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Baby-proofing the Boat ~ DIY Baby Gate (Custom)

Here are four reasons why I needed to make a baby gate for the boat:

On one side of the boat there is the electrical panel, the stairway out of the boat, the sliding cabinets holding tools and solvents, the trash can, the recycling bag, and the galley floor. It's a dangerous, dirty world, and Cora did not need to be a part of it any longer.

I had a gate up by Easter, but it was so plain, white, and boring.

Never fear! Crafty mommy is here!

I picked up a charm pack of It's a Hoot fabric by Momo for Moda from Lily Bella Fabrics and got to work.

Why yes, the backwards "J" has now been corrected dear readers :)

Not too shabby, eh?

Now Cora can practice her A,B,Cs whenever she'd like.

Cora's world to the left, Cora's no-no zone to the right.

Of course, I did not forget about the other side of the gate:

That's right folks, it says, "Boat Sweet Boat."

It's thick enough to roll up tightly and stay put along the starboard side of the cabin.

It's offical - Cora likes it.

The details:

I used Sunbrella interior fabric in Natural for the main square and some matching cotton cloth to make two additional squares. There are two wooden dowels in the vertical hems to give it shape. I sewed the letters onto the cotton squares and then sewed each square onto the Sunbrella.

I used the same method of attaching the gate to the ship as I did for the lee cloths (shock cords, hog rings, and ringer pliers, with rotating hook clasps.)

And if you've made it this far, enjoy this cute video of Cora crawling along the cabin sole.

Reader Comments (12)

How cute is that gate and how ridiculously gorgeous is Miss Cora? I bow before your crafty prowess.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCIdnie

OMGaaaaawd, Charlotte, you ought to be selling that alphabet design for a million bucks! It's GORGEOUS! Stan and I have just watched the Cora video 3 times and I want to go home now, thank you very much. She's sweet as pie--love the hiccups. She almost has bangs! Get me there NOW....

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDinah

It's official. This is my favorite of all of your baby/boat projects. So stinkin' CUTE! Now I need to fabricate a reason for a baby gate so I can get you to make me one :)

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterboatbaby

OMG how cute! Great job! You are really awesome at sewing.

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbasia

What Grandma Dinah said magnifed a zillion times !!!!! You are amazing !!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren K Morrisette

Love the panda shirt, to hell with the J!

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDinah

First, your baby is incredibly cute. Those eyes, those eyes! Second, what a fantastic idea for the baby gate. I hope I am half as creative as you when Gabrielle becomes mobile. God help us!

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

okay. you've really raised the bar on this one. my boat needs 3 baby gates. (at least!) holey moley, the abcs? boat sweet boat? I LOVE it! it looks awesome and it's practical (for both baby and storing space on the boat). great work!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I love your baby boat ideas! You must be having "sew" much fun! ;O)

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Can you share a little more detail about how you sew this, like how to get the grommets on? I've never done that before but I'd love to make one for the bottom of my staircase.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa K

So I was in inspired by your idea I'm in the process of making my own "travel gate" family an friends have decks and its always a pain trying to keep them away from the stairs. I have chosen to make a couple changes such as make it wider than the opening so that there is no gaps I am using a canvas material and I am going to add the clips right to the eyelets so that the cord doesn't have any give. I will post pictures as soon as I'm finished thanks so much for the inspiration!!

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara

How exciting. Good luck. Would love to see pics!

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

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