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Date: 8/1/13 7:35 AM

I have a new mattress which is a deep king and I have quite a few king sized sets that the fitted sheet won't fit. I bought a new deep pocket set but have been thinking how I could adapt some of those I own. Maybe not feasible and I should just buy a couple of new sets and use the not fitting ones for making pillowcases or pjs or muslins. I just have some really nice ones and it's annoying not to be able to use them especially a flannel set I got at the end of winter last year. Anybody got ideas for adding in fabric or adjusting fitted ones to deeper mattresses or making them usable.

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Date: 8/1/13 7:45 AM

I suggest to add extra length to the corners and use a piece of 1" wide elastic going between the corners, on a diagonal, to hold them down.

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Date: 8/1/13 8:29 AM

Ahh a possible solution. I have brain freeze on solving this issue. To add fabric at the corners as you are suggesting ,would I take out the corner seams,add and resew adding new elastic and casing. I am usually good at figuring things out but these seamed corners are defeating me when it comes to redoing them. Some of my sets are white or beige and I have plenty of sheets that fabric could be harvested from to make amends so the redo probably wouldn't be too unsightly. I could just buy new deep pocket fitted but am obsessed with thinking about a fis and all of you are so clever at problem solving I figure some of you have already thought out whether there 's a reasonable rescue to this problem. I like the idea of the elastic keepers sewn across just unsure of how to approach the adding fabric at the corners or ends.

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Subject: fitted sheets that dont fit Date: 8/1/13 12:55 PM

I have sheet garters since my husband and I both are just hard on sheets. It was easier then sewing elastic to it for me, but I have an old set from my mother (a barely used queen for an old sofa couch) that she did it to.

Both still pull up but not as often.

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Date: 8/1/13 2:32 PM

I've sewn elastic across the corners without adding anything to the sheet. Sew the elastic about on each side about one foot from the corner. I angle the elastic so the tension was even, not pulling on one side, so the elastic wouldn't have 1 side taking more abuse.
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??? not sure why the distance from the corner not showing up....
it should be about 1 foot
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Date: 8/1/13 3:05 PM

Dh and I take turns at tossing and turning when we can't sleep. Maybe I best sew the elastic. Thanks for helping me figure this out.

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Date: 8/1/13 3:06 PM

Very helpful to know how far from corner to put the silastic. Thanks for the help.

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Subject: fitted sheets that dont fit Date: 8/1/13 4:14 PM

I have sometimes cut off the elastic (this assumes the elastic goes all the way around the sheet, not just at the corners or ends) about 2 or 3 inches from the elastic edge. Then add a strip of sheeting (chose the width by how much extra you need to make the sheet fit comfortabley) to the edges of the sheet and elastic piece you cut. You'll need to piece that strip to make it long enough, but you won't have to do any sort of calculations other than figuring the depth you need plus the seam allowances.

You could sew french seams or flat fell or just regular seams, folded to one side and topstitched.

It's not elegant, but it works and if the colors are similar, really won't show much.

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Date: 8/1/13 8:47 PM

Add a wedge of fabric to the corner; don't cut the seam apart. Then used the keepers (what looks like garters to me) on the diagonal.

Don't feel bad about doing this; I often thought of doing the same with mine, but I'm too lazy.

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Date: 8/1/13 10:06 PM

This sounds very workable. I think I really don't mind the second fabric as long as it blends happily. I have two sets of almost new flannels that I am definitely going to fix before winter. I have a lot of king sets-just seems a shame especially with the flannels to not fix them. I was also thinking of adding a border to the the top sheets and some machine embroidery so it looks deliberately done. At least that is what I am day dreaming for a fix.

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