Over the weekend I had some fun sewing a new crib sheet for my little guy. Ever since we found out we were having a baby boy, I was dreaming about his nursery. We opted to keep it neutral with greys and whites so that his toys, books and pictures would stand out. I knew I wanted to sew my own crib sheet because it was one of the easiest things I could do to add a special touch to his room. With the endless amount of fabric choices it really is limitless and you can customize the crib sheet to fit your theme or decor. Added bonus is that it is far cheaper than buying a custom crib sheet online!
I had heard so many good reviews about Spoonflower that I just had to try them out. Spoonflower, if you haven’t heard of it, is an online store for fabrics. They have some of the most gorgeous prints I’ve seen (and i’m not sponsored to say that)! Since I live in Canada, ordering from the US was a little more on the expensive side but I splurged and bought two prints. There are a tons of online fabric stores in Canada that have beautiful choices as well but I’ll save that for another post.
This also makes a fantastic baby shower gift and is a beginner friendly project!
What you’ll need:
- cotton fabric 44″ width by 68″ length. Typically quilting cotton is 44″ width already, which makes it easier. You can buy the elastic at any local fabric store.
- Current fabric: Navajo by Kimsa
Fold the raw edges under and sew a straight stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This is to prevent the fabric from unravelling over time. To get a quarter inch seam allowance line up your presser foot to the edge of the fabric and sew (see below).
To make the fitted sheet we want to make ‘pockets’. To do this, fold the fabric in half, and then fold in half again in the opposite direction so that you have all four corners at the top right. Then cut out a 8″ by 8″ square.
You then want to sew the two raw edges together that you just cut. Take your fabric and put the right sides together and match the edges, pin and sew a 1/4″ seam. Repeat 3 more times for each corner.
Great! Now you have the pockets for your fitted sheet! We just need to add the elastic so that it is extra tight and hugs around the crib mattress.
Take your elastic and place by the edge of the fabric. All you have to do is pull the elastic as you sew all the way around the sheet until you end up where you started. Important!! Use a zig zag stitch so that you can pull the elastic without the thread breaking.
You could stop here but I tend to opt for a more finished look (also great for gifts). Fold the edge of the fabric over with the elastic you just sewed on and sew 1/4″ seam all the way around the sheet. You want to use a straight stitch for this step.
You now have a crib sheet!
I love when easy projects like these come together so quickly and it can add a personal touch to a special room. It also makes such a wonderful gift for a new mom-to-be. One cannot have too many crib sheets for infants and toddlers, especially when there are times when accidents happen and your scrambling to change the sheets in the middle of the night. Am I right? Haha.