That being said, today I got to make a set. See, although we have a stack of fitted sheets for the crib, I only ever made one flat sheet and it's flannel. And it's hot here right now. Very hot. And poor Willow, who (like her mum) loves being tucked in at night, has been melting under a blanket. Poor wee thing. So, today, she got a nice set of cotton sheets so I can tuck her in!
You will need 3.6m (3.9 yards) of fabric, 1.2m (4') narrow elastic.
Take a piece of fabric 70"x45". 45" is a pretty standard width for many fabrics, especially cottons, so this means you don't have to cut the long sides. Huzzah.
Cut 9" squares out of each corner. I do this by folding it in half and in half again, then cutting all the corners at once.
|New cutting mat! Thank you Fabricland Ultimate Sale!|
Next, sew the two cut edges together with a 1/4" seam, creating a box corner
I serge my edges; you can zigzag them, pink them or leave them raw.
Finish the raw edges of the sheet. This should only be the two short sides, the long sides (if you had 45" fabric) are selvages and so don't really need to be finished.
Now cut 4 pieces of elastic at 1' each. Put the middle of each piece on the seam in each corner. Sew it down, stretching the elastic fully.
I like to do this by sewing out from the centre of the elastic, but this means that you do have to sew one side of the elastic blind.
And there you have it! A fitted sheet!
|Because my elastic had no guts (it was crazy soft and stretchy), I did my 2' on each end as one piece. If you are using regular braided elastic, you'll need to do the 1' pieces|
Start with another piece of fabric 70"x45"
Hem one end at 1" (folded in half)
Hem the other end at 3" (fold under 1/2")
And you're done!
Update: Willow is sleeping well tonight! Cotton is a wonderful thing...