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

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    You certainly don't HAVE to sew all the way around with the elastic, but I do because I like the way it looks and the clean finished edge and how snug it fits under the mattress. You could sew elastic only around the corners as some others have suggested. I have seen very high end sheets with elastic all around and they fit well and look great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Ann
    do you sew the elastic around the whole sheet
    Please see the explanations below, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollycaswell
    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Ann
    do you sew the elastic around the whole sheet
    Please see the explanations below, thanks.
    Whoops, see the explanations ABOVE, thanks

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    Where do you buy your sheet elastic?
    Lena---Livnlearn

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    Quote Originally Posted by llansinger
    Where do you buy your sheet elastic?
    Lena---Livnlearn
    If I could get a better close-up on what they have on their website, I'd buy it from ctsusa, but I can't tell for sure what their big rolls of "fold over elastic" look like. It needs to have that little rib in the middle that helps it fold easily. I'm going to go to some fabric places locally this week and see if I can get someone to identify specifically/exactly what I have and then order it. I'll keep everyone posted when I get an answer. But to answer you again, ctsusa looks like they have the best prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollycaswell
    First of all, I keep calling this "sheet elastic" but I've since learned it's called fold over elastic or elastic binding. So when I do a google search it's easier to find. I've been asked by a few of you to do a tutorial on the famous and extremely elusive "sheet elastic" and how do I make smaller fitted sheets from larger ones. Following is the reason why I even know about this trick!

    Okay, here's the story. While I was in Australia a couple of years ago with YWAM, I took some donated, flat, motel sheets and made them into fitted sheets for the many twin beds at the base. I went to a local fabric/notions store and bought "sheet elastic". It is FABULOUS stuff, has a rib down the center and elastic on both sides, probably about 5/8 to 3/4 wide and when you stitch it on the raw edge of the sheet fabric, it completly encloses the edge. The "rib" wraps around the edge, the two sides get stitched together automatically with one stitching and you can go all the way around the entire sheet with elastic, not just at the corners. When I was done with each sheet, they looked "professional" like it was factory done, the sheets were gorgeous!!

    I have searched the net and with the help of several people here on this blog I think I've found a place to order the right elastic. Meanwhile, let me see if I can walk/talk/type you through this process.

    I will explain it from the standpoint of cutting down a standard twin top sheet and making it into a standard twin fitted sheet.

    First though, I want to show you a picture of the elastic that I do have, just don't have enough to do several sheets. Also the rough pencil diagram of how to cut the sheet.
    Are you cutting off the 10 1/2 inches out of the corners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter Day-by-Day
    Quote Originally Posted by dollycaswell
    First of all, I keep calling this "sheet elastic" but I've since learned it's called fold over elastic or elastic binding. So when I do a google search it's easier to find. I've been asked by a few of you to do a tutorial on the famous and extremely elusive "sheet elastic" and how do I make smaller fitted sheets from larger ones. Following is the reason why I even know about this trick!

    Okay, here's the story. While I was in Australia a couple of years ago with YWAM, I took some donated, flat, motel sheets and made them into fitted sheets for the many twin beds at the base. I went to a local fabric/notions store and bought "sheet elastic". It is FABULOUS stuff, has a rib down the center and elastic on both sides, probably about 5/8 to 3/4 wide and when you stitch it on the raw edge of the sheet fabric, it completly encloses the edge. The "rib" wraps around the edge, the two sides get stitched together automatically with one stitching and you can go all the way around the entire sheet with elastic, not just at the corners. When I was done with each sheet, they looked "professional" like it was factory done, the sheets were gorgeous!!

    I have searched the net and with the help of several people here on this blog I think I've found a place to order the right elastic. Meanwhile, let me see if I can walk/talk/type you through this process.

    I will explain it from the standpoint of cutting down a standard twin top sheet and making it into a standard twin fitted sheet.

