DIY Crib Sheet | Free Tutorial

 Making your own diy crib sheet is easy, fun and actually quite affordable!

DIY Crib Sheet

With this easy diy crib sheet tutorial you can really brighten up the nursery and choose fabrics that coordinate perfectly with your decor!IMG_6793

I whipped up a few DIY crib sheets one afternoon and my favorite is this striped teal sheet. I used seersucker and after an initial wash it is super soft. Plain quilting cotton works great too and I’m thinking of doing some in a cozy flannel or even minky for the cooler months

Since we have a mini crib (which I love!) it’s nearly impossible to find sheets so I’m glad it’s so easy to make my own. I also have all of the instructions you need to sew up some sheets for your full size crib or toddler bed as well. We have the full range of beds at our house 🙂

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Let’s get started!

DIY Crib Sheet Materials

  • Fabric: Seersucker, Quilting Cotton, Flannel… (1.5 yards for a mini crib and 2 yards for a full size crib or toddler bed)
  • 1/4″ elastic (1.5 yards for a mini crib, 2 yards for a full size crib)

Crib mattresses do vary in depth but these dimensions should work for a majority of cribs.

DIY Crib Sheet Instructions

1. If you have your mattress handy just lay it on top of your fabric piece. Leave enough fabric on each side to wrap around the mattress. I left a 7″ overhang for my 3″ deep mattress and it would’ve been plenty for a thicker mattress as well. From each corner cut out a square in the same dimensions as your fabric overhang. For my mini mattress that was 7″.  Skip on down to get standard cutting dimensions for any sheet.

Here’s the dimensions you’ll need for a standard crib or mini diy crib sheet. I’ve included the mattress dimensions so you can measure against your own mattress and adjust as needed. The dimensions for the fabric are listed right on the “sheet” portion of the diagram.

crib dimensions2. Now fold the fabric at each corner so the right sides of the fabric are together and the “cut-out” edge from your square are lined up (7″ for mini crib and 9″ for standard crib). Sew together and finish with a serger, zig-zag stitching or pinking shears to prevent fraying in the wash.

3. Finish the entire outside edge of the sheet with a serger, zig-zag stitch or pinking shears. For an extra nice finishing touch you can also iron it under 1/4″ all the way around which will prevent fraying and give a nice finish. Fold the bottom edge up 1/2″ and sew in place to create your elastic casing. Leave a 1″ gap so you can thread the elastic through.

4. Thread your elastic through the casing, sew the ends together and close up the gap in the casing. You can use a large safety pin or a bodkin (much quicker!) to thread the elastic through. I find it’s easiest to start with a long length of elastic and then tug it to the desired snugness and trim the excess after trying it on the mattress. For a mini crib you’ll need approximately 1.5 yards and for a full size crib or toddler bed approximately 2 yards.

And that’s it for the DIY crib sheet! Now make a few more… you know you’ll need them 🙂

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10 Responses

  1. I’m finding so many cotton fabrics are now only 42 inches wide. How do I compensate so the sheet will still fit a standard size crib mattress? Thank you!

  2. I LOVE this!! I was sitting here thinking why is she doing this to me!!! Not a bad thing, now I am really ready to do something super special and sweet for my baby girl’s crib. Thank you for this tutorial!!!

  3. I’ve been wanting to make my own crib sheets for a while now but have been kind of nervous about trying it. Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Super cute! There seems to be a lot of space between the mattress and the crib…just wondering about the potential safety hazard there?

  5. I had to make crib sheets for my daughter’s nursery when she was born. At the time, everyone was doing soft pastels for babies and I wanted hot pink and lime green. Those colors are easy to find in stores now, but back then the only I was going to have lime green crib sheets was if I made them myself. Great tutorial! I’ve got a link posted on Craft Gossip:

  6. I made a tutorial for this same thing a few years ago when I needed mini crib sheets too! I love your tutorial so much more than mine! Laying the mattress down and cutting the fabric odd that is GENIUS! Mine involves lots of measuring. Ugh! Great job! Next time I need sheets, this is how I’ll give it a go! Thanks!

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