How To: Repurpose Crib Bumpers

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The other day, Ohdeedoh reader Pencils asked a good question in the comments section of this post:

When are manufacturers going to stop selling their bedding only in sets that contain bumpers? I have to think that their sales are already affected. I didn't buy a set for my new daughter, when a few years ago I probably would have. All I wanted was a sheet, crib skirt, and possibly curtains.

Well, we don't have an answer to that question, but it got us thinking about taking unused crib bumpers and using them in other ways. So we did some digging and rounded up some ideas that might help you finally rationalize your purchase of that cute crib set you've had your eye on.The readers at Thrifty Fun asked themselves the same question and came up with several suggestions. Our favorites:

"Recover the foam with other adult prints and take them to nursing homes they make great bedrail guards for those that thrash and bump their legs and arms and helps prevent bedwounds and bruising that can be painful for the elderly."

"Cut them down, fill them with rice and herbs or essential oils, and make some heat packs. Great for helping children off to sleep or keeping little feet warm or, with the right herbs, helping with a chest cold."

"They could be cut into even lengths and the lengths sewn together as a lightweight blanket or portable changing pad."

"Use the bumpers as "trim" on things like laundry baskets, storage bins or diaper pails in the nursery. Since they are part of your set, they will coordinate the entire room for a "designer" look. Don't forget to save some of the bumper for a valance over the window!" (See Evan's nursery tour for an example of a bumper-to-valance conversion.)

"Why not take a solid color fabric that matches the print best and along the pads, running horizontally, sew on little pockets to house small toys, stuffed animals, shoes, pictures, anything that will look cute in the pockets. Hang the whole pad on the wall. Just make your pockets are the same size and spread them out the same distance along the pad."

"How about simple, small stuffed animals? They'd be easy to cut and sew -- think of a cookie cutter teddy fish or gingerbread man, just larger. Stitch seam binding around the edges."

"Line big baskets with them and use the baskets as toy catchers or organizers."

Now that you've read these ideas, have they stoked your inspiration? Can you think of any creative projects to add? And if you try any of these ideas, send us photos!

(Image: Miss Ladybug's Garden bedding set from Baby Gap Home)

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