How to Make Bedding for a Moses Basket

    by Carole Ellis

    About the Author

    Carole Ellis began writing in 2004 for the "UGA Research Magazine." Her work has appeared in Growing Edge, Medscape and Doctors' Guide publications. In addition to medical coverage, Carole publishes a real estate newsletter called REJournalOnline and is the news editor for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter. She has a bachelor's degree in English and graduate work in creative writing and plant biology.


    A Moses basket enables you to keep your baby comfortable and nearby when he is small. These baby baskets may be treasured heirlooms or gifts from one mother to another, meaning that the existing bedding may need replacement. If you want to use the Moses basket with new bedding, make a replacement using materials you probably already have in your sewing basket.

    Things You'll Need

    • Large sheet of newsprint
    • Scissors
    • Tape measure
    • Fabric
    • Quilt batting
    • Needle
    • Thread
    • 3 yards grosgrain ribbon (3/8-inch wide)
    • Ironing board
    • Iron
    • 1/8-inch Elastic
    • Sewing machine

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    Make the fitted sheet pattern by tracing around the existing oval pad in the basket to make a pattern on newsprint. Add three inches around the tracing. Cut the oval from the newsprint to make the fitted sheet pattern.

    Create the bumper pad pattern. Measure the circumference and depth of the basket. Draw a long rectangle the same length as the circumference of the basket with a height that equals the depth of the basket, adding 1 inch to each side. Cut these from the newsprint to make the patterns.

    Cut out the pieces of fabric so you have one oval piece and two long rectangle pieces.

    Cut the quilt batting using the bumper pad measurements minus the additional inch.

    Sew the bumper pad by placing the two rectangles together, right sides facing each other. Stitch the top and both short sides of the rectangle together before turning it right-side-out. Do not sew the bottom yet.

    Insert the batting into the bumper pad through the unsewn bottom. Make sure it is lying flat. Stitch the bottom edge of the bumper by hand to enclose the batting in the bumper. This will produce a long bumper pad that will fit snugly around the interior of the Moses basket.

    Cut six ribbons each 18 inches long. Fold the ribbons in the middle and stitch along the fold. Sew the ribbons to the bumper about 1 inch from the top to produce two loose ends that you can use to tie around the top of the Moses basket to hold your bumper pad securely in place.

    Sew the elastic into the oval piece of fabric. Place the oval on the ironing board with wrong side facing up. Fold over 1/4 inch along the raw edge of the fabric and press the fold in place. Position the elastic around the edge of the oval, fold the fabric over it and pin the fabric in place. Sew around the elastic with a zigzag stitch to sew it in.

    Place the fitted oval sheet around the pad in the bottom of the basket with the elastic holding it in place. Insert the bumper pad around the inner edge of the basket and tie the ribbons around the upper rim.