So the big day is fast approaching! 4 more weeks! We could not be more excited. I am also starting to get incredibly nesty and want to have a million things done before the baby arrives. One of the projects I decided to tackle myself was making crib sheets. I decided it couldn’t be that hard, or that expensive. Have you seen how much cute sheets are?!? This summer I bought 2 yards of this car fabric from JoAnns. I had a coupon, it was on sale, etc. so 2 yards ended up costing me between $6-8. I couldn’t beat that at the store for white sheets so I decided to try it out. I love how they turned out which inspired me to try and tackle the crib skirt as well. I will save sharing that for another day. I would encourage you to try making your own sheets, it’s a quick and relatively easy project anyone could tackle.
Makes 1 fitted 28″ x 52″ crib sheet. Perfect for a new baby or toddler bed!
Supplies you will need:
- 2 yards of 42″wide fabric, pre-washed. The last thing you want is for your hard work to shrink too small. You end up using a piece that is 66″x 42″ so if it shrinks down that’s ok.
- 1/4″ wide elastic. You can get away using 60″ of elastic, or more if you want elastic all the way around the bottom of your sheet
- Matching thread
- Pre-wash fabrics. Cut fabric to a 66″x 42″ rectangle
- Cut a 7″x 7″ square from each corner. This will allow you to make the sheet fittedwith the final dimensions of roughly 28″x 52″.
- Sew the 7″ edges together on each corner, making a fitted corner of the sheet. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance, placing right sides together. You can trim yourseam down like I did if you wish. Finish edges. Press. Repeat for each corner.
- Fold 1/4 ” hem and press. Fold hem 1/4″ again making a clean finished edge and a total hem of 1/2″. Sew hem in place.
- Cut elastic in to 30″ pieces (if you are choosing to place elastic all the way around the edges ignore these steps). Mark center of elastic.
- Turn sheet wrong side out. Find center width (the narrow part) along the hem of the sheet. It should be 14″ from your fitted corners. Place center of elastic over the hem at the center of the sheet (on the wrong side of the fabric).
- Sew elastic to sheet using a zig-zag stitch. Begin at the center and stretch the elastic as much as you can as you sew around the fitted corner and up the side. You should stretch your elastic enough that your elastic will continue at least 5″ past the corner on the length (long side) of the fabric. Repeat starting at the center again and doing the other corners.
These sheets are really so easy to make, cheap, and definitely don’t need to look perfect. The bottom of the sheets are hidden anyway. It’s a great way to make a coordinated nursery or to make sheets for your toddler out of their favorite characters. Don’t you just love how well they turned out!