How to Make a Fitted Sheet

I have never made a fitted sheet and it seemed very intimidating, but I found an amazing tutorial and managed to make a fitted sheet that looks store-bought

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I realize it is WAY easier to buy than make a fitted sheet, especially for a crib mattress or toddler bed as they are sold by themselves without the purchase of additional sheets, but for an upcoming project that Steven and I are working on (I cannot wait for you to see!) I needed a fitted sheet that was durable and could withstand being outside (yes, this project is going to be super exciting; again, CAN’T WAIT!)

I have never made a fitted sheet nor do I have a clue how to make a fitted sheet.  It seemed very intimidating considering the majority of people cannot even fold a fitted sheet let alone make one, so I went to the one place I knew would help me, PINTEREST. I found an amazing tutorial via View from the Fridge to make a fitted sheet for a crib mattress with detailed instructions that you can check out here.

So with a new excuse to go to my happy place, Hobby Lobby, I ran over to find some fabric. I definitely needed a durable fabric so I headed straight for the denim and canvas. I’m trying to stay with my shabby-chic, industrial-farmhouse, really-no-rhyme-or-reason décor I currently have working in our house, so I went with a cream canvas that I got at a great price thanks to the awesomeness of Hobby Lobby and my 40% off coupon.

With the kids off to school I had a limited amount of time to get this done before tiny hands arrived to mess with everything, including my sewing machine that I honestly cannot for the life of me remember how to use.

Sidebar: I think it’s hilarious that I’ve owned a sewing machine for years, have never even used it, and needed major help from my AWESOME mother to even figure out how it worked.


View from the Fridge gave this list of materials:

  • Fabric: 45”x69”
  • Elastic: 62” of 3/8” knit elastic (I added an inch-an inch and a half so I could sew together the overlap at the end to secure.
  • Large safety pin (of course I only had small, so it took me quite a long time to thread the elastic through, not to mention raw fingers by the end)
  • Sewing machine and thread: coordinate fabric color and thread, although you shouldn’t be able to see the thread in the finished product if you can’t find a great match.
    • Make sure you get the correct thread for the fabric you are using. I found this out the hard way when I had to go back to Hobby Lobby (oh, darn) to get a heavier duty thread.

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The Pinspired LifeCut the fabric to 45″x69″

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Fold the fabric in half, then half again the get it to 1/4 its full size.  Make sure all the edges match and are aligned together.

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From the corner where you have all raw edges, measure 9″ in from each side and cut out the corner.


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To sew each corner, fold the 9″ edges that you just cut together with the right sides facing each other.

I realize now that I forgot to take a picture of folding the corners together to sew, SO click the link here to see the original tutorial if you are at all confused on what to do.

 The Pinspired LifeSew along the 9″ edge leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.  She recommends using a zig zag stitch after to prevent fraying, and I 100% agree, especially if using canvas like I did that easily frays.

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Once you have all four corners sewed, you will need to prepare the bottom edges of the sheet for a small pocket you will sew to hold the elastic.  I folded and ironed 1/4″ of the bottom of the fabric the entire way around then followed with an additional 1/2″ fold I ironed.

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Once you have ironed down the pocket for the elastic to feed through, you will need to sew along the very bottom (or top depending on how you look at it) of the fold to allow plenty of room for the elastic inside.  Leave at least a 1″-2″ opening to feed the elastic.The Pinspired LifeAttach one end of the elastic to a safety pin (you can use a small safety pin, but trust me, a big safety pin is a lot easier and faster) and feed the elastic all the way around the sheet until you get back to the opening.  You can then either sew or tie tightly the two ends of elastic together and sew your pocket opening closed.

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Following the tutorial and improvising on a few elements I was able to make my very first fitted sheet for Mason’s toddler mattress. I couldn’t be more excited and am actually pretty proud of myself, considering I haven’t used a sewing machine since high school Home Ec for the saddest pillow you’ve ever seen.

Now Steven and I just have to finish our other little (that has turned into a big) project to use the mattress. I am so super excited to unveil the finished project to y’all and even more excited to actually get to use it. Stay tuned for the big reveal!

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About Tara Lewis

I share a blessed life with my amazing husband & children, and created The Pinspired Life: a place dedicated to inspiring the mind, body, & spirit!

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