if it has a actually bassinet there & can this be made for 1's that only have the just the frame please

Desiree P said...

This was a real wicker style bassinet, I don't know anything about something that is just a frame.

Dianavette Orsini said...

What are the measurements for the 2 short sides? I love the pattern.

Tammy Meaders said...

I followed your directions and they were perfect. You made a project I was actually dreading a happy project. First time making one of these and I was a little scared it wouldn't turn out right. I was a huge success. Thank you for taking the time to share!
Tammy Meaders

Anonymous said...

Excellent tutorial! Thanks for the help. My grand daughter has a new bassinet cover fit for the princess she is.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for saving me - my sister asked me to make a cover for my great nephew, arriving later this week hopefully. I had the Burda pattern, which I could make no sense out of whatsoever. I was in tears, then used her measurements and your instructions. It is done - and I am grateful.