Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DIY Fitted Crib Sheets

This last Sunday our granddaughter made us great grandparents, 8 weeks early.  Kaylee and Sophia each weigh less than 3 pounds.  They are healthy but very tiny.  We went through this once before when a grandson was born 7 weeks early, and he weighed just over 3 lbs.  Well, when we went to see the new little ones at the hospital, the other grandparents and great grandparents were all shook up about things that were not ready for the girls to be here.  One of the things mentioned were sheets for the two cribs.  Well I know how to make them, they are easy.  So I went home bought fabric and made 4 sets.  They are white, so that they can be bleached as needed.  This is how to make fitted crib sheets. 
Supplies:
70” x 45” (178cm x 114 cm) 100% cotton materials (buy 2 yards and preshrink it)
2 yards (183 cm) - ¼” (6mm) elastic
Sewing machine (not shown)
Thread (not shown)
9” x 9” (23cm x 23cm) square piece of paper
Iron
Scissors
Straight pins
If you haven’t, already, wash and dry the material, for this preshrinks it, so that it will not shrink any more, when washed again.  Next I took the iron and on “cotton” heat ironed the fabric so that the edges will be flat and easy to work with.  To make the next part easier, I fold the four (4) corners of the soon to be sheet together, one on top of each other lined up as evenly as possible.
Next cut a piece of paper to be 9” x 9” (23cm x 23cm) square.  I put the paper on top of the corners as evenly as possible.
Using the square as my pattern, I cut out all 4 corners at once.
Now comes the part, where you grab the two sides left over from the cut out square corner and pin them together from the edges to the center of the cut.
Sew this closed with a ¼ inch (6mm) seam.
Repeat with the other 3 corners, making sure the seams are all on the same side of the sheet.   
Now fold down the edge of the sheet, ¼ inch (6mm), and sew this edge down.  This does not need to be perfect because it will be under the mattress and will rarely be seen.
Final step: change your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch, then starting on one of the corners, on the inside of the sheet, place the end of the elastic and tack it down by running the stitch back a forth a few times.  Then holding down the fabric, stretch the elastic as far as it will go and zigzag it to the edge of the material.
When the material goes past the sewing needle, the elastic relaxes and gathers the material. Stop as need to re-stretch the elastic and keep going until you get to where you started.
I don't have access to a crib so I don't have a picture of it on a crib. Sorry about that.
This is how to fold this sheet, so that it can be stored on a shelf until needed.  Lay the sheet out on a flat surface the elastic side up and in the middle. 
Fold it in half length wise. 
Then fold it in half, bottom to top
and fold it in half one more time.  Now it is neat enough to be put on a shelf in a linen closet, or where ever it is you store sheets.  Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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