Sewing for a baby is one of the easiest things. Make a set of burp cloths, a simple receiving blanket, embellish a onesie.
It took me a while to realize, you don’t have to settle for what you see in the store. You can make almost anything. And this was one of those “duh“ moments when I discovered (after both kids had graduated from a crib) that you can make your own crib sheets! At least Owen’s still in a Toddler bed so he can reap the rewards.
The concept is simple. To make this tutorial, I just cut up an old crib sheet and went from there.
Here are the details, so that you can make your own…….
Crib sheets don’t need to be plain and white.
And if they’re for a boy, they probably shouldn’t have teddy bears on them. I’m just sayin….
Make your baby crib or toddler bed more exciting by creating your own sheets! This is a great project for any level of sewer, especially a beginner.
Okay, let’s get started!
* 2 yards of fabric
* 80 inches (204 cm) of skinny 1/4 inch elastic
* Cut out a rectangle that’s: 45 x 67 inches (114.5 x 171 cm)
* Fold that into fourths (fold it in half and in half) and cut an 8 x 8 in (20.5 x 20.5 cm) square out of the corners, so that your fabric looks like this:
Another way to do this (if you’re making multiple sheets), is to cut out a pattern piece that’s 1/4 the size of your sheet. It looks like this (or the state of Utah):
Then before cutting anything out, you can fold your fabric into fourths, lay that on top, and easily cut it out.
Okay, with your fabric cut, let’s start sewing.
* Take the two sides of one corner and bring right sides together. Pin them and sew down the side. This is creating a “pocket” of sorts, to go around the corners of the mattress. Do this to all four corners of the sheet:
* Serge the seams, zigzag or leave the seams raw.
* Serge around the entire outside of the sheet. This makes is easy to create a casing for the elastic. If you don’t have a serger, just iron your fabric over 1/4 inch all the way around and then continue to the next step….
* Iron under the entire edge of the sheet. You are creating a casing, to string very skinny elastic through.
* Sew down the casing. You don’t need to pin around the entire sheet before you sew (that takes too long) but DO pin a start and stop point so that you leave an opening to get the elastic In and Out. Start sewing from the START point, all the way around the STOP point:
* Insert the elastic. Taking your 1/4 inch wide elastic, attach a safety pin to one end, and pin the other end to the sheet. Start stringing it through the casing, all the way around till it comes out the other side:
* Overlap the ends and sew them together a few times with a zigzag stitch:
* Then sew your casing closed.
And you’re done!
Try it on!
And then make them in all sorts of colors:
Because even boys like options, right?
Sleep tight, little babe.