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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

DIY Fabric Baby Gate

The other day, after a bit of chaos, our old baby gate finally was removed.  I needed a quick and cheap replacement, but I also wanted something that was easy to hide away and did not take up much space.  Enter this Pinterest find on how to make a DIY Fabric Baby Gate.


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We have a larger than normal opening for the passageway between our living room and our kitchen. So this required a larger than normal baby gate.  My aunt gave us the Summer Infant Baby gate to use that is in the picture below.  Between dogs jumping over it and numerous times of it being ran into, it was broken and destroyed and really just annoying.  It was difficult to clean around, difficult to move around and bulky!  It did a good job for 5 years, but it was beat and time for something easier to move, easier to clean around and definitely easier to actually clean. 

This was our old baby gate, but obviously not my house or my family...thanks Summer Infant Website. 
So since I needed a new gate, and Pinterest gave me an idea, I got to work!

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 Directions: (From top left to right working down)
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  • Measure your doorway and cut your fabric to fit.  I made sure to include room for the seams as well as the placement of the hooks.
  • Finish your Edges.  I used my serger to do this, but you can do the old fashioned, fold, iron, sew to avoid unraveling. 
  • Prep your elastic corners.  I cut the elastic to about 3 inches and then folded it in half.  The I turned my fabric inside out then matched up corners so I knew where to place the elastic. 
  • Place elastic corners INSIDE the right side of the fabric (upside-down).  Make sure to leave a little of it sticking out.
  • Pin the elastic in place.  Make sure to leave room for your seams as well so you do not sew over your fabric. 
  • Pin and Sew your sides together. Make sure that you leave about 5-6 inches open and not sewn so that you can flip your fabric right side out. 
  • Flip, Iron and Sew the opening closed. 

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Finally place your Command Hooks.  You may need to angle these to hold your gate tight.  Also, you can attach the hooks to your baseboards and I highly recommend that because we did not at first and the kids (and dogs) were easily able to slide under.  Once moved and adhered correctly the gate worked perfectly!

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See the gap between the gate and the floor...put those hooks on the baseboards!
I love this gate.  It is easy to take down and wash, it does not take up hardly any space if I want it out of the way, I can clean around it, it is able to be made to fit our unique doorway and it only cost $15.00 to make!  Get to it!

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