How Are Bed Sheets Made

Bed sheet, a flat-woven textile, is used on a bed between the occupant of a bed and the warm blanket above. Bed sheets can generally be divided into two categories: fitted sheets and flat sheets.

How to make fitted sheets

  1. Measure the width, depth, and length of your mattress.
  2. Cut a piece of fabric according to measurements.
  3. Mark corner. Measure over the depth of the mattress plus 8 inches from the corner of the fabric along one outer edge, and then mark this spot. Measure up the depth of the mattress plus 8 inches from the marked spot, and mark this spot. Draw a line connecting that dot to the mark on the edge of the sheet, and draw another line connecting the dot to the edge of the fabric on the other side.
  4. Cut out the square by following the lines you drew.
  5. Fold the fabric and bring the cut edges of each corner together.
  6. Pin the cut edges together at each corner.
  7. Sew the cut edges together with a .5-inch seam allowance.
  8. Sew fitted sheets by folding the hems over .5 inch.
  9. Fold and pin the hems over another .5 inch.
  10. Sew the hems of the homemade fitted sheet.
  11. Cut 4 pieces of elastic that measure 16-inches long.
  12. Thread 1 piece of elastic through the hem in 1 corner of the sheet.
  13. Sew the elastic in place on both sides of the corner.
  14. Thread the elastic through the hems on the remaining 3 corners.

How to make flat sheets

  1. Cut out your sheeting according to the dimensions for your bed size.
  2. Pin top trim to top edge of bottom half of flat sheet. Sew 3/4 seam allowance. Over-lock seam edges together. Press seam towards top trim. Press back 3/4 turning back towards wrong side of top trim.
  3. Fold back the top trim in half and make sure edge covers seam. Then, pin place to secure and edge stitch in place near edge.
  4. Press back bottom hem 1 towards wrong side.
  5. Turn back bottom hem again 1 towards wrong side and edge stitch in place.
  6. Press side edges 1/2 towards wrong side.
  7. Turn back side edges again 1/2 towards wrong side and edge stitch in place.

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