How to Make a Crib Sheet | Easy DIY Crib Sheet Tutorial

Are you ready to learn how to make a crib sheet? Making your own crib sheet is easy, fun, and affordable! A custom crib sheet can run you quite a bit if you purchase it but you’ll find that making it yourself isn’t hard at all.

How to Make a Crib Sheet | DIY Crib Sheet

I’ve made a few different crib sheets over the years for my different babies so I have a little bit of experience. Here’s the first one I made for Anne when she was a baby:

DIY Crib Sheet

So I have a little experience making these crib sheets. You can do it with just a couple of yards of fabric.  With this easy DIY crib sheet tutorial you can really brighten up the nursery and choose fabrics that coordinate perfectly with your decor!


I whipped up a few 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.IMG_6788

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 🙂

DIY Crib Sheet Materials and Fabric

  • 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.

How to Sew the Fitted Crib Sheet

Crib Sheet Step 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.

how to make a crib sheetCrib Sheet Step 2: 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.

Crib Sheet Step 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.

Crib Sheet Step 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! You know how to make a crib sheet. Now make a few more… you know you’ll need them 🙂

Other Tutorials to Make for the Baby Nursery

When I was getting started here at Peek-a-Boo I was sewing constantly for my babies. I have a number of tutorials both for babies and for the baby nursery. Here’s a couple of favorites:

  1. DIY Baby Mobile: We have a few different tutorials to make a mobile for your baby nursery. This blog post actually contains 3 different tutorials for different mobiles and different ideas for how to assemble them. Come take a look.
  2. DIY Self Binding Baby Blanket: In this tutorial, Stephanie gives an excellent step-by-step on how to put together a no-sew baby blanket. This tutorial also comes with a size chart so you can get the perfect blanket for your baby.
  3. Crib Skirt: See How I made an easy crib skirt right here.

Baby Sewing Patterns

We have a TON of baby patterns over at Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop in our Lullaby Line Baby Section. These are some of our most popular patterns and make excellent baby gifts. I can’t go over them all here so go take a look. Here are a couple of fun ones to get you started:

Also, be sure to join our sewing community in our Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook Group.

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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