Monday, February 17, 2014

Tutorial: DIY Complete Sheet with Piping



After figuring out last week how to make a fitted crib sheet out of two different fabrics for a "faux bumpers" look, I wanted to make another one for Baby Boy's crib, out of some nicer fabrics than the ones I used in the "trial and error" version. I had also noticed, after the fact, that the Skip Hop Complete Sheet I had used as my inspiration has piping between the two coordinating fabrics. I really liked how crisp and finished it looked, so I decided to try that. It was super-easy! Here's how you do it. (I'm partially copy-pasting my previous tutorial and just making additions for the piping steps.)


Tutorial: DIY "Complete Sheet" with Piping

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 variation 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.) I used Kona cotton solids for this one, which will make a nice, comfy sheet.
2 yards of 1/4" elastic
6 yards of piping, commercial or homemade. (This will be two packages of piping from the craft store.)

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 10x54*. (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.)
*Note that this is an inch longer than in the no-piping version.



4. Lay out your top piece on your work surface, right side up, and open your piping packages. You will be pinning the piping on all the way around the perimeter of this piece, with the corded part facing inward. You want the stitching on the piping to go right along your seam allowance. Since the seam allowance for this project is 1/2", you will need to bring the piping in a scant 1/4" or so all the way around to make the stitching 1/2" from the edge. I used my handy folding template as a guide as I pinned. (I think that is the most-used tool in my sewing room!)




When you come to a corner, just turn the corner and keep going, keeping it as straight as you can. It will be a tiny bit curved, which is fine. You will need to snip right up to (but not through!) the stitching to allow the piping to curve.

Since the perimeter of the sheet is longer than the length of the prepackaged piping I used, I needed to piece two lengths together. This isn't hard at all. You just overlap the ends as shown. When you sew it on, you just sew over both pieces, keeping your line straight. In the finished product, the resulting dip in the piping is barely noticeable.  I made sure to make the overlaps on the short sides so it wouldn't be right at front of the crib, but really, you can barely see it.


5. Once you have your piping pinned down, you will stitch it on. Attach your zipper foot. (It might be skinnier than this, depending on what kind of machine/foot you have.)


Align the project so that the piping is hugged right up under your zipper foot, so the needle lines up with the line of stitching. There are lots of tutorials online about sewing on piping, if this doesn't make sense. 


Stitch away, all the way around your sheet top.



A helpful hint: It's much better when you're pinning to go in a circle so that the pin heads will be facing toward you as you sew! That way, you can slip them out easily toward you as you sew along.


It's more annoying if they are facing away from you, like this, and you have to turn your hand around sideways and pull them out toward the machine. Just thought I'd share that little tidbit.

OK! Now your piping is attached. From here on out it isn't terribly different from the other fitted sheet tutorial.

You will be attaching the strips basically how they are shown in this awe-inspiring diagram.



 6. Sew the short strips to the short sides of the top piece, right sides together. You will continue using your zipper foot and "hugging" the piping right up under the needle. Of course, you can't see the piping now, as it is sandwiched between your fabrics. Go slowly and you will be able to feel with your fingers as you go to make sure you are lined up. You can kind of see the bump of the piping in the photo above.



Because the piping creates a slight curve at the corner, curve along with it, starting/stopping at the halfway point in the curve.




7. Once you have the short sides on, you will attach the long sides. This is the only tricky bit in the whole project. Lay your fabric strips down, right sides together, with an overlap of about 1/2" at the ends. The overlapping fabric is just to catch your piping -- you do not want to stitch the strips together just yet! 





Stitch down your long strips, going extra slowly and carefully at the corners so that you can curve around just far enough to encase our piping but not far enough to sew over the short side fabric strip.  The back will look like this, more or less.


And the right side will look like this! Starting to look pretty cool!

8. Once you have all your fabric strips sewn down, you can finish the seam allowances you have sewn, by serging, zig-zagging, or pinking.


9. From here it is exactly like the other fitted sheet, hence the recycled pictures. Bring two of your short edges together (the parts that will be at the corner of the mattress). Sew right sides together and serge/zigzag/pink the edges.



 10. 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. 


11.Turn under another 1/2" and stitch down to make a casing, leaving about a 6-inch opening.

12. 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.

13. Put it on baby's crib and admire!







Can you see the place where the two lengths of piping overlap? It's pretty hard to spot!


I went with brown and gray, with a cream piping, to match the earth tones in the crib skirt, and chose solids because the crib skirt is pretty busy and I am going for a pretty sophisticated feel in the nursery. But imagine how fun and fabulous you can get with prints! Especially if your crib skirt and sheet fabrics come from the same line. Unfortunately, the home decor fabric I used for the crib skirt (Premier Prints, which I love, but which is rather heavyweight and not machine-dryable) does not have a coordinating lightweight fabric.



There you go! A super-custom DIY crib sheet that mimics the look of bumpers, and with piping at the edge for a crisp transition. Doesn't piping make everything look fancier?! I love it!

