She’s Crafty! DIY Crib Rail Guard Tutorial

Greetings! I posted this tutorial 2.5 years ago, and it’s still one of my most popular posts. If you’re visiting today, chances are you’re coming from Pinterest, so hi Pinners! You can find me on Pinterest here. If you make one of these and post a picture, please let me know so I can pin it or re-pin it. I’d love to see it. 

The pictures in the tutorial below are for the first crib rail guard I made for my son. I made another last year for my daughter, along with everything else I made for her nursery:

Now, onto the tutorial…

Not only do I make people, but I also make things that keep those people from turning their gorgeous convertible crib that I once envisioned gracing children’s rooms and guest rooms for decades to come (HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHA!!  My ignorance and naivety…oooh!  It’s so funny!) into chomped up little bits suitable for sturdy beaver dams.

After discovering several dozen notches scratched into the top of Kendall’s crib a while back, I began looking for things to not only prevent him from ingesting polyurethane and other lovely chemicals, but also to preserve what is left of the once beautiful crib.  I found the stick on plastic and rubber guards, but those, I felt, would make the crib look worse and leave behind a sticky residue.  Then I saw a few cloth teething guards listed on sites like Etsy.  I was contemplating shelling out the $30 for one of my own and realized that they looked incredibly easy to make.  After a lot of digging around on Google, I never really turned up a tutorial that showed me exactly what I wanted to make, so I winged it.  That says a lot considering I just got a sewing machine for Christmas and have only ever made a couple nursing covers, thanks to this blog.

So, without further rambling, I present to you my haphazard tutorial on how to whip up one of these puppies.  However, let me state for the record that I am no sewing expert!!  My stitches aren’t straight and I wasted a ton of fabric because I got the measurements wrong the first time around, but here’s the final product.

 

It’s actually three separate pieces, so I’m only going to spell out how to do one.  I’m sure you all can figure the rest out from there, based on your own crib measurements.

Materials: (this is enough to make all three pieces)
3 yards of fabric (I chose three contrasting fabrics)
1 yard of single face quilted fabric

1. Measure the length of the side of the crib you are making the cover for from inside corner to inside corner.  Add 2 inches to this measurement for your length.  I decided to make mine 9 inches wide, but I have a pretty fat crib rail.  If you’d like to customize your own width, just take your tape measure and wrap it around the crib rail until it tightly touches underneath, then add 2 inches to this measurement.  So, for example, I cut my fabric to 53″ x 11″ for the front guard.

Now, I did have to do some additional math since I decided to make that front guard out of three pieces of fabric instead of just one.  If you’d like to do something similar, just make sure that you account for the seams when you cut the fabric and add an extra half inch where each piece will meet.  ( I really hope all this is making sense.  Damn.   I knew I should have written this before the glass and a half of wine.)

2.  Cut your quilted fabric to the exact width you want your final measurement to be.  Since you only have a yard of this, you are going to have to sew together two pieces for the long guard.  Again, make sure  you account for seams when you cut the two pieces.  My final quilted piece ended up being exactly 51″ x 9″.

3. Lay your decorative fabric strip face down, fold up the sides half an inch and press with an iron, starting with the long sides first, followed by short sides.

4. Center the quilted fabric, right side up on top of the decorative fabric.  Then fold the decorative fabric half an inch over the quilted fabric, press and pin.

 

5. Make your ties.  For the long guard, I made bows that tied the guard together at 5 spots (either end around the corner posts and three down the middle).  Each bow needs two long strips of fabric, one on each side of the guard matched up.  I cut the corner ties (4) 3″ x 20″ and the middle ones (6) 3″ x 10″.  Then I folded each in half lengthwise, pressed them, stitched down the long side and one short side, and turned right side out. (This was, by far, the biggest PITA.  Grosgrain ribbon would probably work well and be easier, but it’s much more expensive than a yard of fabric.)

