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).

  1. Prepare a fabric rectangle that measures 68″x 45″.
  2. 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.
  3. Repeat on the remaining three corners.
  4. Sew all the raw edges of your fabric with zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Mark a starting point (one pin) and stopping point (two pins) at the center of one long side.
  8. Starting where you marked the fabric with one pin, sew all the way around the sheet with a 1/2″seam allowance.
  9. Stop at your two pins mark to leave a small opening in the casing.
  10. Cut an 80″x 1/4″elastic. Pin one end to the sheet. Attach another safety pin to the free end.
  11. Insert the free end of elastic into the casing, and thread it all the way through to the other side of opening.
  12. Overlap your elastic ends about 2″, and run a zigzag stitch around them.
  13. Pull the elastic back into the casing and sew the opening shut.

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