How to Make Baby Bed Sheets
Follow the steps below to create bed sheets which fit standard U.S. baby mattresses (27-28″wide, 51-52″long, and 3-6″deep).
- Prepare a fabric rectangle that measures 68″x 45″.
- Cut an 8″square template out of cardstock or poster board, and then align the template with one corner of your fabric, trace and cut out the corner.
- Repeat on the remaining three corners.
- Sew all the raw edges of your fabric with zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.
- Align the edges of cut corners, keeping the right sides of the fabric together. Pin the corner and sew it with a 5/8″seam allowance. Repeat on the remaining three corners. Never forget to back-stitch the beginning and the end of your seam for strength.
- Create a small casing along the edge for the elastic. Crease a 5/8″flap around the entire edge of the fabric with a hot iron, and keep the wrong sides together.
- Mark a starting point (one pin) and stopping point (two pins) at the center of one long side.
- Starting where you marked the fabric with one pin, sew all the way around the sheet with a 1/2″seam allowance.
- Stop at your two pins mark to leave a small opening in the casing.
- Cut an 80″x 1/4″elastic. Pin one end to the sheet. Attach another safety pin to the free end.
- Insert the free end of elastic into the casing, and thread it all the way through to the other side of opening.
- Overlap your elastic ends about 2″, and run a zigzag stitch around them.
- Pull the elastic back into the casing and sew the opening shut.