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Message Board > Creative Sewing > Any Creative ideas for bed sheets? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 3/7/13 7:30 PM

Hi Sewing Friends,
My name is Luba Parker and I am very new to any blog or let alone sewing circle.
However, I must share this very needful item that seems to be forgotten about. Bed Sheets. There must be a better way of designing them instead of the same old elastic band that really never fits properly no matter how much it costs. I know you creative people have the answers.
Blessings to everyone. and lets hit a market that is almost none existent and ready for improvements and innovations for the 21st century.
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Date: 3/8/13 0:56 AM

Not innovative in the least, I prefer a flat sheet to a fitted one. In the proper size (big enough to be well-tucked), it stays in place without problem.

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Date: 3/8/13 1:51 AM

If I had my way, I'd tie a knot in the corner of each flat sheet and use that as my bottom sheet. I'm tired of wrestling with my mattress when trying to put on an elasticized sheet! The mattress usually wins.

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Date: 3/8/13 10:14 AM

Possibly the main issue with fitted sheets is that they are the infamous "one size fits all" and mattresses aren't! If I had the time and energy, I would drape each sheet, mark the miters, sew them in and add LOTS of good elastic. Our current mattress is 2" shorter than our old one and I ranted heavily about it at the time. The good news is that it is nearly square (king size) so it seem to tolerate the bottom sheet no matter how we put it on.

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Date: 3/8/13 1:16 PM

Sheets are only sold in sets here - so you get a fitted bottom sheet whether you want one or not.

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Date: 3/8/13 3:40 PM

I make crib sheets in fun prints for my DIL (2 yards of cotton) from online measurements so they fit the thicker mattress. Kids can have fun character prints you can't find in store-bought to wake up to. One boy-type I made for grandson from a Sea Panel sold on Fabric.com, just added coordinating strips to the panel and elastic all around. Now he can talk to his various Fishies before getting out of the crib!
An older sheet that matched the room decor shrunk. Mom wanted to keep it for the new baby, so I added in solid strips at both ends and new elastic. They didn't show as they were under the mattress on the ends.
You could add inches to adult-size sheets like this too--quality King-sizes especially are expensive.
Have also seen buying Twins, which are those most often marked down, because they are for kids' beds mainly, to piece together for larger mattresses, not sure what widths they fit. Just use French seams.
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Date: 3/8/13 4:13 PM

You could try sheet suspenders. Similar to ironing board cover grippers.

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Date: 3/9/13 1:28 PM

Hi JacquiJB, Thank you for the response. You know I have never tried using the flat sheet as the mattress cover. I have seamed fabric together to just fit over my mattress and that seems to work better than the elastic kind. So I will try your suggestion using the flat sheet and see how I do.

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Date: 3/9/13 1:33 PM

Your brilliant Miss Fairchild,
I think you have an idea with the tie method. I will try your suggestion. Thanks for responding.

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Date: 3/9/13 1:41 PM

Thank you for replying gramma b, I appreciate your suggestion regarding the purchase of twin sheets on sale and seaming them, however, I am unaware of what a French seam is. May you please
explain?

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