Sneak Peak of the Nursery and a Crib Sheet Tutorial

You may have long given up on seeing the nursery.  I know, I promised a reveal over a year ago.  And I can assure you, it is coming.  It is unquestionably the sweetest room in the house.  I still am so delighted that I got to do a girl nursery.

One thing I did in the process of making a very custom nursery both for my daughter, and our all of our sons, (see our last boy’s nursery here) is I made crib sheets.  Sure you can by crib sheets anywhere.  But with the all the safety these day of leaving a crib empty of blankets and crib bumpers, a unique crib sheet is a way to make a simple and practically safe statement in a nursery.  It is also a super easy project.

Here is another sneak peak of my sweet girl’s nursery.  I love walking by the open door.  It brings me so much joy.  The soft femininity speaks not only my creative language, but it speaks of a story of a promise fulfilled.  You can read more about the story of our daughter here if you missed it last year.

Baby Girl Nursery

girl nursery

I made a couple of sheets, so we could always have a spare.  I also made the tulle and linen crib skirt, simply because I had a girl, and I could.  And that antique doll carriage, that makes my heart all giddy, it was my great grandmother’s.  It’s over a hundred years old!  Until recently, it’s sat there telling a story of little girl’s play for centuries.  Now I have it hidden as my very mobile 12 month old doesn’t quite understand it’s value.

Custom Crib Sheets for Nursery

I also made the sheets for our sweet vintage boy’s nursery several years ago.  You can see more of that here.

Tutorial – How to Make Custom Crib Sheets

What You Need:

sewing machine

fabric scissors

2 yards cotton fabric

thread

80 inches of 1/4″ elastic

ruler

1 small safety pin

  1.  Cut your piece of fabric in a rectangle of 45 inches x 67 inches. (If the width is a little less than 45 inches, it will be fine.)Crib Sheet Tutorial
  2. Cut an 8in x 8in square in each of the four corners of the large rectangle. If you fold the fabric in half lengthwise, you can cut two layers at a time.Crib Sheet Tutorial
  3. Bring the 8in square piece to form a triangle.  Pin and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Crib Sheet Tutorial
  4. Serge the edge for a professional finish.  Do this to all four corners. Iron the finished seam to the left on all four seams (this will make threading the elastic much easier).
  5. Fold the raw edge around the entire edge under 1/4″.  Fold under another 1/2″  and sew around the edge making sure to provide at least 3/8″ for the elastic casing.  Leave an opening of 2″ to insert the elastic.Crib Sheet Tutorial
  6. Use a safety pin to secure one end of the elastic and thread through the casing to make the fitted sheet. Crib Sheet Tutorial

Sew the elastic together with a forward and backward stitch several times.  Sew shut the opening.  Crib Sheet Tutorial

And you’re finished!

Crib Sheet Tutorial

Bassinet Crib Sheet Measurements

If you would like to make bassinet crib sheets for a bassinet, or I used a bassinet mattress on my changing table, the directions are adaptable with smaller measurements.

Cut your fabric in a 26″x 39″ rectangle.  Cut the squares in the four corners to be 6″.  And use 40″ of elastic around the edge.

I hope you found the tutorial helpful.  The full reveal is coming soon!  I promise!

Cheryl