6. Place your ties for the bows.  Since all cribs are different, I’m not going to bother with telling you exactly where I placed my ties for the bows.  I just took the raw guard and placed it over the crib, then marked with some pins where I wanted each bow to tie so that it would be centered between the crib rails.

7. Lay your raw gaurd piece back face down and place each tie where you marked, making sure it’s up all the way underneath the edge of the folded seam over the quilted fabric.

 

8. Straight stitch around the entire guard at the edge of the folded seam closest to the exposed quited fabric.  Then fold the ties back and stitch again all the way around, this time closest to the outer edge.  I also reinforced each tie by back-stitching over each one.

9. Place over your crib rail, double knot it and tie it up.  Note- these ties are long, but I made them that way so that I could double knot them and, on the corners, double wrap them around the posts.  If the length makes you leery, you could certainly shorten them.

10. Repeat the same steps with adjusted measurements for the other two gaurds.  Here’s another look.

 

Hope that makes sense!  Again, I’m by no means saying this is the best way to do this, just what I figured out on my own.  If you are a sewing goddess, feel free to chime in with tweaks and tips!  I do think it turned out pretty cute.  Kendall likes to chew on it.

Kendall is 9 months and 1 week old

  • Upstatemomof3 - Those are really cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - I agree, very cute. I might give them a try.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy H. - That’s awesome! Nice work. I’m a little scared of my sewing machine, but maybe someday I’ll give this a try. You know… in a few years.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Those turned out great. I am going to have to look for some cute fabric to coordinate with our crib set and make these. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney Smith - Thanks for the idea! That’s so cute! I too, am dismayed at all the teeth marks in my daughter’s beautiful dark wood crib!!! I plan on whipping one up now!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Ohmygosh! I LOVE it! The colors, the idea, everything! So, so cute! I also love your crib and since we’re in the market now, I must ask what brand/style it is. It looks like the one I want…and OF COURSE plan to use in a future guest room! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Edna - Great Job. You should have taken my classes in high school.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I love it! Now, if only I owned a sewing machine…ReplyCancel

  • Amber06 - I love it! Brock has started chewing his crib too, I should make this!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Great job on the rail protection. One (more) quick CD question. You said you prefer BG 3.0 pockets…do you get the one size or specific sizes as he grows? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - This is genius and I’m so excited about getting one made for our crib!! Speaking of which your crib looks identical to the one we just ordered and setup for our DC. Is it the Baby Cache Tampa crib?ReplyCancel

  • Babyrabies - Thank you!

    Melissa, the crib is made by Baby Cache and I believe the style is called the Tampa Lifetime Crib. We purchased it at Babies R Us.

    Edna, I really should have. It pains me to think how much $$ I could have saved so far.

    Amy, we use the BGs that are one size fits most (the ones with the snaps in the front).ReplyCancel

  • Megan - I wonder if you could do a no-sew version with that iron on tape and velcro? I might have to experiment!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Just wanted to let you know I fell upon your blog via a post on the Bump a few weeks ago, and I am forever grateful for the wealth of information and entertainment you provide.

    Your blog is the main reason we’ve decided to cloth diaper, and your sense of humor and sarcasm sold my hubby on the idea.

    And I just know my mom is going to go nuts over this crib bumper post. Christmas is 10 months away, and I’m confident I know there will be a homemade gift from gramma under our tree.

    I look forward to continuing to take total advantage of your experiences (good & bad) and advice as Kendall grows up a year and a bit ahead of our little one.

    Thanks so much from a first-time mom-to-be from central Pennsylvania!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle - Just finished making the crib rail cover for the front rail and wanted to say thanks SO much. I just found this page by google-ing “Crib Rail Cover Tutorial” for a couple weeks and yours finally appeared – it’s the cutest one I’ve seen and it was free!

    So as a very beginning seamstress ( I have sewed 2 other things in my entire life). I literally just took my new sewing machine out of the box and had to read the instructions for how to make a bobbin and thread my machine! Still being new to all this and my rail cover looks adorable. I’m so proud of myself and it’s all thanks to you!

