Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Easy DIY fitted crib sheet that mimics the look of bumpers!

Have you seen the new crib sheets that have a different pattern on the top and the sides? At least they are new to me -- I don't think they were around when H was born. SO brilliant. It gives you some of the cute look of bumpers without either (a) endangering your baby or (b) wasting a ton of money buying bumpers and then not actually using them.

I decided to try my hand at making one myself for a really custom look. It is a very easy project! Well, it should be. I made a few dumb mistakes. Like, really, really dumb. NEVER let anyone tell you that pregnancy brain is not a real thing. I remember when I used to be kinda smart. Now I would just settle for functional most days. 

Aaaanyway. I think I have worked out the kinks so it should be easy for a functional person like you to make one. :-)

These directions are based on a crib mattress that is 52 inches long, 28 inches wide, and 6 inches deep. Apparently there is a bit of wiggle room in what is considered a "standard" crib mattress, so you should definitely measure and see if these measurements need to be tweaked for you. I used 1/2" seam allowance everywhere.

You will need:
2 coordinating pieces of 100% cotton fabric -- 1 3/4 yards each. (Make sure the fabric you use for the sides is at least 42 inches in width or you will need more length.)
2 yards of 1/4" elastic

1. Prewash your fabric.
2. Cut your top piece 54 x 29 inches.
3. Cut your second fabric (the one for the sides) lengthwise into four long strips. You will need two that are 10x29 and two that are 10x53. (Depending on the width of your fabric and whether you need to square it off, you may be left with under 40 inches in width on your fabric. You can make those strips a little bit narrower -- say, 9 1/2 inches, if you need the wiggle room.)

super-high-tech diagram of amazing quality!

4. Now the hardest part is done! I hate cutting fabric strips!
5. Sew the short strips to the short sides of the top piece, right sides together. MAKE SURE YOU DO THE SHORT SIDES FIRST. Serge or zigzag the edges for extra strength.
6. Then sew the long strips to the long sides of the top piece, right sides together. Serge or zigzag the edges for extra strength.



Now you have four corners like this (but hopefully straighter).
7. Now bring two of your short edges together (the parts that will be at the corner of the mattress). Sew right sides together and reinforce.



8.  Repeat at the other three corners.

Now you should have something that is starting to resemble a fitted sheet!
9. If you have a serger, serge all the way around the bottom of the sheet. Otherwise, turn under 1/4" and press, all the way around. 
10. Turn under another 1/2" and stitch down to make a casing, leaving about a 6-inch opening.
11. With a safety pin, run your 2 yards of elastic through the casing you just made. Make sure to firmly pin the loose end down so you don't lose it! Remove pins, stitch the ends of your elastic with a zig-zag stitch and then close up your casing.
12. Press the whole thing so it is nice and crisp and pretty. Then laugh to yourself how that is the first and last time that is going to happen.
13. Put it on baby's crib and admire!

Yep, mine pulls a bit at the corners because I made the top piece a bit too short. That's the result as that baby brain thing I mentioned earlier. I fixed the measurements for the instructions above.



Coming soon: lots of fun nursery DIYs, including the a height-adjustable crib skirt that is just so easy it is embarrassing. 


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Easy DIY fitted crib sheet that mimics the look of bumpers!

Have you seen the new crib sheets that have a different pattern on the top and the sides? At least they are new to me -- I don't think they were around when H was born. SO brilliant. It gives you some of the cute look of bumpers without either (a) endangering your baby or (b) wasting a ton of money buying bumpers and then not actually using them.

I decided to try my hand at making one myself for a really custom look. It is a very easy project! Well, it should be. I made a few dumb mistakes. Like, really, really dumb. NEVER let anyone tell you that pregnancy brain is not a real thing. I remember when I used to be kinda smart. Now I would just settle for functional most days. 

Aaaanyway. I think I have worked out the kinks so it should be easy for a functional person like you to make one. :-)

These directions are based on a crib mattress that is 52 inches long, 28 inches wide, and 6 inches deep. Apparently there is a bit of wiggle room in what is considered a "standard" crib mattress, so you should definitely measure and see if these measurements need to be tweaked for you. I used 1/2" seam allowance everywhere.

You will need:
2 coordinating pieces of 100% cotton fabric -- 1 3/4 yards each. (Make sure the fabric you use for the sides is at least 42 inches in width or you will need more length.)
2 yards of 1/4" elastic

1. Prewash your fabric.
2. Cut your top piece 54 x 29 inches.
3. Cut your second fabric (the one for the sides) lengthwise into four long strips. You will need two that are 10x29 and two that are 10x53. (Depending on the width of your fabric and whether you need to square it off, you may be left with under 40 inches in width on your fabric. You can make those strips a little bit narrower -- say, 9 1/2 inches, if you need the wiggle room.)

super-high-tech diagram of amazing quality!

4. Now the hardest part is done! I hate cutting fabric strips!
5. Sew the short strips to the short sides of the top piece, right sides together. MAKE SURE YOU DO THE SHORT SIDES FIRST. Serge or zigzag the edges for extra strength.
6. Then sew the long strips to the long sides of the top piece, right sides together. Serge or zigzag the edges for extra strength.



Now you have four corners like this (but hopefully straighter).
7. Now bring two of your short edges together (the parts that will be at the corner of the mattress). Sew right sides together and reinforce.



8.  Repeat at the other three corners.

Now you should have something that is starting to resemble a fitted sheet!
9. If you have a serger, serge all the way around the bottom of the sheet. Otherwise, turn under 1/4" and press, all the way around. 
10. Turn under another 1/2" and stitch down to make a casing, leaving about a 6-inch opening.
11. With a safety pin, run your 2 yards of elastic through the casing you just made. Make sure to firmly pin the loose end down so you don't lose it! Remove pins, stitch the ends of your elastic with a zig-zag stitch and then close up your casing.
12. Press the whole thing so it is nice and crisp and pretty. Then laugh to yourself how that is the first and last time that is going to happen.
13. Put it on baby's crib and admire!

Yep, mine pulls a bit at the corners because I made the top piece a bit too short. That's the result as that baby brain thing I mentioned earlier. I fixed the measurements for the instructions above.



Coming soon: lots of fun nursery DIYs, including the a height-adjustable crib skirt that is just so easy it is embarrassing. 


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Be nice.