Crib & Toddler Bed Sheet Tutorial with Guest - Dana from "Made"

Monday, May 10, 2010

it has been killing me to keep our next guest blogger under wraps....it's so exciting to welcome one of my all time fave lady bloggers - the gorgeous and talented dana willard from "MADE"!!!

she was one of the first bloggers i started chatting with and i like to call her my friend as well. we share some fun late night chats and i like to drool with jealousy over her lovely blog, gorgeous photography, fabulous sewing skills & pattern design and the fact that she gets all this stuff done with two kids running around!!!! i'm constantly amazed by her and truly mean it when i say she is well on her way to becoming the next martha stewart or amy butler. this girl is gonna make it far, mark my words!

i know i don't need to tell you who she is, or what her blog "MADE" is about.....but let's just take a second to ogle some of her lovely images and projects from fashion, home decor, crafts, recipes....never mind the goodies in her shop "joon bug", the list goes on:

doesn't it just make you feel so cheerful and inspired? i just love it & i love her! so let's all welcome dana over here for part of the babyhood bonanza!!!

now let's hear from dana:

Hello friends!

It's Dana from MADE and I'm thrilled to be joining you for Babyhood Bonanza with Shannon! I keep hoping that I'll hop over to luvinthemommyhood and Shannon's not there because her post says "off to the hospital!". Soon, very soon. I'll be patient. After all, she's the one that has to push the little babe out. Good luck Shannon! We can't wait to meet her!

Okay. So, I'm really not a girly girl when it comes to chick flick movies, music, getting gushy, sharing feelings, etc. I rarely cry in movies. I've seen only 10% of the Sandra Bullock films that exist. I (yikes) think John Mayer can be a bit cheesy? (did I really just say that? Sorry). But that all changed when I got pregnant with Lucy. No, I didn't start buying John Mayer albums (though I do think Heartbreak Warfare has some clever lyrics) but I found myself watching shows about child birth, adoption, etc and just getting teary-eyed over it. I had this immediate connection to motherhood and feeling love for children. They seemed so precious. Such innocent little people, eager to learn the ropes of life. I would see a picture of a child and found myself saying "awe" much more than I had before. I felt a new love for children in general, even if they weren't mine. And my heart went out to those children who would go through hard challenges in life or never have a place to call home.

The days that Lucy and Owen were born were two of the most amazing moments of my life. It is definitely a miracle every time a life comes into this world. A creation and feat that can never be matched with another earthly experience.


Though there are days that they challenge me beyond patience (and I cry for different reasons), they bring an even greater amount of joy to my life. They each come with their own personalities and funny ways of doing things. I see bits of me in them; I see bits of Casey. They show me the world through their 36-inch tall perspective. And I learn more about myself, as I learn to be their mom.

As far as sewing goes, my kids are most of my inspiration. And sewing for a baby is one of the easiest things. Make a set of burp cloths, a simple receiving blanket, embellish a onesie. It took me a while to realize, you don't have to settle for what you see in the store. You can make (almost) anything! And this was one of those duh moments when I discovered (after both kids had graduated from a crib) that you can make your own crib sheets! At least Owen's still in a Toddler bed, so he gets to reap the rewards.
The concept is simple, I just cut up an old crib sheet and went from there. Here you go!.......


Crib sheets don't need to be plain and white.


And if they're for a boy, they probably shouldn't have teddy bears on them. I'm just sayin....


Make your baby crib or toddler bed more exciting by creating your own sheets! This is a great project for any level of sewer, especially a beginner.


Okay, let's get started!

You'll need:
* 2 yards of fabric
* 80 inches (204 cm) of skinny 1/4 inch elastic


* Cut out a rectangle that's: 45 x 67 inches (114.5 x 171 cm)

* Fold that into fourths (fold it in half and in half) and cut an 8 x 8 in (20.5 x 20.5 cm) square out of the corners, so that your fabric looks like this:


Another way to do this (if you're making multiple sheets), is to cut out a pattern piece that's 1/4 the size of your sheet. It looks like this (or the state of Utah):


Then before cutting anything out, you can fold your fabric into fourths, lay that on top, and easily cut it out.

Okay, with your fabric cut, let's start sewing.

* Take the two sides of one corner and bring right sides together. Pin them and sew down the side. This is creating a "pocket" of sorts, to go around the corners of the mattress. Do this to all four corners of the sheet:


* Serge the seams,
zigzag or leave the seams raw.

* Serge around the entire outside of the sheet. This makes is easy to create a casing for the elastic. If you don't have a serger, just iron your fabric over 1/4 inch all the way around and then continue to the next step....

* Iron under the entire edge of the sheet. You are creating a casing, to string very skinny elastic through.


