November 11, 2012

{Tutorial} Easy DIY Crib Sheets


This is my kind of sewing project; no measuring, no ironing, no mind numbing tedium.  The whole project can be completed in less than half an hour and for cheaper than a store bought crib sheet (if you scour your fabric store's clearance section for super cute fabrics on the cheap!  If you buy pricey fabric it won't be cheaper...but it will be cuter!)

You will need:
  • 2 yards of fabric, preferably a 45 inch wide fabric because then you don't need to cut it.  (Avoid stretchy fabric like jersey...it still works but I found it a little more....irritating.)
  • 2 to 3 yards of Fold Over Elastic.
  • thread
Fold over elastic is kinda like stretchy bias tape.  It gets folded over and stitched along the edges of the crib sheet, allowing it to fit tightly over the mattress without you having to hem the edges of the sheet.  I bought mine from Fabric.com


Lay your fabric out on the floor, nice side down.  Lay your crib mattress in the middle of the fabric.  There should be enough fabric around the edges to fold up over the sides of the mattress and then some.


Use a ruler to draw a square in each corner, approximately lined up with the edges of the mattress. Like this:


For each corner, line up the lines you just drew:


And sew along it:


Trim the extra little triangle off of your corners, like this:


If you have a serger, that would come in handy for this.  If (like me) you don't you can just sew a second straight stitch and a zig zag stitch along the edge.  We want these sheets to hold up to about a bazillion washes.

 

After you've done all four corners you just need to add your elastic.  Fold it over the edges of your crib sheet and stitch it all the way around, stretching it as you go.  I discovered that I use between 2 and 3 yards of elastic for each crib sheet, depending on how tightly I stretch it.


Ta da!  You have a crib sheet perfectly fitted to your crib mattress!


We've got the crib all set up in our bedroom for when our sweet new baby girl arrives!  Only 3 more weeks (give or take!) and she'll be in our arms.


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42 comments:

  1. You did a great job with the sheets and soooo easy to make. My kinda of project!

    Coleen

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  2. Enjoy your blog so much and appreciate your commonsense approach to a big family ....

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  3. This is ingenious!!! I must make some too!! (I only have one crib sheet.)

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  4. LOVE!! All my crib sheets (4) have been through one daughter for almost 3 years and I need new ones for the little man. Thank you so much!!

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  5. I love your sewing tutorials... they always seem do-able! This is in perfect timing too since I need to make a few for my little one.

    Good luck with the new babe - so exciting!

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  6. I do recommend washing and drying your fabric first. It's really really annoying when you have made sheets and then after being washed they don't fit!!! Yes, I'm speaking from experience!

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    1. Hi Jenn! Yes...you should wash all fabric always before sewing ANYTHING!

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  7. It looks very nice! That bear! :)
    Ieva

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  8. Great tutorial. Going to make a few for my two granddaughters. Thank you.

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  9. Awesome! I had actually heard you could do this out of single bed sheets, and I have plenty of them and no more single beds!
    Thanks for the tutorial,I plan on sending it, my sheets and a bunch of ribbon to my Mom and she said she can make me some (a 9 dollars per crib sheet, it is going to save me a lot of money!)

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  10. I'm very excited to see this. Am I the only one who cannot get a commercial crib sheet to fit? Ever? It seems like they are made about 3 inches too short. This is perfect, thank you!

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  11. Thank you so much for this guide! I need about 5 more crib sheets and didn't want to pay full retail for them!

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  12. you make it look so easy! I really need to learn to sew!

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  13. Cute!! This is great. I like the way you sew, simple and fun.

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  14. GREAT IDEA!

    May I request you use a "Pin it" Pinterest icon link so that we could share and save your idea(s) for friends and future reference!

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    1. You can pin from any blog by using the "Pin It" feature you install in your browser ;) Or you can repin this from my "My Own Projects" board on Pinterest.

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  15. What a great idea! And such an exciting time for you!

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  16. How awesome is that?! I looked into making crib sheets before my 1st was born and it looked too complicated, but this is easy peasy! Plus, that fabric is SO cute! I wonder if this would work for twin bed sheets also if you added a cute border to make the fabric wider...hmmm.... Thank you for sharing. Three more weeks- yippee :D :D :D

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  17. I hope some of my friends have babies soon! I need a reason to try this!

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  18. I am just wondering, how many packages of that elastic do you need per sheet? I have bought 2 packages, and I was hoping to use it for both sheets and diaper covers (not sure how much is needed for the covers, though), just wondering if I should pick up a few more. Thanks!!

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    1. It depends how tightly you pull the elastic as you sew. I've been able to get 2 crib sheets out of a pack, but the first sheet I made I didn't pull as tight and it took me 3 yards of elastic.

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  19. I have NOT been able to find crib sheets I like and am willing to spend money on, but this, this is brilliant. So glad I stopped by here today! thank you so much!

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  20. Thanks for the tutorial! I think I'll give this a whirl!

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  21. I really want to try this, as my baby boy has only one crib sheet, and since he's been sick for the past month, we are washing it every single day, and he ends up having to sleep on towels at some point.

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  22. Wow, it's wonderful and so easy to make crib sheets...I love that tutorial...thanks for sharing!

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  23. Love this idea! I will be doing this for my new little guy. We have similar lives except I have all boys (5) and my twins were my 3rd pregnancy (not my 4th). Congrats on your new baby girl! I love your site.

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  24. I've never seen elastic like that before. Did you just buy it at the fabric store? Really cute!

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  25. I had my babies in 94, 97, and 05. I hated all of the crib sheets I found. Wish I had known about this back then. Well, I guess my grandkids will have super cute crib sheets!

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  26. What type of stitch do you use to put the elastic on? Im pretty new to sewing

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  27. what stitch did you use for the elastic? zig zag or straight?

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  28. Ah!!! Genius! I've been looking for something this easy!

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  29. Does it still work if you use 42,43, or 44 in wide? Are you able to compensate somehow? New to sewing.

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  30. Hi Kelly
    what are the dimensions of the square to be drawn in the corner. I didn't see any?
    Angelica Hedges

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  31. Thanks for this tutorial! I just made one for my daughter's crib. It was so easy and this new sheet fits way better than the store bought ones that we always way too tight! Now I won't want to curse whenever I need to change her sheets. :)

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  32. I have been looking at yard sales etc for crib sheets and they are so hard to find in my area and I didn't think it was so easy to make! I use them for my "kids" (dogs) because they like to lay on the couches and I don't want my furniture ruined so I found that the crib sheets fit perfectly over the cushions I've got lots of material from other projects and that I've found at yard sales as well as in the "remnant" bins at our local store so today I will be trying this!!! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial! And may blessings fall upon you and your family! <3

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  33. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! I just made 3 crib sheets for our nursery (I'm due in January). This was incredibly easy to follow and I LOVE having custom sheets that match the rest of my decor!

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  34. Thank You, this is so easy- this grandma can make a dozen. Your cornor making is super-- that was my biggest problem. also the elastic tape is great. Congrats on the new addition.

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  35. Can anyone tell me how big that measured square is? I would like to make these for my daughter in another state so I don't have the mattress here to measure. Thanks! I can't wait to make some adorable sheets for her.

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