I meant to write a blog post every week, but with a 7-month baby who recently learned to sit up on his own and started crawling everywhere, and who seems to love power cords and dirty slippers in particular, and refuses to take naps longer than 30 minutes, it’s hard to find time to sit down and type up something. To make matter worse, he is also learning to pull himself to a standing position and started chewing on the crib rail when he does. Everything happens in a matter of less than one month’s time.
To prevent further damage to the crib, I sew up a very simple crib rail guard over the weekend.
- 1 piece Outside Body
- 1 piece Inside Body
- 4 piece Outside Tabs
- 4 piece Inside Tabs
- 4 pieces Velcro
- Cotton batting (if using)
- Matching color threads
Seam allowance is 1/4″ all around
Step 1: Measure the crib. The side of my crib is 51″ long, and the rail is 5″ wrapping around both sides and the top, so the Body is 51 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. I didn’t have fabric that is long enough so I cut out two pieces of 26″ x 5 1/2″ and sew them together. If using cotton batting, cut one piece slightly smaller than the size of the Body (about 1/8″ shorter all around).
Step 2: Determine size of the tabs. The bottom of the crib rail is 1″ and my Velcro is 3/4″ wide, so my tabs are 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.
Step 3: Cut out Body and Tab pieces. I used flannel for outside and muslin for inside.
Step 4: Cut 4 pieces of Velcro to 1 1/2″ long. Sew the “loop” side of the Velcro to the Right side of the Inside Tab about 1/2″ from the edge.
Step 5: Lay Right side of Outside Tab and Inside Tab together, Sew around 3 sides (see red dotted line shown).
Step 6: Flip inside out and edge-stitch the last side (see red dotted line shown).
Step 7: Measure where to place the Velcro and sew the “hook” side of the Velcro on the Right side of the Outer Body along one of the long side, about 1/2″ from the edge.
Step 8: Sew the Tabs to the Right side of the Outer Body along the other long edge, lining up with the “loop” side of the Velcro, placed about 1″ from the edge (see red dotted line shown).
Step 9: Lay Right side of Outside Body and Inside Body together. Sew around 3 sides (both short sides and one long side). If using cotton batting, place it on the Wrong side of the Inside Body and sew all 3 layers together.
Step 10: Flip Body inside out. Iron a 1/4″ seam allowance on the un-sew side. Edge-stitch to close.
……and you’re done!
The tabs end up a little short so you can either sew the tabs closer to the edge, or make the tabs longer. Also, I may add a couple more tabs to make the rail cover more secured. If my instruction is unclear or incorrect, please feel free to leave me a comment.
Photos taken by Vean Chen