* Sew down the casing.
You don't need to pin around the entire sheet before you sew (that takes too long) but DO pin a start and stop point so that you leave an opening to get the elastic In and Out. Start sewing from the START point, all the way around the STOP point:


* Insert the elastic.
Taking your 1/4 inch wide elastic, attach a safety pin to one end, and pin the other end to the sheet. Start stringing it through the casing, all the way around till it comes out the other side:


* Overlap the ends and sew them
together a few times with a zigzag stitch:


* Then sew your casing closed.



And you're done!



Try it on!


And then make them in all sorts of colors:


Because even boys like options, right?


Sleep tight, little babe.

dana - thank you so much for being part of the celebration and i cannot wait to email you saying "she's here"!!!!! i will definitely be making some fun new sheets for the kids, i'll just add it to the 20 other fantastic projects of yours i need to get sewing! big hugs!!!

stay tuned for our next guest blogger later this week....there's more fun to come!!!! don't forget to grab our button off the sidebar to the left :)



p.s. if you're looking to find out more about dana, check out our interview with her as part of our "moms in the mommyhood" series from last year!

all images are copyright dana willard

53 comments:

  1. wow you are one amazing mama!! so impressed. i want to try this out!

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  2. Awesome tutorial!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-fitted-sheet-for-a-crib-or-toddler-bed/2010/05/10/
    --Anne

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  3. DUH!! I'm so going to make some!

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  4. hahaha, that's how I felt when I saw dana's tute...how come i didn't know sheets were so easy to make???? she's fabulous!

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  5. uh oh. I had a whole other list of things to do... now I may be making sheets!!!! Thank you Dana for yet another wonderful tutorial!

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  6. So cute! Definitely going to give this one a go for my daughter :)

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  7. oh my I want all the sheets she took pics of...gorgeous crib too... aww...

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  8. now why didn't i ever think of this - seems so easy. definitely on my project list now.

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  9. Great, simple idea. Love it! I've made bumper pads and the crib skirt, but never the crib sheet. Duh! Excellent tutorial, Dana! Thanks!

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  10. Um........I'm so doing this tomorrow! Sheets are the one thing I'm having the hardest time finding for my little girl's room. Never thought about making them. Thanks!

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  11. Oh, I like how you roll. :) I'm going to do this for sure!

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  12. I know what you mean! I came home to my computer, thinking surely she has had her babe....Well at least I didn't miss it!
    I so needed this tutorial! My little girl is sleeping on green sheets, what a shame.
    This was a great idea Shannon. It is so fun to hear this side of some of are favorites.
    Great job Dana!

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  13. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the orange and green plaid in the dark brown crib! It has a groovy 70's feel to it that is so me (and so hard to find in baby stores!) Although we do have a crib set that was a gift for my first son, I will now be on the lookout for neat sheets to change it up. Awesome!

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  14. Thank you for another great tutorial, Dana! There is some ease to every single one of your tutorials that make me want to try them all!!!

    I am off to Joann's to get some cute boyish fabric and make crib sheets :)

    xoxoxo

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I should have done this before. Maybe next time I will have to make my own sheets. :) It's fun!

    Adin B
    http://itssewtasticmama.blogspot.com/

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  16. Great tutorial! And is that a vintage crib? It looks just like our crib! It was mine when I was wee in 1976 and now we're using it (and the matching dresser) for our kiddos. I love the yellow.

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  17. I made some of these for my daughter Olivia before she was born. It is one of those incredibly satisfying projects that really make a baby's room look great. Great tutorial Dana! I think your version was much simpler to follow than the one I had read. Of course:) your fabulous photos and writing make everything simpler!

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  18. I've read if you make it out of satin your baby won't get the bald spot on the back of their head.

    This is VERY simple! Thanks!

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  19. I have so been looking for a tutorial for bed sheets Muahahaha I feel a sewing kick coming on! Dana... your amazing dear!

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  20. This is a great tutorial. I had no idea it could be so easy to make a crib sheet! Thanks, Dana!

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  21. Dana...you are so fabulous. This tutorial is so easy! Thank you for making it easy.

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  22. WOW I need some sheets! for my little girl! THANKS DANA!! and thanks for inviting DAna!!

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  23. love this! the best part is is that I'm going to be an aunt again and can't wait to start sewing for the little guy!

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  24. This is just what I needed for my little guys room! Thanks so much!

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  25. Thanks Dana, for the fabulously simple-yet-I-would-have-never-thought-of-that idea!!
    I am doing this ASAP! I have way cuter fabric laying around than the crib sheets they sell in stores, thank you!

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  26. Wow, this is fantastic! Cute sheets ahead! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  27. Isn't this the same tutorial on Prudent Baby? Coincidence?

