Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Make your own crib sheets tutorial...

Each sheet takes a little over an hour of time, but you'll love how these sheets hold up to washings compared to commercially produced nursery sheets.  Plus, you have the advantage of selecting fabric to match the decor you want for the room.

Each sheet will take 2 yards of cotton fabric measuring at least 44" wide.  Wash the fabric in hot water and dry on hot.  Shrink it now and not later!!  This is very important and it took a few sheets before I learned my lesson.

Now cut your washed fabric to 43" wide by 66 1/2" in length.

From each corner, cut out a 6 1/2" square.  This is for a mitered corner.
Serge or zigzag any raw edges.
At each corner bring together the right sides of the fabric (where you cut out the 6 1/2" square) and sew a 1/2" seam. 
Serge or finish off this seams at each corner.
Press the seams to one side and stitch the seam allowances down.  This reinforces the mitered corners for when monkeys are jumping on the bed.

Press a 1/2" hem around the entire edge of the crib sheet.
At each corner you'll make a casing for elastic to be inserted.  I use 12" total at each end.  
Stitch down the seam allowance.
Cut a 6 1/2" piece of elastic for each corner.  Put a safety pin at one end and thread the elastic through the casing.
At each end of the casing, stitch the elastic securely in place with your sewing machine.  Remove the safety pin.
Each corner should look like this.
After completing each corner, finish off each side by stitching down the 1/2" pressed hem allownace.
Looks like I finished this one just in time because UPS just brought the rest of the fabric for me to finish off the quilt.

For the pink and grey nursery.
P.S.  For a Pack and Play sheet:  Wash and dry a 1 1/4 yard piece of fabric.  Cut a 41" square from your fabric.  Cut out a 2" square from each corner.  Use 1/2" seam allowances and follow the directions for sewing the crib sheet.  Have fun sewing!


  1. Good heavens, this is cute. I want your sewing machine, by the way. When are you going out of town again? Maybe I'll ... visit.

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  2. I deleted my last comment due to all the spelling errors! :) I called Penn Yan and my machine should be ready in a few days. Would you like me to drop off your machine for an overhaul when I pick mine up?

  3. Nice tutorial Patricia. I received my fabric and it's even better than I thought especially the geometric.
    Thanks too for the freebie. Chris

  4. Glad your fabric arrived safely Chris! Can't wait to see what you create with it.

  5. What a clever idea, and a great tutorial. Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to use this cute pattern for a grandchild. Love you pink and gray quilt!