Can I confess something? I hate those Copy & Paste twin onesies. They make me very defensive in fact. The idea of introducing a child (even in jest!) as a "copy" of their sibling is kind of a dick move. Control Alt DELETE on that idea, I say. Anyway, I was thinking about this when putting together the nursery: the idea that even if the girls ARE in fact identical, that they will always have their own distinct colors. Thus? We went with two different exterior bumper fabrics, distinct in their differences and yet "cut from the same cloth" pattern-wise. (
We I take these things VERY seriously, you see.)
Crib A: Echino Madrigal in "Aqua"
Echino Rondo (Yellow) for inner-bumpers (A & B)
I chose the fabrics (with my mom) at our favorite fabric store, Maisonette (where the curtain fabric came from as well.) Even though there are four distinctly different fabrics happening in the room, they clash harmoniously (I think, anyway) because they all come from the same textile house of genius amazingness: Etsuko Furuya/Echino.
In the beginning, when we were trying to figure out fabrics (and MANY swatches were purchased, let me tell you) my mom thought it might be too much, mixing all four (very loud) fabrics in one such tiny nursery but everything turned out incredible. Really sunny and happy and gorgeous... I couldn't be happier. Thanks, mom!
Dig the bumpers? Here's how you can make your own:
1. First, you'll need a bumper pattern: My mom swears by the bumper pad pattern in Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones (purchased here, at Maisonette). ED: She made the girls' bumper pads without the pattern's called-for pockets. We both agreed there was no need. That rhymed.
2. Then, you'll need a PLAIN bumper pad to, well, pad your bumper. My mom purchased this one from Amazon. These particular bumpers actually come with their own pattern but WWW doesn't recommend using it. (WWW says: Go with the Amy Butler pattern and WWW knows best.)
3. Choose your fabrics! For the inside, we chose this fabric for (both) inner bumpers and for the outside, went with this and this (no longer available at Maisonette unfortunately.) Obviously, you can choose whatever fabric you want. I will recommend the Etsuko Furuya/Echino fabrics, regardless of their expense. Bedding is one of the few heirloom items in existence. And hell! You're saving shitloads of money by going DIY, you might as well just spend the extra ten bucks on something gorgeous. Come on and justify your (fabric) love!
ED: Here's a great resource to browse Etsy's selection of Echino fabrics, all of them BEYOND gorgeous.
4. Ready and... SEW! Each bumper ended up costing a grand total of $60. (Bumper pad = $22 & fabric = $18 a yard, one yard inside fabric + one yard outside fabric). The end result? Priceless:
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