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Thread: Making twin fitted sheets from twin flat with SHEET ELASTIC

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    Quote Originally Posted by franie
    Dolly, thank you for those instructions. Where do you find the elastic like that? I have made baby crib sheets exactly like that. What a great idea for sheets for reg beds. Grandchildren would love them!
    Hey Fran in AK! Nice to hear from you, and you're welcome. I've been given LOTS OF websites to check on, so I'll make some calls on Tuesday after the 4th. I'll post here when I order and receive the right stuff. I need to talk with them because pics online are not really very clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollycaswell
    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers
    Quote Originally Posted by blueangel
    I have done this with crib sheets.
    I've wanted to make crib sheets as I have some really darling baby fabric. Can you PM me with the instructions you use or post it so everyone who is interested in making the crib blankets can use it. I don't even have a crib to check the size but I do have a brand new great granddau. born prematurely last Monday. Thank you.
    The tute is at the front of this thread. If you have more questions you can ask again, but I don't have much more to add - the tute says it all.
    Dolly, thanks for your answer. I saw the tute but didn't know if the same dementions worked for a quilt...I think the cut out square on the twin in the tute is 10 1/2 " square. That seems like too much for a crib????

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    that is a great tut. i've never seen that type of elastic before. thanks for sharing.
    Nan, I see the elastic all the time in JoAnn's or other sewing supply stores, but it's in tiny bubble packs that cost $4-5 each. I'm on a budget and need to do several sheets, and I would rather spend about $1-2 per sheet.

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    Thank you for sharing this tutorial. The kids like to have the character sheets but the top sheet, in the package, is worthless....too narrow and short to tuck under so it usually just ends up in a ball while they sleep. I finally just stopped even putting them on the bed. Now I know what I'll be doing with those extra top sheets!!! :thumbup:

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    Believe me, I don't normally get involved in what goes on behind closed doors of married (or unmarried) couples, but
    what pray tell does hubby use to keep warm in the winter that doesn't get wrapped around his legs.
    I apologize, but this "inquiring mind wants to know" LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by gammieju
    Have you considered making the bottom corners of the top sheet into fitted corners so that they do not ride up and wrap around his legs. I have done this because of the same reason and it makes it easier to makeup the bed.
    I sewed the top sheet to the fitted bottom sheet acrosss the bottom to prevent this

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    Thanks for the tute, Dolly!
    I copied it to print but can't seem to be able to copy the pics! All I get is the address of the ture!
    Did you use the top demensions for the mattress? I need to make a full width out of a queen.
    Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers
    Quote Originally Posted by dollycaswell
    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers
    Quote Originally Posted by blueangel
    I have done this with crib sheets.
    I've wanted to make crib sheets as I have some really darling baby fabric. Can you PM me with the instructions you use or post it so everyone who is interested in making the crib blankets can use it. I don't even have a crib to check the size but I do have a brand new great granddau. born prematurely last Monday. Thank you.
    The tute is at the front of this thread. If you have more questions you can ask again, but I don't have much more to add - the tute says it all.
    Dolly, thanks for your answer. I saw the tute but didn't know if the same dementions worked for a quilt...I think the cut out square on the twin in the tute is 10 1/2 " square. That seems like too much for a crib????
    Oh, my yes, you don't cut out that much for a crib size sheet. You are only cutting out that much because you are basing the cut on the twin size fitted sheet measurements. Basically you need to cut out the squares in the corners equal to the depth of the sides of the mattress and the amount of "tuck under" that you want. The 10 1/2 inches was based on a 7 inch deep mattress and a 3 inch tuck under with 1/2 inch seam allowance. You need to measure the crib mattress and cut different corners out for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry leffler
    Thanks for the tute, Dolly!
    I copied it to print but can't seem to be able to copy the pics! All I get is the address of the ture!
    Did you use the top demensions for the mattress? I need to make a full width out of a queen.
    Terry
    Yes Terry, the dimensions I used was the standard size for a TWIN SIZE mattress. For a queen, you need to measure your mattress and then measure the depth of the mattress and the amount you want to tuck under, for example if your queen mattress is 10 inches deep and want a tuck under of 5 inches, you would want to cut 15 1/2 inches out of the corner (1/2 inch for seams). BUTTTTTTT, stop everything here!!! You have to start with the size of the sheet FIRST. YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE ENOUGH TO TO TUCK UNDER 5 INCHES. What size is your sheet? Make all your calculations based on the size of the sheet. For a queen fitted you'll possibly have to use a king flat sheet in order to have it fit the depth of the mattress and the tuck under you need. Just measure and give it some careful consideration before you cut.

