DIY – Crib rail protector

Jul 20, 2011 by


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When a woman finds out she is expecting her first child I would say it’s not too long after those two lines appear that they start to dream about the nursery that will house their tiny new miracle. You envision colors, furniture, look for just the right bedding, wash everything in baby detergent, arrange everything just so and eventually welcome your tiny miss or mister into their new home! Anywhere between 9 and 12 months that little miracle of yours learns how to pull up on the bars of their beautiful crib and eventually find that their wet, swollen gums find relief when they clamp their little mouths around the bar. Eventually that first little snaggle tooth pops through. But they continue to sprout more and more teeth and continue to gnaw on their crib rail until lo and behold you are left with a scratched, chipped crib rail to use for future babies. Is this just my kids? No? Well anyways, as much as I love my kids and I know that material things are never going to stay perfect I like to take care of the things that we have. Enter, the crib rail protector….

A few weeks ago a friend had a link on her Facebook wall about a homemade crib rail protector she found on Etsy and was wondering if someone could make something comparable. I looked at the pictures and thought, sure, I’ll try! So we chatted back and forth and I got some measurements from her along with the details of her crib bedding and I gave it a go! I made up my own”pattern” as I went and by some stroke of luck, it actually turned out! I loved it so much I decided to make some for my little dudes cribs!

*Disclaimer – I used a fabric that is hard to see right side and wrong side, I apologize for that! I am not a pro with our camera and so I know that some of the pictures are a little dark, I apologize for that also! Lastly, I don’t know if I’ll be able to explain this very clearly, so please bear with me!

You’ll need

fabric, batting (I used 80%), ribbon and a sewing machine

First you need to measure around your crib rail (diameter) and that is how wide you want your finished cover to be. My finished cover is just under 6 inches. So I used batting that was 7 inches wide (allow for seams) and fabric that was about 16 inches wide (it needs to fold over your batting and allow room for seams.)

Cut your ribbon to the length you want and then space them along your fabric, which should be folded in half with the wrong side facing OUT.

Once you have the ribbon where you want it you need to tuck it inside the folded fabric, and pin in place on the fold of the fabric.

Line one side of your batting up with the folded edge of your fabric and stitch along the edge making sure you are sewing the batting, both layers of fabric and the ribbon in.

When you open it up, it should look like this.

*This is where it gets hard to explain, don’t give up on me yet!*

Now, line up another piece of ribbon opposite your already sewn ribbon and pin it in place making sure that the tail of the ribbon is going to be tucked in while you sew, that way when you turn the whole thing right side out, your ribbons will be on the outside, not the inside! Then fold your fabric and batting back up and re-pin in place.

At this point you should not see ribbon, it should be tucked inside the fabric “pouch.”  Make sure that all pieces of ribbon are tucked down towards the already sewn edge of your cover so you don’t catch them in your seam as you are sewing.

(Front of “pouch”)

(Back of “pouch”)

Now, this time sew with the batting side up to make sure that you are catching just the edge of it in your seam.

It will look like this when finished. Trim the excess fabric off the long side.

Sew up one end of your cover while it is still inside out and trim the excess.

Now on, the opposite end from what you just sewed shut you should be able to open between the two layers of fabric, reach in and pull it right side out.

Ta-da!!! An *almost* finished cover!

Now sew up your unfinished edge either by hand or on your machine.

Trim the ends of your ribbon and burn them so they won’t fray.

Tie your finished cover to your crib!!!

Depending on the style of your crib you could go wild and crazy and make one for every edge. I will more than likely make one for the other long side of our crib since it is the same height as the front and my teething baby probably won’t discriminate between the front and the back for his teething needs :-)

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