How To Make a Clubfoot Bar Cover

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If you’re reading this, you may be a clubfoot mommy. Believe me when I say, I know what an emotional roller coaster it can be. I share our story in the post From One Clubfoot Mommy to Another. Today, I’m sharing how to make a clubfoot bar cover for a Ponseti bar, but it can easily be adapted for other bars.

As you’ll discover, the bar is heavy and a little sharp. It doesn’t seem that way until you see your child brings his or her feet – and the bar – to eye level. That’s when you realize the bar needs some cushion. Also, your child will kick and scrape your legs while on your lap. It took some bruising and a cut before my husband and I decided we needed a solution.

Making a Clubfoot Bar Cover

To make a clubfoot bar cover, I found pipe insulation to be the best thing for padding. I tried several things like pool noodles, but pipe insulation was the best – hands down. You can purchase it at any hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot. In a pinch you can get it from Amazon. Link provided below.

When it comes to the velcro I tried different options. I tried self-adhesive velcro, but honestly, it would come off when I took the cover off. It also didn’t withstand washing well. Therefore, I recommend using sew-on velcro. If you aren’t comfortable using it, I recommend the following velcro:


  • Pins
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Measuring tape and strait edge
  • Rotary cutter or fabric shears
  • Cutting mat
  • Thread
  • Velcro
  • Needles if hand sewing or a sewing machine


  1. Measure the length of your bar inside the shoes
  2. Cut the pipe insulation to fit. Adjust as necessary.
  3. Next, slice the side of the pipe insulation lengthwise. Place it around your bar and make sure it’s a good fit.
  4. Taking your bar length, measure your fabric, allowing a half inch – whole inch on all sides (sides, top and bottom) to create your seam. Wrap it around the pipe insulation to make sure it fits all the way around the circumference.
  5. Fold in the edges to create a clean seam. Secure with pins.
  6. Iron your fabric.
  7. You can choose to hand stitch or use a sewing machine
  8. Sew all four edges.
  9. Finally, sew your velcro across the top and bottom. If using the one-wrap straps, skip this step. Your velcro will wrap around the outside.

That’s it – how to make a clubfoot bar cover. It took me about 30 mins for this project, but them, I’m a beginner at sewing.

clubfoot bar cover
clubfoot bar cover
clubfoot bar cover

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