Thursday, 3 September 2015

Easy sewing tutorial : Cot Rail Protector

My little girl has started to strip the paint off her cot railing. She just loves to chew on them! When she wakes up, when she doesn't want to sleep, when I put her in there so I can quickly run to the bathroom or hang out the washing.... she just stands straight up and runs her teeth along the cot rail.

So I decided to sew her something pretty and less toxic to chew on.

Here's what you need

Length of fabric (the size of this will change depending on your cot measurements)
Sewing machine
Sew-on Velcro

How to do it

Step 1. Every cot is different so there's no one size fits all measurement, but its simple to work out how much fabric you need. Simply measure the length of the railing and then measure the width as shown in the picture (the circumference of the railing minus the bottom section were the poles are - the velcro tabs will go here). Add 2cm to the length and 2cm to the width to account for the seam. Double the width as you'll want the cot railing protector to be double thick.

Step 2. Fold the fabric in half and sew the ends of the long strip. Turn the fabric out so the seams you have just sewn are now are facing inwards. Press flat.

Step 3. Cut a strip of fabric to make your tabs, these will secure your protector to the cot. Make your strip of fabric around 7cm wide and 50cm long (you will need to adjust if your cot has particularly think railings.) I planned for 9 tabs to make sure it was strongly fastened to the cot.

Step 4. Cut the strip into 9 equal portions. Fold in half and sew a seam along the opposite edge to the fold and one of the top ends, leaving the other end open. Turn the tabs right side out and press.

Step 5. Cut lengths of Velcro for each tab approximately 2cm and sew one half of the Velcro to each tab. You may want to double sew these as they make take some extra chewing and you don't want them coming off!

Step 6. Fold in the open edge of the long strip of fabric approximately 1cm on each side and iron the folds.

Step 7. Mark the spots for the tabs on your long piece of fabric (on the open side) by measuring it directly against your cot so that the tabs will be sitting between the cot bars and pin tabs between the two unsewn seams.

Step 8. Sewn the pressed seam together, ensuring that the tabs are firmly caught between the stitching. Handy hint  - I recommend double stitching the tabs in place so they are secure.

Step 9. Sew the other half of the Velcro pieces to the long piece on the matching spot to the Velcro on the tabs.

Step 10. Press and attach to cot.

Handy Hints Your measurements will change based on your cot. You may like to add extra tabs if you have a longer cot or want it more securely fastened to your cot rail. Pressing your fabric at each stage will make it easier to keep in place and sew.

Happy sewing!


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  1. Really great idea!

    1. thanks :) here's hoping for less paint eating!

  2. That's a fab idea!!! We have so many gnaw marks on our older girl's cot that we've bought a pretty new pink one for the new arrival.... I'll be making one of these to protect it once her gnashers come in!

    1. Congrats on the new baby! Definitely a great idea to protect your pretty new cot :)

  3. Such a good idea! My girl used to chew the side and get paint chips in her mouth. Wish I'd thought of this but will definitely keep it in mind for the next baby.


    1. yep, that's what my baby does! I hate to think how much paint she has eaten. Definitely a good idea for next time.

  4. What a great idea! My daughter never chewed her cot but I know a lot of babies who did! Can't think it would taste that good ... ;)

    1. No, paint chips can't be tasty! But she also eats all her books. Babies eat funny things!

  5. That is a fab idea Lu! And so simple too - plus it makes a pretty addition to the cot :)

  6. Oh you make it look so easy! We bought a padded custom-made one from etsy, it was not cheap...and it ties together so as soon as baby figured out how to stand, he just stood there and started untying it didn't last long!

  7. I wish I'd thought of this back in the day when my kids were chomping on their cot rails ;-)

  8. That is so cute! A great way to add colour to a cot now that bumpers are sort of frowned upon :) thanks for linking up to #TheList xx