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    "Ditto"////Thanks for the Tute!!

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    Ooo, thanks for the tut. I currently have a fitted on my king size that the elastic wore out on but sheet still fine. I wanted to replace the elastic but was not sure how to. I have never done that and was going to Google it. Now I don't have to.

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    Not sure who this was posted to, but my DH is always under a k size comforter. it's puffy,warm & comfy.I always hate having to shop for a new one that meets those standards :) Odd....but the cheaper ones work best.



    Quote Originally Posted by MissJMac
    Believe me, I don't normally get involved in what goes on behind closed doors of married (or unmarried) couples, but
    what pray tell does hubby use to keep warm in the winter that doesn't get wrapped around his legs.
    I apologize, but this "inquiring mind wants to know" LOL

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    [quote=plainpat].....but DH is so tall, the 1st thing he does anywhere,is to pull the bottom sheet loose.

    My DH does this too. So when I make up our bed, I don't even tuck anything back under the mattress. The bedspread hides the loose ends.
    :lol:

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    **********************MAKING FITTED SHEETS FROM FLAT SHEETS***********************
    After searching the internet, I’ve come up with the following as “standards” (loosely speaking) for bedding sizes. I’ve also discovered that some of the extra deep newer mattresses (some with pillow tops) are 16 to 20 inches deep and would take a great deal more fabric to start with and make a difference in the size of the corner cut-outs.
    Since beds come in different sizes, so do the sheets covering them. Sheet sizes are determined by the length and width of the bed and come in the following categories: twin, double, queen, king and California king. These sheet sizes are seen throughout the industry.
    Sheet sizes are fairly standard except for the "pocket" measurement on fitted sheets. This tells the shopper/sewer how "deep" the sheet is, in case he or she has an extra thick mattress, or one with a pillow-top. So, if you have a thick mattress, look for a deeper pocket, ensuring the sheet will be a good fit.
    As a rule, sheet sizes are (for fitted sheets):
    TWIN - 39 inches (99 centimeters) wide by 75 inches (191 centimeters)
    DOUBLE - 54 inches (137 centimeters) wide by 75 inches (191 centimeters)
    QUEEN - 60 inches (150 centimeters) by 80 inches (201 centimeters)
    KING - 80 inches by 80 inches (203 centimeters)
    CALIF KING72 inches (183 centimeters) by 84 inches (213 centimeters)
    A shopper can expect sheet sizes to be 20 to 30 inches (51 to 76 centimeters) longer and wider for the fitted sheets in each size.
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    STANDARD MATTRESS SIZES + mattress depth added for drop on all four sides
    CRIB: 26 x 48 IF the sides are 5” deep, then add 10 in. to each dimension for total of approx 36 x 58
    Add tuck under of 4 inches each side = approx 44 x 66

    TWIN: 39 x 75 IF the sides are 8” deep, then add 16 in. to each dimension for approx 55 x 91
    Add tuck under of whatever amount you have, at least 3+ inches if possible, or go to next larger sheet
    Example, a standard twin TOP sheet is 66 x 96, maybe enough to make a twin FITTED sheet

    DOUBLE: 54 x 75 IF depth = 10” then add 20 in. to each dimension for total of approx 74 x 95
    Add tuck under of whatever amount you have, at least 3+ inches if possible, or go to next larger sheet
    Example: standard DOUBLE flat sheet is 81 x 96, this is too close to make the fitted bottom. If it were me, I’d use this for a twin, or go to a queen size to make my double fitted bottom sheet.

