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

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    Junior Member kittykatz2001's Avatar
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    Here is a link to a video using fold over elastic. Not on a sheet, just showing how she stretches it. I am going to make covers for the cushions on my sofa. This will work great.

    http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angr...ld-over-e.html

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    i was wanting to do this. glad i was digging thru old tut's.

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    I have been doing this for years, for all mattress sizes. What you have to remember is that however wide and long your mattress is, for an example only say: 70 x 80 .. and the mattress is 10 inches thick. At 70 inches thick, your sheet would have to measure first the 70 inches, then twice the 10 inches for the thickness, and then you must add 2 inches to each side for the application of the elastic.

    The same instructions go for the length of the sheet. Now that you have that figured out, you can draw the pattern on the sheet, remove the twelve inch square at each corner, sew the edges together, apply the elastic, and you're done.

    Since my husband won't use a top sheet either, I use duvet covers over twin comforters on our king size bed. I have learned to make these duvet covers from my unused top sheets.

    I've made lots of baby crib sheets this way with special "baby" fabric, and the new moms always are so pleased to have especially, flannel sheets for winter. Flannel can usually be purchased wide enough for the 36 inch wide, by 6 inch thick, plus the four inches overhang (two each side) standard baby crib size mattress.

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    Can someone please post a picture of how the elastic looks when it's sewn into the sheet? I'm having a hard time visualizing this. My sheets all have casings for the elastic. I recently replaced the elastic in one sheet because it had disintegrated and stretched. It wasn't hard at all, which is why I'm wondering why you'd have to buy special elastic.

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    I ordered the foldover elastic off the internet. i was somewhat surprised when it arrived. it doesn't seem to have the stretch to it, that regular elastic has. no reason someone couldn't use regular elastic., it just might not look as pretty on the edge. going to give it a try.

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    When was my was small and in his youthbed, i made all his sheets, some even glow in the dark ones.

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    The elastic I use all the time for sheet making is a nice stretchy 1/2 inch elastic. on a large sheet, I usually just go about 18 inches both sides from the now-sewn-in corner and stretch a piece of elastic about that far - about 36 inches and then apply it to the edge of the sheet, starting eighteen inches from a corner, and ending up about eighteen inches from the corner.

    Since I have finished the edge of the sheet itself with a turned under hem the elastic is applied to the underside (seam) side of the sheet.

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    Thank you, I can't get a fitted sheet (commercial) to stay on the bed. It will be nice to have enough tuck under to make it stay put.

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