DIY Crib Bedding Part II: Crib Flat Sheet

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Kid Stuff,Tutorials

Making crib sheets yourself (if the fabric is super on sale) is much cheaper than buying, and you can get whatever kind of print you want to match your decor. Maybe most people don’t put a flat sheet on their child’s crib, but it’s a nice light layer for summer and a cozy layer for winter.

Making your own crib flat sheets is easy – here’s how:


  • 1 5/8 yards of flannel or cotton fabric


  1. Prewash fabric and straighten out the ends
  2. Baste around all 4 edges at 3/4″
  3. Finish edges (clean finish, serge, zigzag, etc.)
  4. Miter 4 corners
  5. Press seam down along the basted edge and edgestitch using regular needle or double needle

How to Miter Corners

The corners are the trickiest part, but once you learn how to miter, you’ll always have perfect square corners. I marked my corners with colored pencil to help me explain – you don’t need to do that.

make your own flat crib sheet

Choose a corner to start with. The two seams should make a 90 degree angle.

make your own flat crib sheet

Fold the fabric so that the two adjacent edges are on top of each other, right sides together. Draw a line or visualize a line that bisects the 90 degree angle that your seams make.

make your own flat crib sheet

Miter the corner by sewing along that 45 degree bisecting line. Trim the corner off about 1/8″ from the seam you just sewed and turn inside out.

Repeat this process for all four corners. Now that the corners are finished, you can pin down the sides and sew to finish.

Other Easy Sewing Projects

1. Pillowcase

2. Hobo Bag

3. Burp Cloths


1 Baba April 22, 2009 at 10:09 am

Love using flannel for baby projects like this. It’s just so comfy.

2 Dejah April 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Can this be used to make a twin sized sheet?

3 sarasophia April 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Wow. How nifty to make your own crib sheets. I know I never have enough and it would be awesome if I could just “whip up” my own:P

Problem is, our crib is oval shaped.

Do you know of anywhere I can find a tutorial on creating sheets for an oddly shaped baby bed?

Right now we only possess two –count them TWO–crib sheets and the ones made by our bed manufacturer are ridiculously expensive.


Maybe next time I’ll remember to go for function over style:)

<3 sarasophia

4 Sue D April 30, 2009 at 8:49 am

Great idea–easy to make and would coordinate with the bumper pad! I like the idea of using flannel too.

5 Lynnet March 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

I am in the process of making oval sheets for a friend who has an oval cradle. I was able to take the mattress, trace around it, and continue based on the info I read at the following links.

I also found a link for oval sheets at Blackbird Sewing:

Also at Ohdeedoh, she gives some instruction on how to do an oval fitted sheet.

6 E. L. April 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

When my children were born my Mother, Mother-in-law & I made all of my crib sheets. We had the fitted ones for the bottom and we made semi-fitted for the top sheets. They were easier to put on and they stayed put. By semi-fitted I am saying that we made one end of the sheet with the fitted corners to just slip over the bottom sheet and the end of the mattress so you didn’t have to tuck it under.
We also did the top sheets like this for our beds. It didn’t take long & the top sheet didn’t pull out even if you were a restless sleeper. It also helped to make up your bed faster & easier each day.

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