Making Stuff: Thrifted Sheets to Bed Rail Cover

by This is Carrie on March 22, 2011

The bed rail we use to make sure Princess stays put on the top bunk (which isn’t supposed to use for bunk beds apparently) needed a make over BAD.

After raiding my stash of thrifted, floral sheets, taking a few quick measurements, and teaching the girls a lesson on why learning fractions is important for sewing, I turned this:

into this:



Kelly Jo March 22, 2011 at 6:19 am

That is awesome!! I’d love to have the time to re-do my daughter’s bed rail – hers looks the same as yours, except it’s bright blue around the netting, not very cute with her pink / green bedding.

Lauren Reyes March 22, 2011 at 7:06 am

that looks awesome! we just converted our crib into a toddler bed and bought a similar rail. i made a slip cover so it would match the room’s colors but its no where as great as this!

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March 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

What a brilliant idea! Bed rails are often available for resale, but I’m wary of reusing fabrics that have been around unknown beds (yes, I probably read The Velveteen Rabbit way too many times in childhood).

This is a great solution because it only maintains the hardware (which I can clean to my full satisfaction) and the condition of the covers becomes irrelevant.


Kristen K March 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

Very cute! Love the fabric.

Be careful if the rail isn’t meant for the top bunk… when I was in a bunk bed (I’m 21 now.. so 17 or so years ago) I pressed on the rail too much and whatever kept it on snapped and I fell from the top bunk onto my face, only to be rushed to the hospital.

Just a word of advice!

Nicole aka Gidget March 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

Never thought I’d be commenting on the cuteness of a simple bed rail, but boy is that adorable! Great job fixing it up rather than trashing it! :)

Annessa March 22, 2011 at 11:45 am

Gorgeous! I’m going to have to raid my moms stash of “vintage” sheets. I’m so impressed that you can make that up on your own.

sara March 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Wow, that’s incredible!

Erin J. March 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

So cute and such a great idea!

Brittany March 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

What pretty fabric! That bed rail is gorgeous now!

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