How To Make A Fitted Mini Crib Sheet: Is It Essential?
Babies also need to have a bed sheet, particularly a fitted bed sheet for their mini crib. Using a flat sheet for a mini crib may not be safe for the baby as it can be easily removed from the mattress, which might lead to a baby's suffocation. On the other hand, using a fitted sheet for a mini crib would be more secure. It is better to make a fitted mini crib sheet rather than buy a ready-made sheet to ensure that it will perfectly fit the mini crib's mattress. The following guide will teach you how to make a fitted mini crib sheet.
How to Make a Fitted Mini Crib Sheet
To know how to make a fitted mini crib sheet, here are the materials needed:
- 1.5 yards of fabric
- Sewing machine and notions
- 54 inches of ¼ inches elastic
- Safety pins
To understand how to make a fitted mini crib sheet, here are the steps:
Make Time: 1 hour per sheet
Cut your fabric for a crib mattress that is about 3 to 5 inches thick. Measure the top of the mattress and add 12 inches to both its length and width. That is the measurement of the rectangle that you need to cut. Then on every corner, cut out a 4.5 inches square.
Fold and pin the right sides of the fabric together in every corner, then sew a straight stitch leaving about a ½ inches hem.
Iron a rolled hem around the edges of the fabric. Fold the edges over with ¼ inch, and then over again with another ½ inch; this should hide all the raw edges and show the pocket that will house the elastic. You may fold and pin if you like, or you may fold and iron as you continue.
Begin sewing a straight stitch along the ironed hem. You need to sew almost around the sheet but leave an opening with not more than 3 inches wide unsewn. You might want to place a safety pin on 3 inches ahead of where you started sewing to remind you to stop. It is essential to put a safety pin to ensure that you will not sew right on through by accident.
Measure and cut the 54 inches of elastic and attach the safety pin to one end. Begin feeding the safety pin through the hem, inserting it through the 3 inches area that you did not sew. Continue bunching the fabric up around the pin and feeding it trough, pulling the cloth along the extent of the elastic every so often. It is best to put a safety pin on the opposite ends of the elastic to the other part of the unsewn area on the hem; that way, you do not pull by accident the elastic all the way through and have to start over.
Once you have fed the elastic through and have a tail of elastic coming out of either part of your hem, sew the two ends of elastic together. Overlap them by about 1 inch and sew a straight stitch back and forth a few times. Then pull the elastic all around the sheet so that it will be evenly disseminated.
Finish your sheet by sewing a straight stitch on the 3 inches of open hem that you did not sew. Make sure not to sew the elastic down with it as well.
With the following steps, everyone can make their own fitted mini crib sheets. You may also want to find other ways to make the preparation of your fitted mini crib sheet easier.
Best Fabric to Use for a Fitted Mini Crib
The following are the best type of crib sheet that is best for your newborn:
- Cotton. Classic 100% cotton bed sheets are often the standard for choosing a baby crib sheet.
- Polyester. Polyester sheets are a budget-friendly option.
- Flannel. This fabric is soft that comes in different colors.
- Waterproof. This type of fabric will ensure that the mattress will be free from getting wet.
- Baby Protection
To add fun, you may use fabrics with cartoon characters on them. Making different fitted mini crib sheets with different colors and designs will make it more beautiful and exciting.
With the proper instruction and tools, every mother will learn how to make a fitted mini crib sheet. We hope that this guide would be able to bring more comfort for your babies while they are sleeping soundly on their crib.
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