DIY Crib Rail Protector

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I had this post all ready to go last week.  Then on Thursday, I put my little man down for a nap in his crib.  After a few hours, I heard a big ruckus coming from his room.  I went to get him up and as I opened the door, there he was standing at the door to greet me.  The little daredevil had climbed right out of the crib! Thankfully he was not hurt.  I knew is was coming but I guess I was in denial and thought I still had another couple months.  But alas, the crib will be converted into a toddler bed tomorrow and I will have no need for this craft that I am about to share with you. *Sigh*  I literally completed this project 2 or 3 weeks ago but I enjoyed making it and hope that the tutorial is useful for you all that have babies.

I am in the process of turning my little guy’s room into a “big boy” room.  He has become fascinated with airplanes over the past 9 months or so. I have transformed his room into every little pilot’s dream.  My mom is an avid quilter and made a fabulous quilt for his crib/bed. I’ll show the full quilt when I do the full reveal as soon as everything is in place. She sent some of the extra fabric to me and I used it to make a crib rail protector.  During his baby stage, he was quite the little beaver and completely destroyed the crib rail.  He doesn’t bite it anymore so this is mainly for cosmetic purposes. This was a super easy process and even a beginner can handle this.  I am quite the beginner myself so if I can do this, you can too!


Quilted batting 
(I’m not sure this is the proper term but I have a picture of it below)
Coordinating ribbon
Coordinating thread


Measure the length of your crib rail and add a few inches to account for seam allowances. I used an existing crib rail protector as my guide so I don’t have exact measurements for you but I my son’s crib rail is approximately 50 inches long.

Determine how wide you want your crib rail protector to be.  This will vary depending upon the type of crib that you have.  You want enough fabric to wrap around the rail with some excess.

Cut your fabric and quilted batting to size.  I trimmed the extra batting sticking out on the left side, below so it was not included in the width measurement. I did not have enough of my airplane pattern fabric to cover the entire length that I needed, so I inserted some coordinating red fabric to make it long enough.

Cut your ribbon approximately 8 inches long.  I cut 16 strips (8 sets).

Evenly space your sets of ribbon along the right-side of the quilted batting. 

Place the fabric on top of the quilted batting, right sides together, and pin in place, making sure to pin through the ribbon.

Sew along three sides of your fabric, leaving one of the short sides open. I used 1/4 inch seam allowances. Turn fabric right-side out, pin the open end together, and either machine sew or hand sew the end closed. 

You now have a customized crib rail protector! Hopefully you will get to use it for longer than I did!

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  1. Oh my gosh! I thought I had the only little beaver child out there. My daughter destroyed her crib rail, chewed on her toddler bed back railing, even chewed on her bunkbed railings when she was way old enough to know better. :). This railing protector s such a great idea.

  2. My daughter still just gums at 14 months because she only has 2 teeth, LOL. But what a great solution if that day comes!

    Congratulations to your little guy for graduating to a big boy room… can’t wait to see the reveal!

  3. What a great idea!! Cute fabric choice too. We really could’ve used that. Our crib has teeth marks all over it, courtesy of our little man. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!!

  4. Oh bummer!!! My little boy recently climbed out of his crib too. But only did it once and hasn’t done it since so I am still holding on to the crib days as long as possible!

    But your rail cover is cute!

    I just noticed you host a Friday link Party! So do I! I’ve added you to my list of places to link up to on Friday! 🙂

    And last but certainly not least, I am your newest follower!

    Have a great day!

  5. This is a great idea!! Selah just started gnawing on the crib :/

    I’m stopping by via the blog hop. It’s so nice to meet you 🙂 I’m a new follower.

    Lots of love,

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