Project 3: DIY Crib Sheets


Last weekend Eric and I started shopping for the baby. Do you how how hard it is to find gender neutral, modern and affordable crib sheets? They basically do not exist. When shopping for crib sheets your choices are basically limited to baby blue, baby pink or baby green. Just because I don’t know the gender of my baby doesn’t mean I want to decorate with pale green. I was so disappointed with the selection of stylish yet affordable crib sheets that I decided I was going to make my own. 

If you are simply looking to save money, head down to Babies R Us, who carries crib sheets for as little as $15. If you want something a little more custom and stylish, this tutorial is for you. When all was said and done, I spent about $20.00 per sheet set. You could probably lower the cost if you hunted for fabric in the discount bin.

This is a really easy way to sew a crib sheet. Trust me, you can do this! It requires minimal measuring and no pinning. It can also be completed in less than hour. I did this after work yesterday and still had time to make dinner and clean the kitchen before Eric got home from work. 



  • 100% Cotton Fabric in a print of your choice (66 inches long, 42 inches wide)
  • 1 Package of Jumbo Braided elastic (I used just under 2.7 meters/2.9 yards)
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread


According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a standard crib in the USA is 28inches wide and 65 inches long. The height of my mattress is 6 inches tall. These are the specifications I used to make my fitted crib sheet.

Before you start sewing, make sure to wash, dry and iron your fabric. There is nothing worse than finishing a project and having it shrink.

Lay your fabric down on the floor, right side facing down. Centre your crib mattress on top of your piece of fabric. There should be about 7 inches between the edge of the mattress and the edge of your fabric. 7 inches should be enough to wrap around all four sides of your crib mattress.

crib-sheetsPick a corner of your fabric. Use a ruler to outline a square from the corner of your mattress to the corner of your fabric. Repeat this step on all four corners. To get a better idea of what I mean, see the photo below.

crib-sheets1Fold the square you that you just drew in half (right sides of the fabric together). At this point, the 2 lines you drew should match up. 

crib-sheets2Sew along the line and trim off the triangle. Repeat for all four corners.

crib-sheets3Reinforce the seam by either surging or finishing it off with a zigzag stitch. Repeat for all four corners.

Now it’s time to add your elastic! When sewing elastic on fabric, begin by securing it to the fabric with a few stitches from your sewing machine. Stretch the elastic while sewing a zig zag stitch over the stretched elastic and the fabric of your sheet. I used just under one package of elastic (2.7 meters/2.9 yards)

crib-sheets4Stick your crib sheet on your mattress and admire your handy work!


I am so excited about how these sheets turned out. They are easy to sew, stylish and not crazy expensive at $20.00 a pop. Perfect for mom’s and dad’s that are looking for stylish gender neutral sheets. 

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  1. says

    Great Tute!

    I was looking for a tute for covering a dog grooming table with terry cloth fabric and elastic — your tutorial apparently has many uses. Great job and, thanks!

    P.S. Your sheet is fantastic! Pam

  2. Patti says

    Love this tutorial for any size sheet. I like the pattern you picked out. I laugh about your gender neutral problems… we thought our baby was a girl (mainly because we were older parents and knew that the odds were for a girl) and so our baby boy enjoyed a beautiful lavender baby room for a couple of years. : )

  3. Jb Whitesell says

    Love love love the stripes. So fresh and clean. The tutorial is clear and easy to follow, great job. I also love the knitted kitty(?)Dolls. Do you have a pattern for them?

  4. says

    Patti: AT least he was young enough not to care! The rug we bought for our baby room is more pink than I expected… if I have a boy he will be in the same boat as yours!

  5. says

    Glad to hear this tutorial will also work out for your fur baby! I am puppy sitting right now and I have to say, I am smitten with this little dog!

  6. MMW says

    Very cute project! This will be perfect to match the perfect crib sheet to the nursery. So much more cost effective then the adorable ones on Etsy! What was the width on the elastic? I know it says Jumbo. . . but I am trying to figure out which you used. Thank you!


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