Sew Your Own Fitted Sheets

Bedding
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    Measuring the Mattress

    Matress Sizes
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Fitted sheets are the sheets that have either elastic or sewn darts that allow it cling to the sides of the mattress. This "bottom sheet" as it's often called may be incredibly difficult to fold but they make beds look smooth and ​inviting. This simple pattern for making your own fitted sheets will give you lots of bedding options. 

    Note: Not all sheets are created equally! Mattress sizes also vary! Always check the mattress measurements before cutting your sheet. Be sure to measure...MORE the sides and width of the mattress before you start your project. 

    Measure the ends and length of the bed. Add 4" to 6" inches to each measurement to allow for the sheet to tuck under the mattress. You want enough fabric that the sheet will be able to stay folded under your mattress. 

    If you are using 45" wide fabric, you will need to join lengths of fabric to have the fabric wide enough. Add the fabric to each side to avoid having seams in the area someone will be sleeping.

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    Fitting the Corners

    Fitting the Corners of a Fitted Sheet
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    Remove hems from an existing flat sheet if necessary.

    Lay the sheet evenly on the mattress, the right side of the fabric down.

    If the bed is not available, start at the center of each side and mark the ends of each side, bring the marks together at each corner and pin a dart in place, that is the depth of the mattress and the amount you allowed for tucking under the mattress.

    Pin a dart in place at each corner to bring the sheet in to fit.

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    Sew the Corner

    Sew the Corner of a Fitted Sheet
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Sew dart in place.

    Trim the dart to 1/2" and zig zag the raw edge to hold it in place. 

    Hem the edges of the sheet by turning under 1/4" and 1/4" again. Stitch in place.

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    Attach Elastic

    Attach Elastic
    Attach Elastic. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Cut 4 pieces of 1/4" or wider elastic 10 inches long.

    Center each piece of elastic at bottom of each dart on the wrong side of the sheet. Stretch each end of elastic as far as it will go along the edge of the sheet. Use a ​zig-zag stitch to attach the elastic to the corners of the sheet, keeping the elastic stretched so that it will pull in the sides. Repeat on all four corners. 

    Make your bed with your new homemade fitted sheet!