Save money and make your own cot bumper for baby's nursery. It is super quick and easy, we promise.
This lovely baby toy doubles up as a cot bumper and a floor toy to support your baby when he or she is out of the cot. Plain, unprinted fabric is best for all bedding, bumpers and inner linings.
You will need
- T-shirt fabric, or fabric with some stretch
- Felt for the eyes and tongue
- Sewing scissors
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- Measure the cot to determine the correct length for the bumper. The bumper should be at least 20cm high. This measurement will determine the width of the snake.
- Use one piece of fabric, or different fabrics, to create a straight snake. If you use different fabrics, make sure they have the same stretch to avoid some parts of the snake from appearing overstuffed.
- Cut the fabric on the same stretch line, so the snake stretches sideways and not lengthways.
- Sew the fabric pieces together, inside out, in a long tube.
- Cut a round shape on one end for the face and a pointed shape on the other end for the tail.
- Cut a felt tongue and position it inside the inside-out fabric, so that when you turn it the right way around, the tongue will be on the outside.
- Sew the face together and turn the snake outside in.
- Start stuffing the snake, making sure to do so evenly to avoid lumpy areas.
- Position the snake in the cot, arranging it at the head of the cot and down both sides as you would do with a cot bumper. Fold the snake into the corners of the cot.
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