Nursery Decor – Crib Rail Cover

So here again is Natalie’s crib:

Crib
Crib

You can see along the back what the crib looks like without any rail covers. I like it but I wanted to improve safety a bit as Nat grows. I’m not a fan of big foofy (clearly I can’t spell) crib bedding because I think it looks overwhelming but also because it’s just not safe! I cringe every time I see those gigantic, puffy crib bumpers people sell on Etsy. Don’t, under any circumstances, put a bumper in your baby’s crib!!!!! It doesn’t matter if the crib looks naked or unfinished without it. Your baby’s safety is obviously far more important. Our hospital actually gave us literature insisting that we don’t use a bumper. They are such a huge SIDS risk and little ones can suffocate in their sleep. Scary!

Finished Crib
Finished Crib

Okay, I’ve now stepped off my soapbox (I don’t know about you but my soap doesn’t come in a box) and we can talk crib rails. A lot of the rail covers I saw on Etsy and elsewhere have ribbons or ties that are used to keep the covers attached to the rails. Once again, I wanted a cleaner look so I went with snaps. I’m absolutely obsessed with these plastic baby snaps! They are my favorite sewing item in at least the last 10 years! More on those later…

To make the rail covers I measured the sides of my crib for the length and wrapped my measuring tape around the top of the rail to see how wide to make the covers. (I needed to be sure that there was enough fabric to attach the snaps.) I serged around the edges then cut a piece of fusible fleece to run down the center of the covers. The fleece gives the rail covers a little cushion. I used fusible fleece because I had some left over from another project, but regular fleece or quilt batting would work just as well.

Underside of Rail Cover
Underside of Rail Cover

Then I hemmed all the way around the cover so it looked like a long skinny rectangle. I have about a 1 inch hem because that gives me room to add snaps. Easy! Next I wrapped the rail covers around the crib rails to figure out where to place my snaps. I decided to add a snap through every other rail. I used a fabric marker to mark each snap. I just eyeballed it!

Right Side of Rail Cover
Right Side of Rail Cover

Finally I added the snaps to each side (I’ll have another post about my beloved snaps). The snaps took a while because there were so many of them but they’re sooooo easy to do! And that’s it my friends! Safety and simplicity all wrapped into one. Snap those puppies on an you’re good to go! 🙂