    First though, I want to show you a picture of the elastic that I do have, just don't have enough to do several sheets. Also the rough pencil diagram of how to cut the sheet.
    Are you cutting off the 10 1/2 inches out of the corners?
    Yes, remember this is an example for a TWIN SIZE SHEET and the calculations are based on the size of the flat sheet, minus the expected dimensions of the fitted sheet. My example left us with a cut out in all corners of 10 1/2 inches. If you go back in this blog you can see other questions and further discussion about this and some standardized sheet sizes and calculations. Hope this helps.

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    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by klarina
    this is a great tut.
    I have some flat sheets with no fitted sheet. I think I will give it a try.
    Thanks!
    I also want to thank you for the tute. I have a king fitted sheet that I will be able to cut down into a queen as it hangs over the mattress real bad and wont fit properly. With your help I now know how to fix the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annya
    Quote Originally Posted by klarina
    this is a great tut.
    I have some flat sheets with no fitted sheet. I think I will give it a try.
    Thanks!
    I also want to thank you for the tute. I have a king fitted sheet that I will be able to cut down into a queen as it hangs over the mattress real bad and wont fit properly. With your help I now know how to fix the problem.
    You are SO welcome. (ALL OF YOU!!) I've been reading info on this site for quite a while and always thought this is such a marvelous group of TERRIBLY SMART qulters/sewers/fabric mashers. I've learned lots from the tutes of others, so I'm REALLY pleased that my little bit of knowledge about something has helped some of you. Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement!!

    Oh, I almost forgot, I've ordered a sample of the elastic from CTSUSA, their order desk guy was wonderfully helpful. I'll keep you all posted when I receive the sample.

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    After reading all of this I have an observation. When cutting out the squares on the corners shouldn't you ADD the half inch seam allowances TO THE SHEET instead of adding it to the part you are cutting off??? You want the seam allowances on the part of the sheet you are keeping wouldn't you??? or am I just not reading it right???

    For instance, somewhere you mentioned for a queen size bed to cut a 15 1/2square. Shouldn't it be a 14 1/2 inch square??? Leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance on either side of the square??

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    After reading all of this I have an observation. When cutting out the squares on the corners shouldn't you ADD the half inch seam allowances TO THE SHEET instead of adding it to the part you are cutting off??? You want the seam allowances on the part of the sheet you are keeping wouldn't you??? or am I just not reading it right???

    For instance, somewhere you mentioned for a queen size bed to cut a 15 1/2square. Shouldn't it be a 14 1/2 inch square??? Leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance on either side of the square??
    Good Morning Quilterguy,
    Yes, you would add to the "sheet" part, not the cut out part. Please remember that I was trying to give a "ballpark" estimate for how to calculate the dimensions, they are not exact to the gnat's fanny!! haha In my humble opinion, a 1/2 inch seam more or less on a fitted sheet won't make a huge difference, especially if/when you have 4+ inches of material for the "tuck under" the mattress.

    All of the measurements MUST start with the size of your FLAT sheet, minus the top, minus depth on the sides, and minus tuck-under portion of your calculations for the FITTED sheet. For example, all queen flat sheets don't measure exactly the same, so you'll have to start with what you have (the existing queen flat sheet), make your calculations and see if it will work for the queen fitted.

    For example, I know if you are going to use a queen FLAT for a twin FITTED, you will have lots of sheet to work with. And you'll need it if you have a really deep twin mattress. If you have a skinny twin mattress (for example) you can possibly use a twin FLAT to make the twin FITTED, I know that works, because that's what I made for the YWAM base in Australia - fitted twin sheets from flat twin sheets, because the mattresses were pretty skinny.

    You are welcome to PM me and I'll give you my phone number and we can discuss this further if you'd like.

    Any of you on this blog are welcome to PM me for my phone number, just remember I live in Alaska and we have a time difference and I don't calculate really well in the wee hours of the night/morning!! haha

    In general, IF YOU HAVE A NEWER, VERY DEEP MATTRESS, NO MATTER WHAT SIZE (twin, full, queen, king) generally speaking, you WILL NOT be able to use the same size top to make the fitted bottom. You may be able to squeek it in, but it won't have much to tuck under and look beautiful.

