Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pinspiration Sunday: DIY Crib Sheet

So after discovering we were having a baby girl the next thing we had to think about was the nursery. I searched on Pinterest for some bedding ideas and I found a beautiful set that was completely out of our budget. So then I decided to scour the site for DIY tutorials. Now, as I have stated before, I'm not a seamstress but I will try my hand at a project. This tutorial from Pretty Prudent was just up my alley. It's fairly quick and simple especially for a novice like me. So let's get to it. Here's how I made mine which was to fit a standard crib mattress:

at least 2 yards of fabric of your choice will work for a standard crib mattress--I actually bought 3 yards of a baby soft flannel fabric I figured I could make something extra with the leftovers
Thread to match fabric
one yard of elastic (I used 1/2" width and the originally tutorial called for 3/4")
washing machine

Start by washing and drying your fabric. This part I usually skip for projects but I really wanted to do this project correctly so I was sure not to skip this first step. This is in case fabric shrinks, you don't want that to happen after you've finished. Once it was dry I ironed the entire piece.
Next cut the fabric to 68 inches long. I used a standard fabric which was about 45" wide so I left that width. 
Then cut an 8 X 8 inch square out of each corner. (Apparently I forgot to take pictures of this, sorry guys). 

Turn the fabric so face side to face side and sew each one of the corners together with a straight stitch.

Next you are going to fold, pin, iron and sew a hem along all four sides with a straight stitch. If you place the pins like mine, you can sew right over them and then take them out later.

Now it's time to sew the elastic into the corners. Cut your yard of elastic into four equal sections which will be 9" long. You are going to pin your elastic to the under side of the crib sheet and stretch it from one end of the elastic to the other. I started by folding my elastic section in half and pinning that in the seam of that crib sheet corner. Then I stretched the elastic out from the corner to one end and pinned it wherever it ended on the crib sheet. Then did it to the other end. You'll have 3 pins holding the elastic, one on each end and one in the middle. The crib fabric will be loose between these pins. Next comes the sewing.

You will need to find which setting is used on your machine. My setting looked very different from the tutorial I followed. I used the stitch for the setting 05. Be sure yours is set correctly for your machine.

 As you sew you are going to pull and stretch the elastic tight across your fabric. Pull both from behind the pressure foot and in front of the machine. Sew the entire length of the elastic. Repeat these steps on the last 3 corners. Your finished corners should look something like this. The fabric will now be attached and gathered.

As you can see it took me awhile to get the hang of this stitch.
Once those corners are finished, so are you! Your crib sheet is ready to be placed on the mattress.

Now step back and enjoy your handy work (I know I did!).
Now I gotta get started on the bed skirt and bumper...wish me luck!

 I hope you guys liked this tutorial. Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!

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