I'm obsessed with all things baby lately. Blame in on the pending due date--less than a month!-- coupled with my previous ambivalence about it--we'll get ready for baby one day. Well, one day is now. Because this baby could show herself any day. (Cue freaking out!)
We finally got the crib out of the box and put together, and bought a crib mattress. Slapped down the mattress pad I scored on a clearance a while ago and started the hunt for crib sheets. From everything I've read, I'll need, or want, 3-4 of these. Everything I could find was either cheesy nursery print, boring, ugly and/or expensive. (Expensive being defined as something I considered too high priced for a few yards of fabric. Especially when multiplied by 3 or 4.)
So I decided I could make some. While making the bed a while ago I analyzed how a sheet was made and figured I could do it. I had roughly mapped out the concept in my head, measured the mattress, and then wisely decided to google for more information.
Here's the quick run-down: 2 yards woven cotton, pre-washed (I can't recommend this for jersey knit, due to the stretching). 48" elastic (3/8" or 1/4" wide). Thread, sewing machine, scissors and ruler or tape measure.
I first ripped my short ends to make sure things were squared up. Nothing bothers me like the wonky cutting you get from stores. Except maybe stray threads.
selvage edges alone, because I don't care for hemming. And I might be lazy. This worked out fine, even with the printed edge, because it's tucked so far under the mattress you never see it once it's done.
Repeat for all four corners, then put on crib mattress. And pat yourself on the back, being thrilled with what you accomplished.
Here's a shot of the first sheet I made, but didn't photograph the process because I didn't know how well it was going to turn out. I think I like this fabric better than round two, but I like both of them way more than any pastel ones! (The lines are bumps from the mattress pad beneath it.) The tutu-ed bird is a gift from a friend. Her young son picked it out and named it "Beauty." We love it!
I feel like I need a disclaimer here, so here it goes: Please use common sense when making things for your baby to sleep on. Make sure it fits securely and snug on your mattress. Follow recommendations for safe sleeping.
I gleaned some information from this tutorial and these quick instructions.