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. E 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. E’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! You may need to double knot the ties depending on the fabric your use for the ties.
** 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.**