Corner protectors serve two purposes. They protect small children -- and perhaps some of us not-so-small clumsy adults -- from injury. They also protect the corners from damage done to them in an active household. According to Rebecca Wallgren, a professional seamstress in Rockford, Illinois, corner protectors can be sewn easily at home with very little skill using inexpensive terry washcloths.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- 2 square washcloths per corner
- Sewing machine
- Double-sided tape
Fold a washcloth in half diagonally, forming a triangle. Repeat with a second washcloth. Stack the two diagonally-folded washcloths and pin them together.
Sew together the four layers of terry on the two short sides of the triangle, forming two seams that meet at a right angle.
Turn the resulting pocket inside out. Trim the seam if necessary, but consider that the seam itself provides additional cushioning, says Wallgren.
Use double-faced tape to secure the terry protector on the table corner.
Tips and warnings
- You may need to trim or tack down the seam corners, depending on the thickness of the terry.
- Very thick table corners may require a larger square of terry than a washcloth provides.
- It may be necessary to protect the table edges as well.
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