Today I will share a project that was born out of necessity but ended up being just what the doctor ordered! A homemade, super duper, easy peasy crib rail guard.
One morning, I woke up to find my son gnawing on his crib rail. His mouth was covered in little flecks of dark brown varnish. He had just started teething and standing, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but I was completely unprepared. As quickly as I could, I called around to see if there was a crib rail guard close by, but there wasn’t a single one I could find within 5 miles. If I had an iota of forethought, I could have anticipated I would need one and ordered it. But the time for planning had past. I had to do something by nap time.
The rail guard I made for my son lasted forever, absorbed tons of drool, protected the rail, and was easy to wash. When my daughter started to teeth, I knew I would be remaking the same type of guard.
For my son’s guard, I found a few older towels and got to sewing. I sewed all of the towels together by their short ends and made a long towel strip. I folded that strip in two sewed it into a long towel tube. I then wrapped the tube over the rail, so two layers of towel covered the rail and I secured it by threading ribbon through holes I cut in the towels. Sound confusing? It’s super simple. But explaining it always gets convoluted. Let me show you…
For Lil’E’s guard, I didn’t have any extra towels. If I did have an old blanket, towels, quilt, etc. I would have used that. Instead, I did some quick measurements and bought two cheapo fleece throws at our local big box store. They were on sale and I had a coupon, so I think they ended up being about 16 dollars total. If you think that is expensive, just remember I live in Alaska.
The total length of the rail I needed to cover was almost exactly the size of the two blankets, end to end. If you are going to do this with random linens, just be sure to measure first. The total length of the linens, minus seam allowances should be the length of the crib rail. The width should be four times the height of the crib rail plus about eight inches, depending on the style of your rail.
I cut one blanket in two just so I wouldn’t have a seam right in the middle of the front piece of the crib. By sewing two seams, the seams ended up at the corners of her crib.
I sewed the two halves to the whole blanket, right sides together, at the short sides. This made one loooooong blanket. Here is a poorly drawn picture to further illustrate this incredibly easy, but oh-so-hard-to-explain rail guard.
Then I folded the whole thing in half lengthwise and sewed it, right sides together, into a blanket tube.
I turned it right side out and wrapped the rail with it. If Lil’E had a crib with a thinner rail, I would have probably made the whole thing thinner. But, she has a crib with a fancy, thick front rail and I wanted to cover the whole thing.
Moving on. I used some coordinating yarn to tie it on.
If you want, you could use grommets or make button holes or some such fancy thing. I just used scissors to stab holes through all four layers of blanket and threaded the yarn through and tied it under the blanket.
I just cut holes through the first one I made and it lasted over two years without issues, even after multiple washes.
To ensure choking wasn’t possible, I used short pieces of yarn and tied very secure knots. No fancy bows or draping ribbon, please.
I hope you weren’t put off by the really horrible drawings. If you have any questions, just ask. Enjoy!!!
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