I’ve been wanting to get this post up for awhile. Thankfully baby boy is on the mend and I had a few minutes to get this up. Yay!
My younger little stinker has two bottom teeth. Everett has also started to stand. Standing and teething mean he’s starting to use his bed as a chew toy. His crib does come with a plastic teething rail guard, but it really does nothing. It protects the top of the rail only. I figured I’d better fix that before he started eating paint chips. Seriously.
So, I made the little guy a teething rail cover for his crib. Chomp away little guy!
This is super simple.
1.5-2 yrds of fabric
Binding or Heat Sealed Ribbon (10″ pieces, number needed depends on your crib. I used 14 for one rail guard.)
1. Measure and cut your fabric and batting. Everett’s crib rail is roughly 53″ long. So I cut two strips 54″ long and 7″ wide. I then cut the batting 52″ by 6″. You can double up the batting if you’ve got a serious teether and want extra protection. I did.
2. Take both pieces of fabric and fold over 1/2″ on all four sides. Sew these down on all sides and make the corners square. A 1/4″ seam allowance should work just fine.
3. Sandwich your fabric, batting, and ribbon. The fabric should have the pattern facing out. Pin everything in place. I was lazy and didn’t sandwich my ribbon in the middle on all sides since I knew it was going to be on the underside and hidden.
4. Sew along the edges. I did a double seam because I like the look of it. I sewed a seam down the length of the rail guard so it would fold over a bit easier. The stitch length was a little too short for the thickness (hence the rippling). I was too lazy to get the seam ripper.
5. Tie the teething rail guard on securely and have a little peace of mind. Yay! No more paint chips or damaged wood!
** The reason I tie the teething guard to the sides, is to prevent it from twisting around. V’s used to twist and it drove me nuts.**