    A word of caution to the inexperienced, like me. It should be obvious, but for me it wasn’t – when sewing the ties (step 5) make should you fold them in half and press them with the right side in. I pressed all mine and sewed the first before realizing that I’m an idiot. So I had to pull it out and re-press them all.

    Once I get the two side rails done (aka tomorrow) I can send you a pic if you’d like!

    Thanks so much for your help!ReplyCancel

  • Babyrabies - Elizabeth, I’m so glad you are enjoying the read, and congrats on your pregnancy!

    Rochelle, that’s great that it was easy enough to follow! Thanks for letting me know. And, that an excellent thing to point out about the ties. I’ll have to go back in and add that. I’d love to see your final product.ReplyCancel

  • pamale - I am in need of a bumper guard for my grandsons bed. He is 4 months old and starting to move alot. I know that bumper gaurds are unsafe with fear of suffication. I see that you have one that is flat and intertwinned with the spindels. How did you make it and what kind of fabric did you use. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Babyrabies - Pamale, I can’t take credit for that bumper. I actually bought it at Babies R’ Us. It’s called a breathable bumper and I LOVE it. We replaced the other bumper with it after we discovered that Kendall likes to sleep with his face mushed up in the corner. Here is a link to the one on their website – http://www.toysrus.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=breathable%20bumper&origkw=breathable%20bumper&f=Taxonomy/TRUS/2255957&sr=1

    I know they also carry them in their stores. I hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Very cute! I think I had better send this on to my mom – she can add it to her project list. :)ReplyCancel

  • John Egan - For those of us not so crafty – check out the Trend Lab CribWrap Rail Guard at http://www.babiesrus.com. Also has matching side rails.

    Just received ours, super soft fleece fabric and compliments our fashionable bedding.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Hi, I just wanted to say, thanks for posting these instructions. I was able to make mine with no problems. However, I thought I would offer a helpful hint, which was a HUGE timesaver for me.

    Instead of sewing the 3″ ribbon, I got 1″ ribbed ribbon, and just burned the ends with a lighter. It cut down a LOT of time. Much easier!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Don’t mean to be rude, but it’s “leery”, not “leary”.ReplyCancel

  • Babyrabies - Oh, thank you, Anonymous! I find it funny that you had to remain anonymous for this. I am not a master of spelling or grammar, never have been. I’m sure this whole blog is peppered with misspellings, not to be mistaken with Tori Spelling. Definitely noted… leery, not leary.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Mommy - I had this problem too. Here’s a totally sew free solution….

    http://www.askmissmommy.com/search/label/My%20little%20crib%20chewerReplyCancel

  • Tutorial: Fabric guard for crib rails · Sewing @ CraftGossip - [...] Find out how to make this crib rail guard with this tutorial from Jill at Baby Rabies.  The padded fabric covering will keep baby from chewing up the wood crib rails.  It will keep the chemicals out of baby’s mouth and will keep the wood from getting little teeth marks all in it.  Go to the tutorial. [...]ReplyCancel

    • Alina - i wanted to know if there ir a way to see pictures how to make crib rails step by step, i was not able to see, the only picture i saw is already done crib rail.ReplyCancel

      • Jill - Hmmm.. Sorry about that. Maybe try looking at the post from a different computer. There are definitely a lot of step by step pictures.ReplyCancel

        • Andrea - I also cannot view the pictures! :( Very sad. I tried opening your website through a different browser and even opened it on my phone with no luck. I would really like to make these but I’m afraid I won’t know what I’m doing without the pictures.

        • Jill - I fixed it! I have no idea what happened, but I just re-uploaded them. SO sorry about that!

      • Jill - Hey! I just fixed the issue. You should be able to see them now. So sorry about that.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Weaver - Brilliant!!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-fabric-guard-for-crib-rails/2009/06/15/
    –AnneReplyCancel

  • Crystal - So Cute and functional. I think our crib needs one of these! Also I love the fabric you used.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara - Great tutorial. I’ve been meaning to make some (figure them out on my own) for my daughter’s crib. She’s chewed the paint off of one side rails really good already!

