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Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Need a cheap idea to keep a teething baby from chewing the edges of your crib? Make an Easy DIY Crib Rail Cover using fleece. No sewing required!

When babies are teething, they will chew on anything they can get in their mouths. Unfortunately, crib rails are the perfect height for a standing baby who wants to sooth aching gums. This easy DIY crib rail cover will protect both your baby and your crib.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

I think C1, our oldest son, is part beaver. Over the two and a half years he used the crib, he gnawed the edges until it was unsightly and raw. When we were expecting our second son, I came across an idea on Pinterest from Jane Marie Photography for a DIY Teething Guard. I only wish I found this idea BEFORE our crib was chewed to bits, but better late than never, right?

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

How to Make the DIY Crib Rail Cover

The DIY Crib Rail Cover is easy and inexpensive. It’s made with only a yard or two of fleece and it doesn’t require any sewing or fancy tools. Best of all, it covers the damage made by C1 and keeps C2 from making it worse. There are so many fleece colors you can choose to match your nursery decor. I chose a chocolate brown fleece to blend with my dark crib.

What you need:

Instructions:

Wondering how to make crib rail covers? Just follow these steps. It’s easy and you don’t need to sew.

Step 1: Measure the Crib.

Use the measuring tape to determine the length of the front and sides of your crib. Next, drape the measuring tape all the way around your rail and add 8 inches. This will determine the width you need for your crib rail cover. In my case, the sides and front of the crib rails are different sizes, so I needed two different widths.

Next measure the width of your vertical crib railings and the spaces between them.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Step 2: Cut the fleece. 

Measure your fleece and cut to the overall length and width you determined in the previous step.

Next lay the fleece on a flat surface and cut four-inch long slits along the length of the fleece as shown in the photo below. Use the width measurement of your vertical crib railings and the spaces between them to determine how far apart your slits should be.

Alternately, Jane Marie Photography suggests draping the fleece over the side of the crib and cutting slits in the fabric in the spaces between the vertical railings.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Repeat the 4-inch vertical cuts along the opposite side of the fleece, as shown.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Step 3: Tie the DIY Crib Rail Cover on the crib.

Drape the fleece over the side of your crib. You want it evenly positioned along the top of the crib rail.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Start at one end and tie the cut strips together in the spaces between the railings. You’ll only do every other one.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Continue until you’ve tied the entire DIY Crib Rail Cover to that side of the crib.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Once you’ve tied the entire DIY Crib Rail Cover on a side, you can tuck the remaining fleece strips up into the crib rail itself or cut them off.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Repeat the process on the front and remaining side of the crib to finish the DIY Crib Rail Cover.

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

There you have it! The DIY Crib Rail Cover is a simple and low cost solution to a common problem for parents. The DIY Crib Rail Cover made our crib look as good as new for our second son. At one year old, he is now chewing and drooling all over the crib rail too. Thankfully, the DIY Crib Rail Cover is machine washable. I washed ours in cold water on a delicate cycle and then dried it on low heat to help prevent the fleece from piling.

Our crib is one that will eventually convert into a full-size bed. The chewed-up front rail will become the footboard of the bed. If anyone has a great idea for how to refinish furniture with a veneer, please comment below or send us a link. We’re going to need it!

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

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This Inspired Idea for the DIY Crib Rail Cover came from Jane Marie Photography and was shared with their permission. Please visit their website to find more great ideas like this.

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No-Sew Crib Rail Questions

Are crib rail covers necessary?

Yes, crib rail covers will protect the crib from teeth marks. Biting wood isn’t good for baby’s mouth, so it protects the baby too.

Are crib rail covers safe?

Crib rail covers are safe as long as you install them correctly. Make sure they are tied securely so they don’t come loose.

Does fleece protect the wood or do you need plastic teething guards underneath?

This depends on how much your baby plays with or bites the crib rail. Use a thick fleece. If that doesn’t do the trick, install some rubber crib rail protectors underneath the fleece.

17 Comments

  1. This is such a fantastic DIY, Carrie. My daughter is in the midst of major teething and has also started pulling herself up on things. Those two combined are about to put a dent in our crib! Since I can’t even sew a button, this project is perfect for a novice like me! Thanks for such a great and useful tutorial! 🙂

    1. It’s so easy, Ashlyn! It would be a great idea to do it sooner rather than later, if your daughter is just starting to pull herself up to the crib rail. As you can see from the pics of our crib, I sure wish I had!

  2. I just did this! We have plastic teething guards, but he figured out how to take them off, so I needed something to keep them on. It was literally my “AHHHH! What can I do to stop him?! Oh I have left over fleece in my stash.” freak out moment. Visiting from Link it or Lump it.

  3. What a good idea, my son bit all along his bed (when he was a toddler and in a proper bed) this might well have worked. He’s 18 in 3 weeks and still in the same bed – now he looks at the bite marks and wonders what he was thinking, even tried sanding and re varnishing them a few years ago!

  4. Does the fleece alone protect the wood on the crib or do I need to put the rubber teething guards underneath?

    1. Great question, K.B.! Our crib was already chewed up before we put the fleece crib rail cover on it so I don’t have any way to tell if there’s been new bite marks this time around. I would suggest going with thicker fleece fabric if you want to keep your crib rails well protected. If you want to be 100% sure though, go with the rubber teething guards too.

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