Poofy Cheeks: How To Sew Fitted Crib Sheets

February 7, 2013

How To Sew Fitted Crib Sheets

At my baby shower my husband’s Aunt gave us a beautiful rocking crib to use for Delilah. The only problem was that I couldn’t fit fitted sheets that would fit the mattress. Regular crib sheets were too big and pack and play sheets were too wide. I decided to take matters into my own hands and sew some out of a craft print flannel.

My grandma taught me how to sew and then gave me her 1970s sewing machine but I’m no expert. If I can sew these you can too! Let me just warn you now that I may not use the correct sewing terminology but I tried to make up for it by adding lots of pictures. P.S. excuse any random dirtiness on my floors. I have three kids and no dog to pick up the mess.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

What you need:

  • Fabric (I used flannel)
  • Elastic
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors

To find out how much fabric you need measure the mattress and the width of the mattress. Since this mattress was only two inches wide I took the length+width and added 6 more inches for the seems and to allow for the sheet to tuck under. I did the same thing for the height.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Then you cut out a square from each corner. I cut 7x7 inch squares out so that it left a little breathing room for the corner seems. If I cut 8x8 inch squares (the width + the 6 inches I added in) I might not be able to stretch it over the mattress when I finished.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Next take the two edges (marked below with arrows) and put them together so that the right sides of the fabric are touching and pin.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial 

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Do this to all four corners.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Take it to your sewing machine and sew each one. Then press the seems open.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Now fold the bottom edge over 1/4 inch and press along the entire sheet.

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Fold again and repeat. Since my elastic is 5/8 of an inch I folded my fabric over a little more than an inch this time.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Take it to your sewing machine and hem all along the edge leaving an few inch gap to thread your elastic through. I always pin the end of my elastic because it makes it easier to push it through. The size of your elastic will again depend on the size of your mattress. I took my length+length+height+height and added a few inches, In the end I had enough left over that I could gauge where I wanted to cut off the excess.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Once your finished threading it though put the two ends of the elastic together with right sides touching and sew them together. Tuck them in and sew up your hole.

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Now you are finished. The large piece of fabric you started with should look something like what you see below. Time to stretch it across the mattress and put that baby to sleep!

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Fitted Crib Sheet Sewing Tutorial

Enjoy,

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4 comments:

  1. this kind of project overwhelms me but i totally want custom sheets!!

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  2. Thank you so much! I'm converting my little toddlers' old crib into an outdoor bench so I'm having to make a fitted sheet with outdoor fabric. We'll see how that turns out lol. Thanks so muh for the help and pics.

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  3. Thanks Kelsey! I have a similar crib that I am passing onto my daughter. I had to make my own sheets (way back when) and I needed a refresher.
    Your pictures and explanation looks super!

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