Saturday, March 24, 2012

How to make your own crib sheets - inspired by Strictly Homemade

Have you ever looked in the stores for the most perfect baby bedding and not found anything you loved? Or have you looked at the prices and thought, woah, I will definitely not buy that from PBKids. :) Well, no need to fret! With just a few stitches and some elastic, you can MAKE YOUR OWN crib sheets! That means polk-a-dots, cars, trains, trucks, gingham, stripes or solids....you name it and you can make it!

A few weeks ago I came across a tutorial at the blog Strictly Homemade that got my mind spinning! It was a tutorial that showed you how to make your own crib sheets. Genius, Maridith!!
 CLICK HERE to see the tutorial.



We went to Hobby Lobby the other day and came across this cupcake fabric. Catherine (my 2 year old) said, "I want dat, Momma. Yook, it's tupcakes." Well, any 2 year old fabric loving girl is a girl that will get her wishes! So I scooped up 1 and 3/4 yards of it and headed home to wash it and get started.

My mattress was a little shorter than Maridith's, so I adjusted it. Here's a quick recap:

1. Cut your fabric to size. I cut it to 67 inches LONG x 44 inches WIDE (or the width of your fabric). This is a rectangle. Easy, right?
2. Hem all sides 1 inch. HOW? Fold up each side 1/2 an inch, iron, fold it up another 1/2 an inch. Iron and pin. Sew all 4 sides along the pinned edges.
3. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, then widthwise. Where your corners meet (not along the fold)cut out an 8 inch square at each corner through all layers. When you open it up you have cut out an 8 inch square at each corner. Great!
4. Pin corners right sides together and sew. Trim threads.
5. Cut 4 strips of 1/8 inch elastic that are 12 inches long each.
6. Starting 8 inches away from the corner fold, place your elastic, sew a few stitches and then pull your elasitc taut (tightly) as you sew your elastic along the middle of the elastic to keep it in place. You will sew it towards the corner then extend it past the corner another 8 inches until you reach the end of the elastic. Your elastic will gather the corners of the sheet to hold it in place on the mattress.
7. Repeat for all corners.
8. Put on the bed and enjoy!
9. Next...think about a new bedskirt :)




All the baby dolls love her new sheet, too.



John Patrick loved clowning around in the crib, too!


And after all that sewing, Catherine said, "Don't take my picture, take my toesies picture."
She's our Lady Cakes!
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