Do you have the same problems I do? I can never find little kid bedsheets that I just LOVE… or want to match to their room. I know I could probably go just get any sheet from wherever, but when I go and look I never find what I want and then what my mind says… “you can make something cuter than that and for LESS!” Thus, that’s what I do!
Sheets are so easy to Make! They are one of the easiest ways to change up a bed or look of a room too. In my eyes, they are like throw pillow covers. When I get tired of what’s on my couches… I simply put different pillow covers over my couch pillows and WAHLA!!! The room is new and fresh again. Bedsheets works the exact same way! It’s the perfect look I want for my son’s room and it cost me only $14 Total… with better quality material as well! I’ve even made a toddler bed sheet out of an old college sheet I already had… thus it was FREE!
- 2 yards of cotton fabric
- elastic (about 65inches long) x (1/4- 1/2 an inch thick) I’ve used different thicknesses and it’s worked just fine.
- Sewing machine
- safety pin … or something to pull the elastic through your opening and and around the sheet.
3- Take your ruler, or a square, and measure from the corner of the mattress all the way to the edge of the material and make a line. Then make another line going perpendicular to that same line from the same corner. This makes a square in the corner of each corner. Sounds way more complicated that it is… see pictures for further reference!
5- Do this for all four corners.
6- This looks tricky but, on one corner, take the two edges that you just cut and lay them onto of each other. Right sides together. This is going to make one corner of your sheet
Above is how it looks when you fold the sheet and line up the 2 corners of the square on top of each other. Below is how it looks when they are exactly lined up. Pin it in place and then sew.
7- Sew or serge a straight stitch about 1/2 inch away from the edge. Because I don’t have a serger, I did a zig-zag stitch in-between the edge of the material and the straight stitch to give it extra strength… especially because it’s going to get stretched and pulled on with the elastic.
Here is what one corner will look like after I was finished sewing.
And what it’ll look like flipped right side out. One corner done 😀
8- You now have sewn up all the corners and need to sew around all the edges of the sheet. Fold about one inch down from all the remaining edges of the material and pin.
I didn’t measure exactness… I just eyeballed it a bit, folded, pinned and then sewed around it.
9- When you sew the outer edge remember that you have to fit your elastic around and through the tube that you are creating, so sew your straight edge close to the edge of the cut material, not the folded edge.
**** REMEMBER TO KEEP AN OPENING OR YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO GET YOUR ELASTIC IN AND PULL IT AROUND YOUR MATERIAL!
10- Take your elastic and put your safety pin through it to help guide it around the tube you just now created at the edge of your sheet.
11- Keep scrunching away and pulling it through.
****Make sure you HOLD ON TO THE END OF YOUR ELASTIC! DON’T LET IT GO ALL THE WAY THROUGH OR YOU’LL HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN!
12- Once you get to the end, SAFETY PIN the elastic together. I know it’s no big deal if I have to pull the elastic through again… but It’s something I never want to do, so I always make sure to attach the two ends together just incase something happens.
13-Then sew your elastic ends together! zig-zag it a couple of times and make sure it’s attached well.
TA DA!!!! One finished bed sheet! Just how I wanted it. And for less than I could even buy one!!!