Materials: fabric, batting, rotary knife, cutting mat, velcro, pins, and sewing
I chose fabric that was similar to the other crib rail cover we have. And since
we have a crib rail cover for the front of the crib and we needed one for the
side, this tutorial is for a side crib rail cover. But, whether you are doing the front
or the side of the crib, it really doesn’t matter, you will just have to adjust the
measurements accordingly. So, after measuring the rail you will be making the
cover for, cut two pieces of fabric and one piece of batting, all exactly the same
size. For example, for our crib’s side rail, I cut the fabric and batting to 27 x 18
Next, cut fabric for the straps. I cut five strips of 6 x 4 inches. You may want to
measure the slats on the crib to see how many you may need and what spacing
would be ideal for your crib.
Cut the velcro into four inch strips.
Pin the batting and fabric together along all four sides, leaving a space open for
turning it right side out.
space open to flip it right side out.
Once you flip it right side out and straighten the fabric out and push the corners
out as much as possible, the next step is to sew along the edge for a clean look.
I like to sew fairly close to the edge, as you can see in the next photo. I always
start sewing just up from the opening, and if it helps you could pin it closed so
you don’t have to hold it as you sew.
A nice clean edge!
At this point you can move on to the straps. Fold the first piece of fabric over so
the front of the fabric is on the inside and sew along the edge and the top so that
one end is closed. When you’re done turn it inside out, and then sew along the
edge on each side and top end to flatten the strap and make nice clean edges. I
always sew the side with the seam first and then the other side.
Next step is placing the velcro on the strap and sewing it on. The easiest thing is
to have bought velcro that has adhesive sides so that you can just stick it on and
not have to worry about pinning the velcro. Sew all four sides of the velcro on to
Fold over the end of the strap and pin it to keep it in place.
Next thing you want to do is figure out the spacing from one strap to the other, I
chose four inches for mine.
And sew them on to the rail cover. I like to sew in two places, along the edge of
the fold and then along the edge of the rail cover.
Then sew the other side of the velcro on, just as you did with the straps, and
make sure each piece of velcro you put on the rail cover side matches up with
where the straps will fold up to.
All done! : )
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