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Date: 9/28/12 8:59 AM

I want to make some crib sheets for my friend. I am we'll past the baby years and don't have a crib mattress to go by. I see only one thread in the boards section regarding how to do this but it is several years old and am wondering if the mattresses have changed since then. I've done the you tube thing and have seen a few different ways to do this. Has anyone out there made crib sheets before? And do you have any suggestions or fool proof methods you could share with me?

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Date: 9/28/12 9:32 AM

I've made them and they are definitely easy. Make sure the fabric you purchase is wide enough. A lot of what is being sold is more narrow than what you used to find at 44/45". I cut 8" squares from the corners, serged the raw edges but left the selvages alone. I believe the directions I found said to use 3 yards of elastic. I felt that was too much and preferred 80-90". I like the elastic to go all the way around instead of just in the corners. You don't want the sheets popping off. I divided the elastic and fabric into 4th's and then 8th's (like an elastic waist), lowered the knife on my serger, and just serged it on. I know my DIL is still using them for baby #2 four years later.

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Date: 9/28/12 9:41 AM

It is very easy! I've made a few recently. Basically you start with a rectangle 45" X 72". Then you cut out an 8" x 8" square at each corner. (Fold it with all the corners together and cut once.) Hem or finish the ends - the long edges are selvedges and don't need finishing.

Stitch your corner seams with French seams.

You can either make casings and insert elastic, but even quicker and easier is to sew the elastic directly on the corners. I think I cut a 10" piece of 3/4" inch elastic and extend it 8" beyond each corner (can't remember exactly, but I stretch it far enough to draw the corner in tightly.) I sew it down with a wide zig zag stitch. If you want, you can apply elastic all the way around the sheet.

Done.

Here is the only problem I have had. It is easy to make this without cutting or measuring if you buy 2 yds (72") of 45" wide fabric....BUT...if the fabric shrinks then the sheet will be too small. The last sheet I made, the 45" X 72" cut of fabric I bought shrank nearly 10%.

If you choose a fabric that shrinks, the only thing you can do is buy 60" fabric and extra length to allow for the shrinkage, but then you have to measure and cut the fabric after shrinking which makes the project a little more difficult. But still, it is a quick, easy project which can be done in about a hour.

-- Edited on 9/28/12 9:49 AM --

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Date: 9/28/12 10:01 AM

I just made 3 sheets yesterday for my daycare. The width is usually fine for my purposes, but most of mine go on daycare mats rather than a full sized crib now. I do measure after washing and if the width is not enough I will add a strip of coordinating fabric. Since I made my method up before youtube, it never occurred to me to cut out squares in the corners. I fold the corners into a triangle, with the long side lined up with the short side, measure in 6 inches from the point and serge it right off.

You can finish the raw ends before or after doing the corners. A straight serge works fine, but if you want them "pretty", you could do a narrow turned hem. Mine spend most of their lives in a darkened room, so just serging is easiest and stands up well to repeated washings. Since I don't have a serger at work, yesterday's got a single turn and zig zag down.

My favourite elastic application is a full casing sewed around the entire sheet, but again, that is fancier than I need at work. Some lucky friends of mine will get that treatment for a shower gift, though. For work, for a little $ saver, I use 10 - 12" of 3/8" elastic. Quarter it, putting one quarter on the short side and 3/4 on the long side. I usually pin the elastic in whichever corner I will be sewing toward, but found myself without pins yesterday and found it worked well to just put the 1/4 mark at the corner, pull the elastic to its full length from there, let go of the corner and just stretch and sew (wide zig zag) to the end. It worked great.

Do make sure you get enough elastic in there and make the sheet wide enough so it goes well over the edges. Some of the commercial, cheapie sheets are too narrow and don't have enough elastic to hold them on the mattress. I have seen enough restless sleepy babes and toddlers over the years to set off safety concerns about little ones getting entangled in them.

I don't want to end on that gloomy note, so I will say that sewing sheets and bibs etc. for babies is a fantastic way to feed my flannelette addiction! I love sewing with it to the extent that I actually pieced a bib front from scraps the other day (I am NOT a quilter!) and turned the bib pattern diagonally to make a really funky looking fun bib. I am taking it in to work today and I know there will be one little girl at least who will love to see it!

ETA - the little corner chunks go straight to my kitchen to be used for wiping out our egg pan. They work better than paper towel but still disposable.
-- Edited on 9/28/12 3:42 PM --

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Date: 9/28/12 4:24 PM

Thanks for the information. I went out right after I posted my question and bought some fabric. I bought only 2 yards and didn't even think about the shrink factor. I have the fabric in the wash right now. I'll have to measure as soon as it comes out of the dryer.

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Date: 9/28/12 7:24 PM

I always buy 3 yards of cotton flannel so I can use the extra to make a blanket. Here are the instructions I use: http://www.andsewitis.net/projects/sheets.shtml

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Date: 9/28/12 8:31 PM

Good idea. I'll check out the website too.

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Date: 9/28/12 10:05 PM

FYI - standard crib measurement is 52*28*5 (possibly 6" deep)

I did a few of these for DH great nephew last year. 45" flannelette needed 4 full Hot washes and Hot dries before it finally stopped shrinking. Then it was not wide enough. You definitely want enough to wrap completely under the mattress.

I seamed a strip to make it wide enough (maybe added 4") then did like the others - a 72 inch long rectangle, cut out 8 inch squares from each corner, serged the corners and zigzagged 1/4 inch elastic around the whole edge (I think I measured the length and took 80% for the elastic length)

They were pretty easy (other than the elastic LOL)

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Date: 9/28/12 11:18 PM

You do want them to be tight on the mattress, so don't worry too much about being too small. There is quite a variation in mattress depth though, and you should check on that or just make them extra deep and tighten the elastic a little more.

I made a few when my grandson was first born and they ended up too loose; I remodeled them when my granddaughter was born and added a few new ones.

I had a lot of Lycra Binding Strips, so I used that on the edges. I didn't measure it, but just stretched it a lot as I applied it.
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Date: 9/29/12 8:14 AM

My standard is buy 2 yards of cotton for a 68" length and full width, pre-shrink, cut out 8" corners and French seam or serge them, use 80" elastic. I prefer the tunnel method so 1/4" elastic won't be stretched out too much at one point but will be free to stretch around corners.
You can also piece sheets using quilt panels of animals, alphabet, etc. which gives a toddler something to talk to waking up! Use 2/3-3/4 of a center print and then a matching stripe/polka dot for the ends.

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