Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Tutorial - How to make a Fitted Sheet

This is for "missypuss" who wanted to know how to turn a flat sheet into a fitted sheet. I have made fitted sheets for the cradle and cots from sheeting and from flanelette, and it is easy enough to grab a flat sheet and do the same. Please excuse my rough sketches, I haven't made any sheets lately, so I don't have any suitable photos.

Step 1 - Measure your mattress.

The first thing you need to do is measure your mattress. The measurement A in the diagram to the left is the actual width of your mattress. The measurement B is the actual length.
Measurement C is made up of the depth (or height) of your mattress plus some extra. The extra amount is determined by how much you want to sit under the mattress, plus a little for your elastic casing.
For a cot sheet, I did 10cms extra. The mattress was 12cm deep, so my final measurement C was 12cm + 10cm = 22cm. For a larger bed, you may want to allow more. OR you could measure the corner seam of your existing fitted sheet and add 2cms or so for the casing.

Step 2 - Cut your fabric
First you need to make a rectangle. The width of your rectangle is A + (2 x C), the length is
B + (2 x C). After you have cut your fabric of flat sheet into a rectangle, you need to cut a square from each corner, the size of which is C long, by C high. Discard these squares (or you may save them for another project if you like).

Step 3 - Sew the corners
At each corner where you have cut the squares from, you need to sew the two cut edges together to make a kind of box shape. Give yourself about a 6mm seam allowance. Finish the edges with an over-locker or if you don't have one, you could zig-zag the edges.


Step 4 - Make a casing for the elastic

All around the edges, you need to fold over about 1 - 2cms of fabric. Iron and pin this edge. You can also turn over the raw edge or you might choose to overlock your edges. Stitch close to the edge all the way around the sheet but leave an opening to allow you to thread through your elastic.


Step 5 - Thread the elastic

You will need some elastic, I would recommend something about 6mms wide, the length needs to be about (A + B) x 1.5.
Attach the end of the elastic to a safety pin and thread it through the casing. Join the edges of the elastic together. If you want a neat finish, you can sew the ends of the elastic together, but I usually just tie it in a secure knot. You could also stitch the casing closed, or not.

Voila! A fitted sheet!

21 comments:

  1. What a great job ! I have just found you , it's nice to meet you !

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  2. Is it possible to just put the elastic in the corners only?

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    1. I am sure you could if you wanted to, but I think it would b more work and the small amount of elastic you would save wouldn't cost very much money. I think elastic all the way around also helps to hold all the edges in nicely.

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    2. Thank you :) but it's not the elastic I'm worried about. I've never sewn before, and I've got some nice bedsheets and I'm not very confident in sewing all around it.

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    3. And thank you for the tutorial, it was easy to understand.

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    4. You could try practising your stitching on a spare piece of fabric - perhaps even the corners you cut from your sheets. If your sewing is a bit wonky, it will be hidden under the mattress anyway. Good luck with your sheets and thank you for your comments :)

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  3. hey i just came across your article... really easy to understand... sorry, years overdue. just one question though - what threads would you recommend to make elastic bedsheets? sorry i am new to sewing.

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  4. I would just use regular polyester thread. I like to use G├╝termann sew-all thread.

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  5. Thanks so much for the user friendly tutorial... so much easier to understand than others!

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  6. Thank you so much for the easy to understand tutorial. Just came across your blog!

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  7. To bolster your confidence in going all around the sheet, remember that pinning, and pressing are the difference between good sewing, and great sewing. You can do it! And do practice on some old fabric.

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  8. this is great, I was trying to figure out how I could do this myself but, could not quite figure anything out. Thanks so much.

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  9. this is great, I was trying to figure out how I could do this myself but, couldn't quite figure it out, then here you are. Thanks so much.

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  10. OMG!!! Thank You Thank You Thank You. This is just what I was looking for. God Bless!!

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  11. OMG!!! Thank You Thank You Thank You. This is just what i was looking for now I can complete my bedroom design. God Bless

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  12. I like your straight forward simple way so easy to understand and thankyou for sharing your knowledge and time :)

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  13. Thankyou for your straight forward and simple style of teaching makes a change :) and thankyou for sharing your knowledge and time :)

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  14. Hi. thank you for sharing this pattern. Will appreciate if you could also teach how to make a fitted sheet without the need for elastic.

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