Quick and Easy Crib Sheets

February 19, 2013 in Projects

Well, it finally happened. Our house was invaded by the stomach flu. It started last week with my niece, Evelyn, and slowly invaded our house. Eight people later, I am hoping it is over.

It created more laundry than I could have imagined, and I ran out of crib sheets. What?!? How does that even happen?? Thank goodness for some stashed away dinosaur fabric, and I had a crib sheet whipped up in no time!

Totally Stitchin': DIY Crib Sheet

Crib sheets are quick and easy to make and such a bargain. Plus, they are great because you get to personalize it with the fabric of your choice.

– 2 Yards of fabric 45″ wide, washed and ironed

– 80″ of 1/4″ elastic

– Baby Lock Sewing Machine

– Pins, scissors, safety pin, iron

Now it’s time to sew!


1. Cut fabric to 68 x 45″.

2. Next fold fabric in half lengthwise. Cut an 8″ x 8″ square from each unfolded corner (you will end up with four scrap squares.) It should look like the photo above.

Totally Stitchin': DIY Crib Sheet


3. Take the sides of each corner that you just cut and fold with the right side of fabric meeting each other and pin the edge.

Totally Stitchin': DIY Crib Sheets
Sew down the edge with a straight stich, making sure to back stitch at the top of your corner to reinforce. You are creating the pocket of your sheet that will go around the mattress. Repeat for remaining three corners.

Totally Stitchin': DIY Crib Sheet

4. Next, fold down yor raw edge about 1/4″, iron, then fold the edge again 1/2″ and iron. If you have a serger, you could use it on your raw edge and just fold it 1/2″ and iron. You also don’t have to finish the edge if you don’t want to, it just makes it look nice but really who is going to see it unless it is a gift!

5. Place two pins about 1″ apart across folded edge. Using a straight stitch, sew around entire edge from pin to pin, leaving an opening between the pins. You are creating the casing that will hold the elastic.

Totally Stitchin': DIY Crib Sheet

6. Connect the safety pin to one end of the elastic. Next, place your safety pin through the opening that was left in the fabric and thread through entire casing. Make sure to hold on to the other end of the elastic so you don’t accidentally pull it through and have to start over. When you arrive back at the first pin, sew your two ends of elastic together. Make sure the two ends of elastic are secured together so it doesn’t break when you stretch it over the matress. I used a zigzag stitch for this step.

Totally Stitchin': DIY Crib Sheet

7. You are almost done! Close fabric between pins with a straight stitch and you have a crib sheet!

Totally Stitchin': DIY Crib Sheet

Put your one-of-a-kind crib sheet on the mattress and admire your great work!

Totally Stitchin': DIY Crib Sheet(Please excuse the backwards crib…someone has learned how to escape!)


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