January 31, 2010
Debate over whether or not a 2 1/2 year old should still be in a crib aside, a crib-friendly book pocket is a delightful accessory for any book-loving kidlet. This project took about an hour to make and it was so easy to throw together that my own book-loving kidlet actually assisted. Which of course made him love the finished product that much more.
I came up with this idea while making the craft apron (note the use of that same bolt of green home dec fabric that I bought 10 years ago). This book pocket is not just for cribs; it could be used in any bed with a rail situation. I do not recommend this for children under 18 months for safety reasons. We all know that any 18-month-old worth his salt would either have these straps unknotted and wrapped around his neck or use the whole contraption to launch himself over the rails in no time.
Before you begin, select a book that is a reasonable size to be hanging over a child's body. This will be your size template. I'll give you the measurements I used--my finished product was 9"h x 12"w with a 6" pocket and three 9" straps to tie onto the rail. I made my straps, but you could use pre-made webbing instead.
Now, cut your fabric into two large pieces (mine were 10" x 13") for the pocket back, one 10" x 13" piece for the pocket, and three 4" x 13" pieces for the straps.
Sew across the bottom with a double stitch. Turn the pocket out so that the unfinished edge is tucked inside the pocket. Done. How easy is that?