    Maybe I’ll be motivated to finish, and using this tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • carin - wauw! i have 3 boy, the oldest two were crib-eaters and the third has a hunger for his crib also!
    so in order to save the crib for my future grandchildren, i will start sewing this evening!
    thanks, idea of the year!
    greetings from hollandReplyCancel

  • TracyMomof1 - How much grossgrain ribbon would be necessary to complete this project?? I want to make the bumper for all 3 sides. The front is much fatter with a rail that is rounded b/c I have a sleigh styled crib. This is going to be my first real sewing project, and the ribbon will be much easier than using fabric. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - Thank you so much for the tutorial! I am off to buy some quilted fabric….ReplyCancel

  • Organic baby furniture - Thanks for the information. We’ve been looking into crib bumpers … trying to figure out best practices.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Austin - Thanks for the instructions! I made some today, and I linked to this post in my blog.ReplyCancel

  • priscilla - my mother-in-law is making one of these for my little girl’s crib. just an idea for making it match the bedding: we quit using the bed skirt when we lowered her mattress, so she’s making the rail guards out of that. i’m super excited and so glad i have a crafty MIL.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Priscilla, I am so glad you mentioned that your mom-in-law is using the old bed skirt! What a fabulous idea and way to save money. We do not use ours anymore either. Actually, we do not even use our bumpers that came with the set so I could always go that route. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - I made one today, it is awesome. Thank you so much. This was a huge help. I didn’t have the guts to tackle this until I read how you did it. Great Job, thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Stevenson - Great work by you, I personally work a lot of sewing machine and really appreciate the way you presented it, keep it up.ReplyCancel

  • Jacklyn - This was SO easy! Thanks to your directions and a 10 month old willing to keep herself content for an hour, my crib is now safe from my little termite :)ReplyCancel

  • rebekah - just made this. east peesy instructions. looks great! my girlfriends are jelous :)ReplyCancel

  • Marie - I became a grandmother a month ago to an adorable grandson. I was going to figure out a way to cover those railings when I came across your site. Being a long-time experienced quilter with lots of supplies, instead of buying the quilted fabric, I will make my own with the batting that I have. Just put the batting and one piece of fabric together (wrong side of fabric facing batting) and stitch some straight lines maybe one to two inches apart.

    To make the ties easier, take long strips of fabric (maybe l 1/2 inches wide); bring each long raw edge of the strip to the center and press each time. Then fold the long strip in half bringing two folded edges together, press again. Bring strip to the machine and sew the two folded edges together. Cut to desired length and finish by turning one end (the other will be in the binding)over twice about 1/4 to 1/2 inch each time. Stitch the turned end down by machine. This will make a nice tie with little trouble. Since I haven’t made the set yet, I cannot give you instructions with exact measurements, but it should be easy to figure out. Make a sample tie if in doubt, then go from there.

    I am looking forward to making these very nice covers once I take the crib measurements. Thanks for the instructions.ReplyCancel

    • Jill - That’s a great idea on the ties! Thank you so much for sharing. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - I forgot to mention in comment #40 that all new fabrics contain chemicals. I noticed that there are some new sewers in these comments. If you did not prewash your fabrics, you should give your finished project a machine wash using a very gentle or hand-wash cycle with lukewarm water. All quilts should be washed gently. Since we are dealing with long and narrow covers, it might be best to put them into a large pillowcase and use safety pins to close. Doing this will avoid a lot of pulling on these covers and the ties by the agitator. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

  • HereWeGoAJen - I decided to make my own too and used this tutorial as a starting place. For mine, I used snaps instead of ties, for an “invisible” look and I used an old beach towel instead of quilt batting. You can see pictures of it here, if you are interested. http://jenniferelaineg.blogspot.com/2010/01/elizabeths-bedroom.html

