Cotton sheets are crisp and clean and they launder beautifully, but they can also feel cool on baby's cheeks. We suggest switching up to a cuddly fleece that can help your little one drift off to dreamland in warm and cozy comfort. Our double-sided plush fleece is the same bold yellow and white polka dot featured on the Little Sunshine Support Pillow. Soft and pretty.
Our thanks to Fabric.com for providing the fleece for today's crib sheet as well as all the other fabric in our entire Little Sunshine nursery series.
Since we're moving into the warmer months of the year, retail outlets are looking to make room for summery fabric options, and fleece can often be found on sale. It comes in wonderfully wide widths, often up to 60"+, giving you lots to work with for today's crib sheet with plenty leftover for accompanying projects, such as the Little Sunshine Support Pillow, or a cute blanket.
This project is sized for a standard 52" x 28" x 6" deep crib mattress and is based on an original tutorial by Joanna Armour for Michael Miller Fabrics.
Sewing Tools You Need
Fabric and Other Supplies
- 2 yards of 44-45"+ wide fleece fabric: we used double-sided Plush Coral Fleece in Yellow Polka Dot from Fabric.com (#0325717)
- 2 yards of ¼" flat elastic; we used Dritz ¼" Knit Non-Roll Elastic
- All purpose thread to match fabric
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Tape measure
- Straight pins
- Safety pin
- From your fabric, cut ONE rectangle 45" wide x 69" long. We were careful when cutting our fabric to insure the dots ran in straight lines.
NOTE: For some fabrics, this cut will mean you use the entire width of the fabric, including the selvedge.
- Using a ruler, tape, or a square you've drawn and cut from paper as a pattern, measure and mark an 8" x 8" square at each corner of your fabric rectangle.
- Cut out the 8" x 8" square from each corner.
- If necessary, cut the elastic into ONE 72" length.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Fold each corner right sides together. You are matching the raw edges of each corner cut, which will create a little "triangle fold" in the fabric at the inside point of the seam. Pin in place.
- Using a ¼" seam, stitch together from top to bottom. We used our Janome Quarter Inch Seam foot.
NOTE: Remember, our fleece fabric is double-sided, so it appears as if we are sewing wrong sides together in our photos, but both sides actually look the same. If your fleece is single-sided, make sure you work right sides together.
- Finish the seam allowance, using your favorite method. Fleece doesn't ravel like woven fabrics, so this finishing step is for strength. We used a triple stretch stitch. For more about machine sewn finishes, check out our four-part series that starts with Most Popular.
- Repeat to pin, seam and finish each corner.
Create the casing tunnel for the elastic
- To create the casing tunnel, fold back the entire perimeter of the sheet ½" and pin in place. As mentioned above, since the fleece won't fray, a double-fold hem is not necessary.
- Set up your machine for a generous zig zag stitch. Stitch around the entire perimeter. Align the zig zag so the raw edge of the single fold is between the left and right swings of the needle. This stitch secures the single fold hem and finishes the edge is one pass, creating a wide enough tunnel for the ¼" elastic to pass through.
- Leave an approximate 3" opening between your starting and ending points. This is where you will insert the elastic. Remember to lock your seam at either side of the opening.
- Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic. Slide the safety pin into the opening of the casing.
- Work the elastic all the way around until it comes out again through the opposite side of the opening.
- Gather the fabric along the length of the elastic as you go, so the unpinned end of the elastic does not accidentally get pulled inside the tunnel. It also helps to hold on to 6"- 8" of the unpinned elastic end to keep it from slipping into the casing.
- When the safety pin comes out of the other side of the tunnel opening, remove the safety pin and overlap the two ends 2"- 3". Pin in place (or just hold the ends together), and secure with several rows of zigzag stitching. Be generous with your stitching so the elastic ends do not pull apart. You want to be able to stretch the sheet over and over again; baby linens get changed a lot!
- Pull the tunnel hem straight so the remainder of the elastic disappears inside the tunnel.
- Zig zag the tunnel opening closed, matching your new seam to the start and end points of the existing zig zag seam.
Project Concept: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild
Some of the materials featured here or used in this project were provided free of charge by Fabric.com. All opinions are our own.