Or in plainer words, I sewed up a fitted cot sheet for the baby. I have a non-standard cot size (Troll Sun cot if anyone’s interested), plus I sew, plus I have a fabric addiction. I don’t have time to sew for myself (garment sewing is more time consuming), but baby sewing is stupidly easy.
Here’s my fabric, a nice Japanese cotton from Etsy (photo from Etsy).
And here is the baby helping. Sewing with a baby is a whole new world I didn’t contemplate before. She started crawling properly today and wanted to be a part of everything. The sewing machine, the equipment (I have to do it all on the floor because I live in a tiny apartment), my laptop. I got distracted and miscalculated the fabric, cut it too small…
And in case you want to know how it’s done…
DIY Fitted Cot/Crib Sheet (or custom-made Japanese cotton fitted cot sheet dahhhling!)
- You will need your fabric, all the usual sewing supplies (thread, scissors, unpicker), and some 5mm wide elastic (about 3 metres, I just wing it).
- Get your mattress dimensions (in cm) and add 45cm to the length and the width – so if the original dimension was 100 x 70, the new dimensions are 145 x 115. This is the amount of fabric you need that will allow for the mattress overhang, with a bit to go underneath.
- Cut your fabric to the size above so you have a big rectangle. If you have an overlocker, go ahead and use that, if not, I cut my fabric with pinking shears to stop it fraying.
- Out of each corner, cut a 22.5 cm x 22.5cm box.
- Pin the cut edges of the box, right sides together (purple line to purple line), this will create the corners of the fitted sheet.
- Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew the edges together and press open.
- Hem the edges of the whole piece of fabric by turning and pressing the edge 1.5cm and stitching 1cm from the fold – leave an opening at one of the corner seams for you to put elastic through.
- Put a safety pin on the edge of your elastic, and thread it through the whole thing (this takes a while!), then sew it down with the other end of the elastic and close the hem.
- Et voila! They’re not the most pictographic instructions but if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.