DIY Fitted Crib Sheet

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Tutorials

make your own fitted sheet

I finally found some fabric! This was only cheap enough for me because it was just under 2 yards, so the second almost-yard was 75% off. I love when that happens!


I used the instructions from J Caroline Creative, only I didn’t have quite 68″ in length (because they cut fabric sooo crooked! A huge pet peeve of mine, by the way…). I was worried it wouldn’t tuck under enough, but it’s fine.

A few of my own tips:

  • When sewing the corners together, start at the edge and sew into the middle. If you go the other way, the edges might not match up exactly.
  • Serge the edges before putting the elastic in (fairly obvious…)
  • When sewing the elastic into the corners, use a serpentine/zigzag stitch, one where the zigzag is made up of several smaller stitches rather than just one.
  • Also when sewing the elastic, start in the center and sew out towards the edge.

And I haven’t had much experience using elastic, so I thought a little video tutorial on how to sew the elastic in the corners would be helpful.


P.S. If you are interested in learning how to fold a fitted sheet, I made a quick video for you showing you how.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melinda May 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

I really should try this. I’ve been looking for quality inexpensive burgundy crib sheets for 2 years, no luck

2 Baba May 7, 2009 at 12:04 pm

The video is a great help! Thanks so much.

3 Michelle May 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I’m slightly scared of elastic, and while my kids’ crib sheet days are long gone, the video is going to be helpful for so many other projects in the future. Thanks!

4 urban craft May 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Oh, thank you for this. I can’t believe I didn’t think of making this sooner. I have hated and had problems with every single brand of crib sheet I have purchased.

5 Shannon May 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I have a few questions…I need to make a little fitted crib sheet (smaller size than normal crib) but I don’t have a serger. How would I sew it without? Would I hem the edges first or something? And would the dimensions of a smaller sheet just be a little larger than the length, width and depth of the mattress?

6 Suzie July 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Following your directions, I made my first fitted crib sheet. I must say they turned out pretty well. The video tutorial was great for the elastic. Thanks!

7 Shay June 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

Great instructions, thanks.

8 Jeannette Rheault July 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Twin sheets also work great for making crib sheets and with how cheep they are at walmart makes them even cheaper.

9 Nguyen Truong January 17, 2011 at 7:31 am

Thank you for your video instruction. I now know how to hold a fitted sheet the proper way.

Please know that your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.


10 Marie January 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks so much for this video – I can’t wait to get started

11 Annie May 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

Awesome tutorial! Thanks for the video. I got the concept of it but I am such I visual person!!

12 artteacher January 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

My grandchild has been diagnosed with eczema. It appears on her face. I find crib sheets to be made from very rough fabric so I am taking high thread count twin sheets and making them into crib sheets. ( one twin makes two crib sheets with very little waste). This blog was really helpful!! Very well done. PS> don’t get cheap fabric for sheets. It may be rougher than you want for an infant and after several washings it may irritate the child’s face. Thanks for the great info. Im going to put the elastic in right now.

13 Reneè May 23, 2012 at 4:13 am

I tried making this sheet but my elastic was no longer very elasticy. Did I pull the elastic TOO tight? Or have the wrong zig-zag stich? Thanks
You made it look so beautiful although it looks like I did the same thing you did ha ha.

14 Kristy June 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

I found this tutorial on Pinteret a few months ago, and I’ve already made four. I found that a queen sized fitted sheet provided enough fabric AND elastic to make two crib sheets, but I had to piece together a couple of corners of the fabric.

15 Kelsey July 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

That can happen – You want to stretch the elastic just so it’s the same length as the fabric, no more. It’s tricky…good luck!

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