How to Make a Crib Sheet

I did a small custom sewing job last week making crib sheets. It's been so long since I've made any crib, or bassinette sheets that I had to figure out the process all over again -- so I though I would document, and share. It's relatively easy to make a crib sheet, but it is rather time consuming to feed the elastic through the casing, so be prepared for that. Of course, you could always sew the elastic to the fabric instead of using a casing as I did for this tutorial.Click "Read more" to continue

This sheet will fit a standard size crib mattress (6" tall/deep)

What you'll need:

2 yards of 44"- 45" wide fabric (for knit fabric, you'll still need 2 yards even though knits are usually 54" - 60" wide -- trim the width to about 44")

2 yards of 1/4" elastic

2 safety pins

A ruler, and either a disappearing ink pen or tailors chalk 

Pre-wash your fabric.

Step 1: 
Lay the fabric out flat (no fold) with the right side up.

Bring the top right corner down to the selvege edge, so that the cut edge is even with the selvege. Draw a line from the fold to the cut/selvege edge at the 10" mark.

Sew the folded fabric together along that line. Repeat for the remaining 3 corners.

Step 2:

Draw a line 1/4" outside the seam.

Trim the corner of along the line you just drew. Do this on all 4 corners.

Optional: Use an over-cast (over-edge) stitch to finish the edges you just cut.

Turn the over-cast edges to one side, and anchor the sheet (just one layer of the fabric) with a straight stitch.

Step 3:
Sew a straight stitch 1/4" from the edge all the way around the sheet. Press under along the stitch line. Ha -- that was easier than measuring 1/4" all the way around the sheet, wasn't it?

Now turn and press the edge in 1/2" all the way around the sheet, and sew close to the edge to make a casing for the elastic. Don't forget to leave a little opening to insert the elastic!

Step 4:
Place a safety pin on one end of the elastic. Use another safety pin to attach the other end of the elastic near the opening of the casing -- nothing more frustrating than losing the end of your elastic half-way through feeding.

Insert the safety pin on the free end of the elastic, and feed it through the casing. After you bring it all the way through the casing, remove both safety pins, and sew the 2 ends of the elastic together.

Sew the casing opening closed.

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