    And I made a closet rod extender to match, if anyone is interested in that. http://jenniferelaineg.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-make-closet-rod-extender.htmlReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Can’t wait to try this… 13 month old Daughter o’ mine has been inspiring me to figure out my sewing machine. It’s fun to read your blog and those that comment who are pretty much at my sewing proficiency level…. that being, “well, I’ll just figure it out!” Thanks a BUNCH.ReplyCancel

  • mary - Thank you so much for this idea!! My 9 month old grandson, ie the BEAVER, is literally eating his very expensive crib! Mom actually pulled 1 1″ shard of wood out of his mouth! We covered the rails with duct tape, but this idea is wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - I love this! I am in the market for crib rail covers. Ben is currently chewing 2 of the 3 rails but I can’t see spending 50 bucks on fabric rail covers when I can easily make it myself. THANK YOU for your blog! I will be making this Thursday!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Additional information. I made my crib rail cover today with buttons instead of ties. It looks wonderful. A word of caution!!! If you have wider side rails than the front rail add additional fabric!!!! My side rails do not look as good as the front, I will be redoing them soon. :) Thanks so much for the blog though. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - YAY!! I’m making these today (well, just one for now) and I’m using the Stitch Witchery Iron No-Sew stuff. I will post pictures and a link to this blog on my blog!

    My DIY Nursery is nearly finished, and I will be publishing it soon on my blog, too. I didn’t sew a single stitch!ReplyCancel

  • Celena - This is great, I’m wanting to make one for my daughters front rail… however, my issue is that my side rails aren’t straight across like the front. They have a slight curve up and then straight back for the last few inches. (Simplicity Ellis crib) Any ideas how to make it fit well back there? I’m thinking I’ll have to cut 2 pieces and make a seam along the top of the rail…?ReplyCancel

    • Patricia - Celena,

      I have the same issue. I made the front and will be working on the sides tomorrow (nap time permitting:)) I was just going to make it a little long and see if that works. Will let you know if I have any issues. Please let me know if you find a fix.
      PatriciaReplyCancel

  • Patricia - Thanks so much for the instructions. I just got done making the long side of the crib. Instructions are great. 1 side down 2 to go. Thanks. So much better than spending the money to get one already made and so much nicer!ReplyCancel

  • Siam - You convinced me to sew one of these with the first few sentences in your description. I, too, got a sewing machine for Christmas and have only sewn a few nursing covers! I can’t wait to get this made before my 6 month old figures out that he is strong enough to pull himself up!! Thanks for the directions! :)ReplyCancel

  • Madyrock - Does anyone know what to use to make it waterproof on the backside? My daughter will suck on things till they are sopping wet so I know that this will probably be no different. I’m afraid of her soaking it, and then the guard sitting against the wood causing damage from the moisture.

    Thanks in advance!!!ReplyCancel

    • Jill - Hmmm… What about some PUL? It’s the same stuff outer shells of cloth diaper and diaper covers are made of. You can order it online. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - for waterproofing…Joann’s sells flannel backed “rubber” (it isn’t rubber now…was when my kids were little). It is the same fabric that is used for diaper pads you’d put in the baby’s crib. It comes in a 60″ roll so it is generally along the back wall of any Joann’s store. Thanks for the idea, I’m about to make these for my granddaughter’s crib.ReplyCancel

  • LCW - I just made this tonight, because even though I know my daughter was standing in the crib, it wasn’t often and I didnt think she was chewing it, until today!! I saw little marks. So I whipped this up, and it’s perfect. I’m so glad I over bought the fabric I used to make her cradle bumper, curtains and crib skirt. Everything matches!!ReplyCancel

  • Letha C. - I really wish I would have thought to seek a tutorial to make one. Instead I bought the plastic ones (supposedly BPA free) but my daughter figured out how to take them off! She’s now older and doesn’t chew on them. My best friend is having a baby soon though, and this will make for a GREAT gift. Thanks for sharing!

