After looking long and hard for the right crib sheet for baby’s bed, I decided to make them myself instead. I’m glad I did, because these mattress covers are SO easy to make and you can use a pattern you love! And bonus, I did mine with a cozy flannel fabric, which will make baby’s crib even warmer during the cold winter months.
DIY Baby Crib Sheet / Materials
- 2 yards of cotton or cotton flannel fabric
- 3 yards of 1/4″ elastic
- sewing machine, sewing essentials
- medium size safety pin
This tutorial is for US standard size crib sheets. You can easily make a custom size by adding 17 inches to the actual length and width! (Our crib mattress from IKEA measures 52×27″)
Lay out your fabric and cut a piece that’s 69×44″ – to get the maximum width, keep the salvage on the fabric. Next make a simple pattern from cardstock or paper that is 8×8″. Trace it on the four corners and cut.
Now put together the edges of the squares you just cut out, pin and sew. To make this DIY crib sheet super practical and ready for many washes, I zig-zaged the edges and sewed a straight stitch.
Now we’re making a tube all around the inner edge of the DIY crib sheet. Fold the edge over about 1/4″ and then again 1/2″. Pin and mark a casing where you will insert the elastic (about 3-4″) With a straight stitch sew along the fold, leaving the casing open.
Cut a 3 yard piece of elastic and attach one end to a medium sized safety pin. Insert the pin and thread it all the way through to the other side of the casing.
Overlap the elastic about 1″ and sew back and forth a few times. (I forgot to take a picture at this point, but here’s a pic from the changing pad cover) Now sew up the casing and you’re done and the DIY crib sheet is ready to go!