Here’s a DIY for the sewing novice that takes less than an hour and is super-useful! This reversible bag ties onto the crib rail and keeps books, stuffed toys and spare blankets or cups off of the crib mattress but easily accessible. The best part is that you can flip it outside of the crib for a baby (so just mom can access the contents) or inside for a toddler.
1/4-1/2 yard cotton fabric (depending on bag size desired)
3 yards ribbon or 2.5 inch wide scrap fabric
1 package of straight pins
1) Cut fabric into two identical panels of desired size, adding one inch to the length and width for seam allowance. (If using two separate fabrics, cut one panel from each.) My panels measured 24″x16″.
2) Cut four pieces of ribbon approximately 22″ long. OR cut four strips of fabric approximately 2.5″x22″.
3) If using the fabric ties instead of ribbon, fold each strip in half length-wise, then fold the edges under and pin so that you have 1/4″ seam on one skinny edge and one long edge. The remaining skinny edge will not be exposed so you can leave it as-is. Sew along the pins using a straight stitch and you’re done!
*Note: It takes longer to sew the ties from fabric than to use ribbon, but the fabric ties hold up better during use and in the wash.
4) Lay one fabric panel face-down on a hard surface. Using your finger or an iron (depending on how cooperative your fabric is), fold the edges over 1/2 inch on all four sides and press flat. Repeat with second panel.
5) Place second panel on top of first panel so that the proper side of the fabric faces out on both sides and the folded seams are together. Place fabric strips or ribbon in between the panels on the four corners (at least an inch of the ribbon length should be between the panels for sturdiness.) Pin.
6) Sew along the edges with a straight stitch, about 1/4″ from the edge. Reinforce the ties in the four corners with a triple stitch or zig-zag.
And voila! All you have to do is tie the ribbons together around the crib rail and you’re done!