Japanese cotton custom-made sheets dahling.

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).

fabric

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…

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 But luckily it turned out well anyway.  I have a new rule.  Every time I complete a sewing project, I’ll buy more fabric.  Huzzah!

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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.

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  •  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.
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