Eli is now old enough to pull himself to a standing position in the crib…which means he is now old enough to start chewing on the crib’s edges. Since the crib was my dad’s, mine and my sister’s, I’d prefer not to have him chewing up the pretty edges.
Thanks to Julie at The Logger’s Wife, I was inspired to create a cover for the crib edges. While I like to sew, the cover I made doesn’t require any sewing, so it’s quick and easy. All it takes is a few scraps of fleece fabric.
- Measuring tape
- Fleece fabric
Measure each crib rail from end to end. This will be the length of your four fabric pieces. I’m assuming you have two long edges and two short edges, so you’ll have two short fabric pieces and two longer ones.
Measure the width of your fabric pieces by holding one edge of your measuring tape four inches below one of the crib’s rails, then looping it over the rail to extend four inches below the rail on the other side. This is the width of your fabric rectangles.
Cut your fabric rectangles.
Choose one side and lay the corresponding fabric rectangle over the crib edges so that the fabric hangs down past the rails by about four inches on each side.
Cut the fabric along the vertical rails so that you have 1/2-inch wide strips next to each rail. (Depending on the spacing between your crib’s rails, you may have a wider strip in between your 1/2-inch strips. Don’t worry about this for now.)
Tie the 1/2-inch strips together into knots under the top rails. This should create a snug cover for your top rails.
Trim the wider strips that are still hanging down by cutting them off at the knot.
Repeat these steps for the remainder of the crib edges.
As you can see, Eli “helped” with this project. He wasn’t a big fan of it at first, but he got happier as we went along.