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Tutorial: DIY Complete Sheet with Piping



After figuring out last week how to make a fitted crib sheet out of two different fabrics for a "faux bumpers" look, I wanted to make another one for Baby Boy's crib, out of some nicer fabrics than the ones I used in the "trial and error" version. I had also noticed, after the fact, that the Skip Hop Complete Sheet I had used as my inspiration has piping between the two coordinating fabrics. I really liked how crisp and finished it looked, so I decided to try that. It was super-easy! Here's how you do it. (I'm partially copy-pasting my previous tutorial and just making additions for the piping steps.)


Tutorial: DIY "Complete Sheet" with Piping

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 variation 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.) I used Kona cotton solids for this one, which will make a nice, comfy sheet.
2 yards of 1/4" elastic
6 yards of piping, commercial or homemade. (This will be two packages of piping from the craft store.)

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 10x54*. (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.)
*Note that this is an inch longer than in the no-piping version.



4. Lay out your top piece on your work surface, right side up, and open your piping packages. You will be pinning the piping on all the way around the perimeter of this piece, with the corded part facing inward. You want the stitching on the piping to go right along your seam allowance. Since the seam allowance for this project is 1/2", you will need to bring the piping in a scant 1/4" or so all the way around to make the stitching 1/2" from the edge. I used my handy folding template as a guide as I pinned. (I think that is the most-used tool in my sewing room!)




When you come to a corner, just turn the corner and keep going, keeping it as straight as you can. It will be a tiny bit curved, which is fine. You will need to snip right up to (but not through!) the stitching to allow the piping to curve.

Since the perimeter of the sheet is longer than the length of the prepackaged piping I used, I needed to piece two lengths together. This isn't hard at all. You just overlap the ends as shown. When you sew it on, you just sew over both pieces, keeping your line straight. In the finished product, the resulting dip in the piping is barely noticeable.  I made sure to make the overlaps on the short sides so it wouldn't be right at front of the crib, but really, you can barely see it.


5. Once you have your piping pinned down, you will stitch it on. Attach your zipper foot. (It might be skinnier than this, depending on what kind of machine/foot you have.)


Align the project so that the piping is hugged right up under your zipper foot, so the needle lines up with the line of stitching. There are lots of tutorials online about sewing on piping, if this doesn't make sense. 


Stitch away, all the way around your sheet top.



A helpful hint: It's much better when you're pinning to go in a circle so that the pin heads will be facing toward you as you sew! That way, you can slip them out easily toward you as you sew along.


It's more annoying if they are facing away from you, like this, and you have to turn your hand around sideways and pull them out toward the machine. Just thought I'd share that little tidbit.

OK! Now your piping is attached. From here on out it isn't terribly different from the other fitted sheet tutorial.

You will be attaching the strips basically how they are shown in this awe-inspiring diagram.



 6. Sew the short strips to the short sides of the top piece, right sides together. You will continue using your zipper foot and "hugging" the piping right up under the needle. Of course, you can't see the piping now, as it is sandwiched between your fabrics. Go slowly and you will be able to feel with your fingers as you go to make sure you are lined up. You can kind of see the bump of the piping in the photo above.



Because the piping creates a slight curve at the corner, curve along with it, starting/stopping at the halfway point in the curve.




7. Once you have the short sides on, you will attach the long sides. This is the only tricky bit in the whole project. Lay your fabric strips down, right sides together, with an overlap of about 1/2" at the ends. The overlapping fabric is just to catch your piping -- you do not want to stitch the strips together just yet! 





Stitch down your long strips, going extra slowly and carefully at the corners so that you can curve around just far enough to encase our piping but not far enough to sew over the short side fabric strip.  The back will look like this, more or less.


And the right side will look like this! Starting to look pretty cool!

8. Once you have all your fabric strips sewn down, you can finish the seam allowances you have sewn, by serging, zig-zagging, or pinking.


9. From here it is exactly like the other fitted sheet, hence the recycled pictures. Bring two of your short edges together (the parts that will be at the corner of the mattress). Sew right sides together and serge/zigzag/pink the edges.



 10. 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. 


11.Turn under another 1/2" and stitch down to make a casing, leaving about a 6-inch opening.

12. 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.

13. Put it on baby's crib and admire!







Can you see the place where the two lengths of piping overlap? It's pretty hard to spot!


I went with brown and gray, with a cream piping, to match the earth tones in the crib skirt, and chose solids because the crib skirt is pretty busy and I am going for a pretty sophisticated feel in the nursery. But imagine how fun and fabulous you can get with prints! Especially if your crib skirt and sheet fabrics come from the same line. Unfortunately, the home decor fabric I used for the crib skirt (Premier Prints, which I love, but which is rather heavyweight and not machine-dryable) does not have a coordinating lightweight fabric.



There you go! A super-custom DIY crib sheet that mimics the look of bumpers, and with piping at the edge for a crisp transition. Doesn't piping make everything look fancier?! I love it!

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