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    I don't need more fitted sheets, but do have a stack of flat sheets.Some are used for company,some for dust covers.The others will be cut up to use as quilt backing...or for blocks like PP or stings quilts.Sheets seems to last & last.Seems I can always find a use for sheets.

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    Thanks for this. I have been wanting to repurpose a winter weight flannel comforter cover that I bought for a Queen size, as it is just too big and heavy, and does not fit into my washing machine!

    My children love flannel sheets and I thought I'd make some soft fitted sheets for them from it, but did not know how to start. Now I do!

    I still dont understand how to sew on the elastic, but if I buy some I'm sure I can work it out.

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    Silly question, but how do you measure and cut a sheet this size? I have a hard enough time finding room on my living room floor for a lap quilt. lol Mostly though, I'm curious how to cut it straight.

    Thanks!!

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    Another question, do you have to use fold-over elastic? Could you use regular elastic?

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    WOW this ended up being a great discussion. Thank you Dolly in Eagle River. Hope you are having the nice weather we are having as I write this.

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    Thanks for the great Tute. I have 2 twin mattresse to make a king size and the king sheets are way to big so this would work for.Where to buy the elasic is the question someone, please let me know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Silly question, but how do you measure and cut a sheet this size? I have a hard enough time finding room on my living room floor for a lap quilt. lol Mostly though, I'm curious how to cut it straight.

    Thanks!!
    When I was making the sheets in Australia I had some really big cafeteria dining tables to spread them out on. I did bring my rotary cutter and pad and you really only need to have the cutting pad under the area where you are going to cut, you don't have to have it under the entire sheet.

    Also, once you get the sheet trimmed down to the right size, you can fold it into quarters, which makes it lots smaller and then cut all four corners at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Another question, do you have to use fold-over elastic? Could you use regular elastic?
    Certainly you could use regular elastic, but I LOVED the fold over elastic because it makes such a beautiful, clean, professional looking edge all the way around the bottom of the fitted sheet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franie
    WOW this ended up being a great discussion. Thank you Dolly in Eagle River. Hope you are having the nice weather we are having as I write this.
    It's been incredible. Sunshine and blue skies and a little rain once in a while to save me the trouble of watering the lawn!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oma63
    Thanks for the great Tute. I have 2 twin mattresse to make a king size and the king sheets are way to big so this would work for.Where to buy the elasic is the question someone, please let me know?
    Okay, I promised you all that I'd keep you posted on what I learned about the elastic....the best contact, most choices, best prices (also with the best service) that I've found online is CTSUSA.COM. They don't have the exact elastic I was using in Australia, but they have a 1 inch wide fold over elastic that I'm sure will work very well. It is 1" ultra soft FOE, #04F1WSOFT and priced at $21.95 for a 50 ft roll. I've emailed them again because when I tried to order it thru their website the FED EX ground charges were going to be more than the price of the elastic.

    No, I don't need 50 yards to make sheets, but this elastic is quite beautiful and will work well for any other elastic projects that I have in the future that need a lovely edge. I think it's lingerie elastic. It's cheaper than anything at Joann's or anywhere else I've found, unless they insist on shipping via FED EX, in which case I'll balk and not order it.

    One of you darlings offered to send me some from Australia and knew exactly the elastic I was talking about. However, the shipping/mail is still likely to be a problem. I do appreciate it, however, and will keep you in mind if this doesn't work out with CTSUSA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewSydney
    Thanks for the tutorial, do you stretch the elastic as you sew?

    I have a couple of sheets that need the elastic replaced, have bought the elastic but not sure how much to stretch!!!
    Yes, stretch the elastic just like you would if you were putting it on anything else that you wanted snugged up after putting it on. Remember, it has to cinch up under the mattress.

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    Thanks for the tute! I need to do this with a couple of water bed mattress pads and sheets, to use on full sized beds. ( we've gotten rid of the water beds) :thumbup:

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    How do you measure how much elastic needed for sheet?

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