I knew that with decorating Baby V’s nursery that I didn’t want to go out and buy a set from a store. I wanted to have the ability to personalize the room. One easy way to do this was to make my own crib sheets. If you search for sales, you can save money from buying from a store and you can get cute fabric to match your theme.
I made three designs in flannel fabric. I recommend getting a wider fabric because it will shrink when you wash and dry it.
- 2 yards of fabric, at least 44 inches wide.
- Matching thread
- Elastic 1/4 inch thick, at least 4 yards
- Sewing Machine
- Iron & ironing board
My mattress is a standard size. We opted for the Lullabye Earth mattress, if you’d like to compare sizes. You’re going to cut 8 x 8 inch from each corner. (if your mattress is a different size you may have to adjust accordingly.) You want the edge of your mattress it line up with the edge of the squares for a snug fit.
After cutting the fabric you’re going to sew a french seam on all four corners. To do this, put the wrong sides of the fabric together, pin, and stitch a straight line with 1/4 inch seam allowance. The closer to the edge the better. You will create a house like shape with the fabric, as seen below. For some reason, I could not visualize this before starting so if you’re like me, relax, it’s what you want. Do this to all four edges.
Very carefully, trim the fabric all the way to the seam, as close as you can get it without cutting what you’ve just sewn.
Flip the crib sheet inside out so the right sides face one another and iron the seams flat. You’re going to sew again with 1/4 inch seam allowance.
You’ve created a french seam. This keeps the edges nice and neat, and when you wash it you won’t have to worry about the inside fraying. It’s very clean. Here’s a sneak peak of what the edge will look like.
After you’ve done this to all four sides, add the elastic. I did this by first ironing 1/4 inch all of the way around and then ironed and pinned 1/2 inch hem. This creates enough room for your elastic to work its way through. You’re going to sew ALMOST all of the way around, taking care at the edges, and leaving a 2 inch gap to string the elastic through.
Put a safety pin on the end of your elastic and get to work working it through. Sit down in front of the TV because this part, for me, took the longest. The amount of elastic you will use will depend upon what you buy. I believe the type I used came in 8 yards, so I left it intact and worked it through.
Place the crib sheet on your mattress and adjust the elastic accordingly. This takes trial and error but you want to get the elasticity right. When you’ve decided how much elastic you want to use, simply sew a few lines on the overlapping ends and finish off the piece. I apologize for not taking a photo of this part of the process but I think it’s pretty easy to visualize. This is the underside view.
There you have it! A custom made crib sheet. Have you made bedding before? Or are you working on homemade nursery decor? Share in the comments below!