Baby Z’s Nursery; the Crib Sheet


In a previous post we revealed the nursery set we recently created to welcome Baby Z (our new granddaughter) who is due to make her debut on or about March 6th. Since that post, we’ve received so many nice comments and plaintive requests for details that we decided to make this a little mini-series so we could share a few construction photos and tips.

First up– An Easy Schmeasy Crib Sheet Tutorial

Supplies List:

  • Fabric: 2 yards of 100% cotton- we used “Bubbles- Bright Purple” from the Laurel Burch Basics collection.
  • 60 inches– 1/4″ wide flat elastic

Sewing Instructions:

Step one

cribsheet1 Start with a 68″ X 45″ piece of fabric. Remove one 8″ square from each corner of your sheet. I like to just mark the area with a Sharpie right on the fabric. (Don’t worry, it’ll never show.)

cribsheet2 I like to first fold my fabric into quarters so that all four of the corners are stacked on top of each other. Then you can just measure and cut ONE time.  🙂

Step two


I like to French seam the corner seams for durability, which means that first I stitch 1/4″ from the edges with your fabric WRONG sides together.

Step three


Then, I flip the fabric RIGHT sides together and  stitch 1/4″ from seam edges enclosing your 1st seam within this 2nd seam.

This is a more professional look, right?

cribsheet8 Step four

Turn under a  3/8″ hem (WST) around entire circumference of sheet and zigzag stitch in place.

Now cut four 14″ pieces of flat elastic. Place elastic along hemmed edge matching the center to the corner seam.


Step five

With center of elastic held in place with a pin, stretch each elastic end along the hem as far as you can, then anchor the end in place with a pin.



Although not absolutely necessary, I recommend using a “stretch stitch” as you stitch your elastic in place, indicated by the yellow arrow at left. (And you know what, I just recently found out what that symbol indicated!)



Step six

Begin stitching elastic in place by placing your needle at the anchored midpoint.

Now s-t-r-e-t-c-h  out your elastic while you are sewing it in place along hem edge. Be sure to use a zigzag stitch so there will be some stretch in your thread.

Now go back to your elastic midpoint and stitch the other side of your elastic in place. Repeat this procedure on the other three corners of your sheet.

And there you have it!

Our sheet is done! And you know what? It was incredibly quick, easy and it really adds so much to our completed nursery look! Don’t you think?

So…Any questions or comments?

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  1. Bumper Pads next please!

  2. Does it make a difference if your fabric is not unite 45″ wide?

    • Good question Debbie- It definitely DOES make a difference. The width of your fabric needs to be 45″ width. I think I’ll note that in the post. Thanks a bunch!

  3. How do you keep the elastic from stretching as you sew over it. This always happens to me if I try to sew elastic.

    • It’s actually important that you DO stretch the elastic as far as you can during this process. Place your needle indo the fabric to anchor it in place. THEN stretch about 1″ of your elastic and while holding it in place to the fabric underneath it, sew over it. Then repeat this procedure with another inch of your elastic. It’s a slow process but it really does work. You might practice a bit on a scrap bit of fabric first?

  4. I would like to make this for a single bed that is 36″ wide. Would 54″ fabric be wide enough?

    • Sorry Millie- I’m afraid I would be very hesitant to advise you on this since I have only made a crib sheet. My gut reaction though, is that 54″ would NOt be wide enough.

  5. I want to make a sheet for the bottom of my daughter’s Pack & Play playpen, which is staying at our house for a while. This is a great basic plan to adapt and change measurements to do so. The cut-out corners allow for the depth of the crib mattress and the “tuck under”, and a playpen bottom is pretty flat, so that, along with the actual dimensions of the bottom, will be the main adjustment. I should be able to figure it out! (I would think the same key dimensions would apply for the lady who wants to make a single bed sheet–mattress dimension and depth of mattress, and how much “tucks under” the mattress.) Thanks for the guidelines!

  6. I saw this tutorial and got so excited! I am having my very first Grand Niece very soon and would like to provide an entire ‘handmade’ bedroom set for my very first niece! Where better to start than the crib sheet. Thank you so much for offering your Baby Z’s patterns for our learning. BTW, Has Baby Z come into this world yet? What is his/her real name (if so). And maybe some pics would be great. I’m a hopper and have made your shop a favorite. Thanks Again, GG