    And for the waterproofing question, you could iron on vinyl or PUL, which they now sell at Joann’s!ReplyCancel

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  • Betsy - Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’m going out to buy the supplies now!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - I’m about to start this! Thank you for the post. It’s been very helpful. Hopefully mine goes as well as yours. Especially since I don’t have a sewing machine! :-O

    Thanks!
    :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I just love this idea cause I hate paying shipping and handling for something I could just go get the materials and make myself. HOW CRAFTY!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Just came across this and thanks! I’m new to sewing but plan to go out and get the materials for this tomorrow.

    I had a questions about my you 3 yards of the decorating fabric and only 1 of the quilted?

    Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - I just made this fort sons crib using three different printed fabrics! It is a simple pattern, very versatile and will save you alot of money that you would need to spend repairing your crib. I plan to make a set for all my friends with new babys!ReplyCancel

  • Lorie - This has been saved in my bookmarks for a while and I finally went to Joann’s tonight and bought the fabric – can’t wait to make em! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Thanks for the tutorial! I am a beginner sewer, but was able to make this using your instructions. Based on one of the comments, instead of a quilted fabric, I used the fabric with rubber on the inside, then used cuter fabric for the top part of the cover that you see. I’m happy with the results. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Great tutorial, thanks so much for sharing! I made one of these for my little guy. Just need to work on the side rail guards next. I linked to you at http://tysonandmiles.blogspot.com/2011/01/crib-rail-guard.html.

    Have a great day!
    SarahReplyCancel

  • jennifer - Just a little tweak/suggestion to make this easier (I sew a lot and this is so much simpler than all that pressing for the edges). If you pin the RIGHT sides of the pretty fabric and the batting together and stitch all the way around the edge, leaving a small gap in one edge to turn the fabric right side out, this would be a lot simpler. After you turn it, press and handstitch the opening closed. If you take your ties and match up the raw edges with the raw edges of the fabric (with the ties facing the middle, be careful not to catch them while you stitch the outside), you can baste them in place (think non permanent stitches if you aren’t familiar with the term) and then stitch the top and bottom together, encasing that edge a little more and making them come out right at the bottom of the fabric rather that sticking out the way you designed. All in all, a great tutorial, but make your life easier! Hope this all makes sense. tough without a picture, I know…ReplyCancel

    • Jill - Awesome!! Thank you so much for taking the time to explain that. I will try that way next time.ReplyCancel

    • Elise - Jennifer did you still ad the extra two inches to width and length of decorative fabric? Or just an extra inch to both decorative fabric and quitling to cover for seams?ReplyCancel

      • Jennifer - You will still need a seam allowance, so 1″ would be plenty so you have an even 1/2″ seam on all sides. Also, before turning right side out, cut the extra fabric out of the corners. You can find examples on my blog at jennisjusttryingtomakeit.blogspot.com if you don’t understand any of my directions :) I don’t have this project listed obviously, but others with similar steps.ReplyCancel

  • eva - Like you, I also could not see myself spending money on something that I can make myself. In my case I would have had to shell out for two cribs. Thank you for this post.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - Thanks for the tutorial! I have 16M old twins who JUST started chomping on their cribs. I didn’t like the damage plastic guards impose to the crib itself and the cloth ones were ridiculously expensive, especially when you have to cover 2 cribs. I made these for $10 a piece, made 4 long rails. Our short rails are to high for them to reach, so I didn’t cover those. I like the use of the pre-quilted backing. I used 2yds of fabric & 2yds of quilted backing, I didn’t want to have to piece it together. Due to time constraints, the simpler the better :) I did alter the directions slightly and did more along the lines of what “Jennifer” suggested. Turned out great! Thanks for the start!ReplyCancel

  • Madeleine Booth-Smits - hi, thanks for this tut I made one last night for my little man. I’ve linked your tut on my blog. Please check this out on: http://nzecochick.blogspot.com/2011/08/cloth-cot-rail-cover.html
    Thanks heaps. Kind regards, Madeleine.ReplyCancel

