I got all nostalgic when I set up my bassinet for Felicity, partly because it reminds me of when my first two daughters were infants but also because the cover I made for it was the first big sewing/slipcovering project I ever tackled. I thought I'd share in case anyone else out there is trying to figure out what to do with an old/hand-me-down bassinet.
It's a little wrinkled in this photo, and the sewing is far from perfect, but you get the idea. I did it in two pieces- basically a skirt and a basket liner- so that I could take off just the top piece to wash instead of having to wash the whole thing.
I made a second one as a gift for my sister when her son was born and figured out a better way to fit the skirt. The skirt is made of 4 rectangles of the primary fabric (the width of the 4 rectangles should equal the perimeter of the bassinet) with 4 rectangles of the secondary fabric as insets in the pleats at the corners. You could also just do the skirt in one fabric. I also added piping along the edges of the pleat openings on the skirt and ric rac trim along the hem of the basket liner. Anyway, when I made my sister's cover I stitched the pleats closed on 3 of the corners, but on the fourth corner I hid velcro tabs in the pleat to open and close the skirt.
Here is my first born in the bassinet almost 6 years ago:
fast forward 2 1/2 years to the same child looking in on her baby sister: