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Guest Blogger: Sew Totally Smitten

I am so excited to have Amber from Sew Totally Smitten as our guest blogger today! Her blog is one of the sewing blogs that make me pretend that I know how to sew!  She just makes it all look so easy!  I love her projects because they are cute and completely useful things that you need in your life!  How could I not want to make them all!  I am so excited to be sharing one of her projects with you today!  And go check out her blog HERE.

The Crib and the Culprit

This project was inspired by my dear son Maxon, who one day decided that his crib tasted good.  So sad seeing as you spend  BIG $$$ on their furniture and then they start teething and chew it up. (Sigh) No one ever warned me of this issue!  :)

Here is the protective cover that I made and the tutorial. Enjoy!

What you will need:
2 yards of fabric (I used Minky Dot for it softness and look)
Quilting Batting (this adds padding and extra protection for your little one)
2 yards White Cotton fabric (Back side of protector)
White Velcro

Start by measuring the length of side bars and circumference.

Then the length of the front and circumference.

Here is the pattern I came up with.

After your fabric and batting are cut make sure they are layered in the right order before pinning. Here is the correct order. Minky (wrong side facing), white cotton, and then batting (bottom). The following steps are the same for all three pieces.

Cut your Velcro in to 4" strips. For the sides you will need three and for the front you will need five. Peel each pair of Velcro apart and place on top like so.

You will tuck each piece in the middle of the minky and cotton. Pin in to place. I placed mine starting in the center and then the ends about 1" from the sides.

Make sure one side of the Velcro is facing up and one side down. If you enlarge the photo you will see I have the soft side up and the rough side down. This ensures that the straps are facing the right direction to work.

Time to sew!

Sew along all four sides leaving a 1/8 seam. Make sure to leave an opening  about 4" so that you can turn your protector right side out.
 Like this:

Trim your corners.

This is what you should have after turning right side out.

Fold, tuck in, and pin opening.

Next sew the opening closed and keep going along the edges crating the finished look.

Almost Done! Time to test your measurements....A perfect fit! Trim off the extra Velcro and enjoy your handy work! Or you can blog about it like I did.

All complete.

Culprit but still the apple of my eye.


Anonymous said...

wow! I am thinking how that would hurt my sensitive teeth but I am sure to a teething baby the wood feels good :) Awesome cover though!

BJ_Mama said...

Making this for #2!!! Thanks! We just used towels with our first one..definately not as pretty :)

Lorie said...


Thank you so much for being my guest blogger today!!

Unknown said...

I never considered that babies would eat their cribs! But they like to sample almost anything don't they? Ingenious cover.

malia said...

love it! maybe i need a giant minkie for my bed...

Amber said...

Thanks again Lorie! I'm as giddy as a school girl today and I'm only on my first cup of coffee. I love being able to share my passion (craft & kids) with all you. So WELCOME and I hope you all enjoy.


Anonymous said...

Well Lorie I am gonna save that for the gd that just got married. I am hoping for some greatgrands someday. That is a great idea. Great sewing job, nice and neat and straight seams too.

Nank said...

Back in the day cribs came with a plastic guard that slipped over the top edge of tne crib for just this purpose. When I was a baby, 53 years ago, I must have chewed the heck out of my crib because my dad nicknamed me "Termite".

Amber said...

Nank, that's funny! My husband and I joke the Maxon is going to poop a Lincoln Log from chewing his crib. Thanks for the fun comments!

Amanda said...

How cool is that?!?!?! I like it even for a non-biter... just smart stuff! :)


Nank said...

Amber, I needed a laugh! Thanks.

Lorie said...

Amanda, I think it is great for a non biter too. It is cute looking and soft!