Friday, September 14, 2012

DIY Fleece Crib Rail Guard


diy crib rail guard


If you've ever been around a 10 month old baby, you know how much they like to chew on stuff, including their cribs. When Harry started chewing on his crib we put a rubber crib guard along the front so that he wouldn't ruin the wood and wouldn't ingest any of the varnish he might scrape off. It worked well for a while, but this is what it looks like now.


His little teeth are stronger than I thought! I've heard of parents using their regular crib bumpers along the top but ours is so puffy it doesn't lie flat and looked ridiculous when I tried it. So the other day I went to JoAnns and purchased a yard of fleece in hopes of coming up with the perfect solution. It was on sale and cost me just $5.50. This crib rail cover is so easy to make, no sewing required! Here's how I made it.

  • First I washed the fabric. I hung it up to dry and it was ready in about an hour.
  • I then measured the crib (ours is by Sorelle, but I bet most cribs will have similar measurements) and cut three pieces of fleece, one 15''x50'' and two 16''x26''. When you measure add about six inches to the width of the fabric for the ties.
  • Next I folded each piece of fleece "hot dog style" and cut ties three inches long and about an inch wide. If you've ever made a no-sew fleece blanket, this step will be very familiar to you!

  • Lastly I tied the guard on to his crib. I double knotted the ties to make sure Harry won't pull it off. I ended up keeping the rubber guard on the crib and just put the fleece on top of it- double protection! 
 
I love how it turned out... cute and functional. I didn't do the back of the crib because Harry isn't tall enough to chew on it and he spends all of his time walking around the other three sides. I would estimate you'd need a yard and a half to cover the entire crib.

Have a wonderful weekend!

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for the post!! I just noticed yesterday that my daughter has started chewing on her crib. Thank goodness it's not too bad yet! I knew an easy way to do it would be with fleece and tie it around but I wasn't sure exactly how to do it, so I googled it and found your blog!! Thank you!!!!

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  2. Glad it helped Lauren, thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. Does it have to be fleece?? Can any other material work?

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    1. I guess you could use whatever you want, but I think fleece would work the best. I like it because it's thick and won't fray like a lot of other fabrics. T-shirt fabric (jersey) could also work though, it doesn't fray either. If you do end up doing it with a different fabric, let me know, I'd love to hear how it turns out!

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  4. I just bought adorable monkey fleece material....this is going to be my project tonight. My son took to his crib like a beaver! Thank you for posting this!!!

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  5. Thank you for this post! I was looking for a pattern to sew a rail guard- but this is SO much easier! It's genius!

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    1. Glad I could help, thanks for letting me know! Hope yours turned out cute :)

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  6. My son ~Parker the Puppy~( since he chews and slobbers on everything!) has his crib a mess and doesn't have but one tooth that just broke though! I am going to attempt this on his and his twin brothers crib. I was wondering about different types of fabric too. Like maybe flannel, but like others said maybe it would fray. Thank you for posting this with simple step by step directions!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Mary! If you don't want to sew up the edges I would definitely recommend something like fleece or jersey (t-shirt fabric) since neither one will fray and offer adequate protection from teeth. Flannel will definitely fray, but you could use it. I would just use some Fray-Check along the edges or sew them up first.
      Good luck!

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