Remember my new crib bumper sewing tutorial from a week or so ago? Michael Miller Lagoon and Groovy Guitar fabric? In that I told you to leave about a 12″ opening along the bottom of each panel to insert the bumper pad into and then hand sew the opening closed.
I tried putting a zipper into the last panel, the one that I hadn’t gotten around to hand sewing closed yet. It worked like a charm, and if the pads are only zippered inside you can remove them to wash the cover or switch back and forth between covers without wearing out the pads or having to buy new ones!
The trickiest part about sewing a zipper in is that on the second side you sew you have to leave it all the way open the whole time. So you can’t move the zipper pull out of the way, you just have to sew past it at the very end (or beginning…). Not impossible, but a little awkward.
I will probably undo my hand stitching and put zippers in the 5 other panels, I love it so much. But maybe not until it’s time to wash it for the first time…