  • Penny - Have a stupid question..I am making four sets for friends of our that have quads…We are using fleece and the flannel backed rubber material from Hancocks…..Now the stupid question…which side of the flannel backed fabric do I need to put on the outside?ReplyCancel

    • Jill - For one, you are a super awesome friend. Two, how exciting for your friends! As for your question, I would make sure the rubber is not on the outside because you probably don’t want baby mouths chewing on that either. Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - This is my first year sewing and I am LOVING the online tutorials I am finding, and this was DESPERATELY needed. I too have a fat crib rail and so normal teething rails are hard to find, and I didn’t want any residue left behind. I made mine based off your instructions ( I ventured a little) and I LOVE IT!! I posted a picture and your blog on my facebook page to share!!
    Thanks! Jenn
    Tutu Cute Bows By JennReplyCancel

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  • Danielle - This was great! I had given up on finding anything to guard my daughter’ rails and am totally not creative enough to come up with something on my own. Thanks so much for posting! Here’s the one I made: http://adventuresinvilgatown.blogspot.com/2011/11/cloth-teething-guard.htmlReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - What is the best fabric to use? I love the feel of velour but am wondering if it will hold up to all the teething. I was also thinking about sateen cotton? I want to use organic fabric. What do you suggest? I was also thinking of using organic cotton batting to make a great cushion.
    I’m stuck on what fabric to use. I want to make sure it holds up but is also very soft.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!ReplyCancel

    • Jill - Hey Jennifer! I think cotton works best just because it’s soft and washable. Make sure you pre-wash it before you sew this so it won’t shrink. Organic cotton would be fine, too. On my daughter’s I used organic batting between the top cotton layer and a backing layer of organic muslin. That worked great, too. Hope that helps. Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • Cindy - Just make sure the fabric is finely woven – you don’t want the baby to be able to chew through the fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I am in the process of making this for our son’s crib. I went into his room yesterday and he had completely chewed up one side of his crib! :( I’m having some problems finding the one-sided quilted backing (since we don’t have a fabric store in town), but we’re travelling to a town that has one this weekend, so I’ll pick some up and we’ll be set. I didn’t have any fabric in our house, so I had to improvise and use his old receiving blankets. It worked out great though. It’s been super easy to sew together and I can’t wait to see the finished product. :D Thanks for this super-easy tutorial and for adding pictures. I’m a “have to see it to understand it” kind of girl, so that was a HUGE help.ReplyCancel

    • Chrissy - Michelle, I just used regular quilt batting when I made these yesterday and they turned out amazing. It was enough padding to protect the crib rails and not bulky at all.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - UPDATE: For the longest time, our son would lift it up (no matter how tight it was tied) and chew underneath the cover. I fixed it by just throwing a few hand stitches on it and sort of stitching it around the crib-rail more or less. That way, even if he unties it, he’s unable to remove the cover itself or lift it to chew underneath.

      BUT, the other day I discovered that my little monster figured out how to chew AROUND the cover. The corners of his crib were munched pretty badly. Grrrr…I just tied it a little differently so that it *almost* covers the corners of the bars also. Hopefully that will fix it. :)

      Still think this is an amazing tutorial and have told a bunch of my friends about it. :)ReplyCancel

      • Jill - Well, isn’t he resourceful?! ;)ReplyCancel

        • Michelle - It’s scary how quickly he figures things out! haha I have to thank you again too. After making a cover for his crib rails with this tutorial, I tweaked it a little and also made covers for our wooden baby gates. Our son was chewing on them and not only biting off pieces of wood, but chewing on the metal pieces and he cut his mouth one day. I went straight to this idea and thought “I can make this work for the gate too!”

