So, like every home we have lots of potential ‘hazards’ now that our little man is running around all over the place. Of course there is only so much you can do and we didn’t want to go OTT when it came to baby proofing the flat but we did stick on some corner shields, plug sockets shields etc and moved some of the furniture around to make its safe, while at the same time being able to teach our LM that touching the radiator when it’s hot is not a good idea!
One thing that has still been worrying me though is the marble fireplace surround. We used to put the coffee table in front of it, but now that the LM can climb the table (!) we had to change that plan. Enter the suitcase of random fabric I keep for unknown projects! Among the offcuts of completed (and unsuccessful) craft projects I found a pair of my other halfs trousers that I had been saving ‘just in case’ they came in useful, and hurrah, this was their lucky weekend!
Draft excluder style fire guard from a pair of trousers
- Cut off both trouser legs (leaving a pair of shorts!)
- Sew the top of the legs – right sides together – with one leg inside the other
- Pull out the inside leg, so that you have one long cylinder shape, with the fabric inside out
- (As the trousers were wider at the thighs, I had to run a straight stitch from one end to the other so that the fire guard would not be fatter in the middle)
- Turn the trouser legs the right way round and stuff (I used fabric offcuts and a cardigan bound for the charity shop!)
- Once full, sew each end shut – I did two lines of stitching at each end – on the top side of the fabric
(I should point out that our gas fire doesn’t actually work so there’s no risk of it catching fire 😊)