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  28. I have all sorts of vintage sheets that I can use!!! Do you have a size rec. for a twin bed? My boys are almost in bunks!! Thanks!!

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  29. I will link you from my etsy shop---Folks buy lots of vintage sheets and now they have an easy tute!!!Thanks

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  30. Thank you ladies! I don't feel so silly myself now for realizing, DUH, I can MAKE sheets! :)

    ghislaine, never heard of prudent baby. But I'm sure may people have done something similar to this. I definitely didn't reinvent the wheel here. I took my old sheet, cut it apart, measured, and made a new one. That's how I do most of my sewing.

    Happy sewing everyone!

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  31. Yaay, what fun. I actually just made pack and play sheets and a changing pad cover out of a terry cloth towel with this technique. It was so easy and rewarding. Now if my babe would just some out and play...4 days til due date :P

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  32. Hooray for Dana! I made a sheet a few weeks ago but didn't like that the elastic didn't go all the way around - it definitely doesn't fit as well. I'll be stitching another one up soon! I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks so much for sharing!

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  33. Love Love Love it.
    I am thinking of making one to cover the little cots that they use in daycare as mine is going to a daycare in August and everyone uses crib sheets, but they are really over-sized for these cots. I googled it and I'm thinking the cots are 52" x 23". http://www.kidfurniture.com/MMCOTS.html
    Any suggestions?

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  34. I just have to say I made one in about 20 min. and was hooked. I used a twin size flat sheet from WalMart ($3) and was able to make 2 from one sheet! Perfect! THANK YOU SO MUCH DANA!

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  35. does anyone have a good pattern for sewing crib skirts?

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  36. This tutorial is a gift, thank you. Can't wait to make some sheets, but before I would like to ask you something. The height of my crib's mattress is 7 inch, do I keep the same measurements? From the picture I think my mattress is a little higher.

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  37. Thanks for this great tutorial! I made my son some Thomas the Train sheets for his birthday to go with his new Thomas the Train toddler bed he was getting! HE LOVES IT! And I am horrible at sewing, but this was EASY! Thank you so very much for helping me avoid spending big bucks on a whole set that he didn't need!! I am now working on making some for my daughter's toddler bed with princesses!

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  38. Used your tutorial, the actual dimensions of a crib mattress, five minutes of math and figured out how to adapt the tutorial to any sized crib, cradle, mini crib, etc. mattress. In under two hours I have two cradle sheets. Now it's on to the crib sheets. At this rate my to-do list will be finished before I even enter my third trimester! Your photos were really quite helpful. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  39. Thank you for this tutorial! I never would have figured out the right measurements on my own, but I used yours exactly and the sheets fit perfectly the FIRST TIME! I think that might be the first time I've ever made anything start to finish without ripping something out, re-cutting, tweaking, or crying!

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  40. Wow, those sheets are fantastic. Plus, you get to choose the best fabric for your little one to rest on. Great sewing project!

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  41. Thanks for sharing, not only did this inspire me to create my own, but the thought to simply replacing the worn out elastic on 2 of my DD's crib sheets never occurred to me. $1.42 in elastic saved 2 perfectly good crib sheets and made this frugal mama very happy!

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  42. I found the BEST Bed Sheets of my life!!! Now that I know what I was missing I am SERIOUS about my sheets!

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  43. So cute! Definitely going to give this one a go for my daughter :)

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  44. So cute! Do you happen to know the measurements to use this same tutorial to make a fitted twin sheet? Thanks a bunch!

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  45. Just made three of these - SO quick, SO easy, and they look amazing! Couldn't find music-themed bedding for our nursery anywhere - now this baby will have the coolest sheets on the block! Thanks!

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  46. I made two of these in a flash, minus the elastic. I'll have to make a quick trip to the store tomorrow (Oooops :-/) But, while I'm there I can pick up some more adorable fabric to make more sheets. My babies will be sleeping on cute and comfy flannel sheets this Fall/Winter. I'm thinking of all the babies I know so I can make some for them too!

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  47. Is this tutorial for a 52 x 27 inches crib mattress?

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  48. I made a fitted sheet for my baby girl's crib.. looks amazing!! Thank you so much for taking time and effort to make this wonderful tutorial.

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  49. I'm an extreme beginnger at sewing but really want to attempt these sheets. The very first step is what confuses me...can anyone help explain that a little more clearly?

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  50. My daughter-in-law asked me if I could make fleece sheets for our grandbabies crib mattresses since their home is older and on the cold side. Your pattern was so easy! Thank you so much Dana for the wonderful tutorial! I'm going to make flannel ones too since they were so quick and simple!

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