          I don’t have a blog, but I posted photos of both projects on PhotoBucket. :)

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  • Melissa - I ran across this while looking for stuffed animal patterns. Well lets just say his teddy bear is set for a later day! This is wonderful. I found my 7 month old little guy just chomping on his crib today!! Those plastic bars just aren’t wide enough! This will be my first sewing project that doesn’t have a squeeky toy in it! Thank you for taking the time to post such a simple and pretty spiffy creation!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - How about the problem if my son loves the strings? It will never stay on its place :-( But I love the idea very much.ReplyCancel

    • Jill - That’s why I made my ties super long, so that I can double or triple wrap them around the rails and then double knot them. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

      • Monika - Oh, thank you for that help :-) I was also thinking about the velcro :-) Have a nice day.ReplyCancel

  • Monika - Oh thank you for your kind help … I was also thinking about velcro :-dReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I am going to be making some teething rail covers for friends. I wanted to use velcro or snaps for the fastener. Are all the slats on the cribs universal or am I going to have a problem if I put velcro/snaps between a few slats?ReplyCancel

    • Cassie - I’m not the author of the original post, but did make these for my twin’s cribs – and they turned out great! I appreciated the tutorial. My opinion: stick with the ties, makes it more versatile. Kids love to “rip” apart velcro, I don’t even buy velcro shoes anymore (snap or ties that can be double knotted), mine would have velcro tabbed rail covers off in seconds. Snaps aren’t a bad idea, but you would have to have exact crib measurements in order for the straps to hold the cover on tight enough (make sense?). Just my opinion – hope it helped.ReplyCancel

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  • Sewing Stuff: DIY Crib Rail Cover - [...] found this tutorial online and followed it almost exactly, I just altered it to fit the measurements of our crib. I had a [...]ReplyCancel

  • dacia - Loved this. Made mine last night. Turned out awesome!!! No more wood chunks of his bed!!!!! Thanks so much for a wonderful idea!!!!!! We used a curtain rod that’s the little round ones to flip the ties right side out though and worked great!!!! Much faster than doing it by hand.ReplyCancel

  • Crib Rail Guard Tutorial « Feats of Domesticity - [...] to chew on their crib rails and leave tiny little tooth marks in the wood. I was inspired by the cloth crib rail guard tutorial by Jill at Baby Rabies. However I had to change a couple of things – first, the sides of my [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Hello,
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    • Jill - I would suggest washing and drying all your materials first. Then go from there. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Patsy - I made one from the bumper pads that came with the set. It worked out very well.
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  • Annie - Thanks so much for the tutorial! Here’s how mine came out: http://gluegunannie.com/?p=904ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Heiting - My Mom and I made one somewhat following your pattern for my daugther’s crib. Let me know if you’d like a picture of it!ReplyCancel

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  • Danielle Ashmore Payne - Awesome! I think I’m going to try this instead of buying the $25 rail cover at Babies R Us, since this morning my little monkey decided to put little teeth marks on her crib rail!ReplyCancel

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  • Maureen McCartney McGee - I did this! Thanks so much for the inspiration – see mine here:http://curlymo.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-project-fabric-crib-rail-cover.html.ReplyCancel

  • Terri Sena - May just have to make my own teething rail cover, looks like fun and will look great with the room in my colors.ReplyCancel

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  • Tracey (UK) - Thanks for your tutorial. I made 2 for my son’s cot last night, before he starts chewing on it and believe me he chews on everything, so it was only a matter of time! I’ve not used a sewing machine for about 17 years but borrowed one from a family friend. After a few trial runs with the machine on some scrap material, I got there in the end and these looks great on the cot. My husband was very surprised when he’d seen the finished article. Without stumbling across your blog whilst looking for somewhere to buy these, I wouldn’t have considered making my own and I’m now quite proud of myself :-) Thank you……ReplyCancel

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  • Klbc3 - Thanks for the tutorial! After figuring out our measurements were the same, I looked closer at your pic and saw we have the same crib, different colors :)
    The tutorial was great BUT making 20 fabric ties took FOREVER! Next time ill buy ribbon ;)
    Very happy with my project, thanks! (I’d love to post a pic but not sure how…)ReplyCancel

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