Since it's not very frightful outside yet, I'm bringing the season inside and pairing it up in a tutorial. Haha, yes, it's a very seasonal crib sheet. Obviously though, you can use whatever!
I went down to Joann's with my nifty 50% off fabric coupon, grabbed two yards of this stuff for about $4.00! You can't find a crib sheet anywhere for that amount, let alone a custom one eh?
Alright, let's get started....
You will need:
2 yds. fabric of your choice
1 yd. of 3/4" elastic (smaller would work too)
reg. sewing stuff...scissors, pins, sewing machine, etc.
Take your material and fold it in half width wise so you have an extremely long rectangle. Your fabric should have a 44/45" width and if so cut the length to 68". It'll be almost all of the 2 yds. So you should have a large rectangle that is 68" long x 44/45" wide when you unfold it. (P.S. This should fit all standard size crib mattresses.)
Can you see my little pencil tracing? You make that square 8x8" and cut out all 4 corners. So it should look like this on all your corners.....
Fold the corners together (with right sides facing in) and sew a straight stitch to close it up. You should have a pocket now :) Repeat on the other 3 corners.
After they are all sewn up, you'll need to hem around the entire sheet. It'll be worth is, and look all polished and beautiful when you're done, I promise :D
K, once you're hemmed up, cut 4 9" pieces of elastic. Pin it to the inside (which is now the wrong side.) Make sure you stretch it pretty tight and pin it. This is the way I do it.
I pin one end, stretch it over and pin it on the other end. Then, stretch again, and put a pin in the middle. When you pull it taut, it should line up nicely and not be too small or too long. Make sense?
The last pic is when I started actually sewing, you want to pull it tight the whole time, so it bunches up when released. Sew on a zigzag stitch for a maximum hold, and be sure to reverse on the beginning and end so it will knot. Repeat on all 4 sides.
And you should have yourselves a very easy, cute and custom crib sheet! Congrats! Eventually I want to get some darling Amy Butler fabric or something like that to make one. Stores have ultra basic bedding (I think), and this is a great way to spice up your sweet baby's room :D :D :D
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