I cannot really call myself a seamstress. I know how to use a sewing machine to sew straight lines and to zig zag edges but little else. I have never made a button hole or sewn in a zipper. I greatly admire quilting but would not have the faintest idea where to start.
So I was fortunate that when I set myself this little DIY sewing project that it only required sewing in straight lines! Immy had been chewing the rail of her cot (I wish someone had warned me not to purchase a white, painted cot) and following one afternoon naptime when I went in and found her face adorned with tiny white flecks of paint I decided that enough was enough. Some pretty padded rail covers were needed (and I thought they would be a bit nicer than those clear plastic covers that are available in baby stores).
They were quite simple to make and I am very pleased with the result, and it has certainly stopped the cot-chewing problem!
To make these protectors I measured the length and width of the rails. Using these measurements and an additional 3 cm allowance I cut two lengths of fabric. I turned the edges on all four sides of each fabric piece in 1cm and pressed them down. I cut a length of thin wadding to be slightly smaller than the fabric pieces. I then sandwiched the wadding between each fabric piece and stitched it all together along all four sides. I then repeated this process for the rail on the other side of the cot (I don’t need them for the ends for our cot is a sleigh bed style but you could easily use the same process for the cot ends).
To attach the protectors to the cot I decided to use press studs. I hand stitched the press studs into position securely, making sure that I stitched them in position between each vertical cot bar.
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