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)
- Sewing Machine
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.
Pick 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.
Fold 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.
Sew along the line and trim off the triangle. Repeat for all four corners.
Reinforce 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)
Stick 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.