    QUEEN: 60 x 80 IF matt depth = 11” add 22 in. to each dimension or approx 82 x 102
    Add tuck under of whatever amount you have, at least 3+ inches if possible, or go to next larger sheet
    Example: standard queen FLAT is 90 x 102, that’s not big enough – go to a king size, or use your queen flat for a full or twin bed.

    KING: 80 x 80 IF matt depth = 12” then add 24 in. to each dimension for approx 104 x 104
    Add tuck under of whatever amount you have, at least 3+ inches if possible, or go to next larger sheet, but it's not likely you'll find a larger sheet, instead you would need to piece on the ends and sides.
    To make a King fitted sheet from a King flat you should measure VERY carefully to see if you have enough. Remember you have to have some “tuck under” and you might possibly need to add material on the bottom and sides to make the fitted sheet big enough, especially if you have a very deep mattress.

    CAL KING: 72 x 84 IF matt depth = 12” then add 24 in. to each dimension for approx 96 x 108
    Add tuck under of whatever amount you have, at least 3+ inches if possible, or go to next larger sheet, but it's not likely you will find a sheet any larger. Instead you would have to add to the sides and the ends but be sure to put any seams on the edges of the sheet, not on the part where you sleep - it would be very uncomfortable there.
    Same as above.

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    this is a great tut.
    I have some flat sheets with no fitted sheet. I think I will give it a try.
    Thanks!

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    Thank you soo much!

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    Thank you soo much!

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    I have a sheet sitting in the closet waiting for me to figure out how to do this--my brain is soooo lazy! Thanks for the tutorial- this solves my problem! Great information!

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    Wonder if Joanns or other local stores carry fold over elastic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    Wonder if Joanns or other local stores carry fold over elastic?
    I've seen similar, but like I said in a previous discussion, they are the small bubble packs that cost about $4-5 each as I recall.

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    For Feathers -

    For a crib sheet cut 39 1/2" x 62 1/2" sheet fabric; seams 3/8" - cut 5" squares out of all four corners of your crib sheet fabric; with right sides together sew cut-out sections together to form corners to go over the mattress (serge, or sew and then zigzag); I then would fold over raw edges all the way around 1/4" and then again 1/4"; I would then take 1/4 inch elastic and start 6-10 inches from the corner and sew the elastic on the wrong side of the sheet stretching it as you sew from one corner to the next right on the 1/4" hem. I don't sew it all the way around the sheet, but you can if you prefer.

    I would make them out of flannel and they fit perfectly. You can do the same thing and make cradle sheets the only difference is the size - large cradle 24" x 40" and small cradle 22" x 38" cutting out 2" squares in all four corners.

    I never worried about anyone seeing the elastic as it is on the inside of the sheet next to the mattress. Very fast and fun. Always a big hit and if you are giving it as a gift with something else you can use the sheet as wrapping paper. Enjoy!

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    what do you mean sew the corner together you show dash lines on 2 sides what do you sew together.Do you completely cut out the whole corner

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    do you sew the elastic around the whole sheet

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    Thanks for this info, just yesterday I had another bottom sheet bite the dust and realized I have a few flats without bottoms, no I can repurpose them and get more life out of them. And put enough elastic on them so I don't have to worry about them popping off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Ann
    what do you mean sew the corner together you show dash lines on 2 sides what do you sew together.Do you completely cut out the whole corner
    yes, you cut a square out of each corner BUT ONLY AFTER you have made all your calculations and come up with the size of square you need to cut out.

    You will fold the corners back on each other, like a giant dart, and sew them together. If you go look at your fitted sheets you will see that they have done some sort of alteration in the corners to make it fit down around the corner of the mattress.

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