Fitted sheets with beautiful fabric can run upwards of 40+ dollars PER sheet. However, buying your own fabric (even at a steep 20$ a yard) you can likely get many of your themes elements included in making your own custom fitted sheets and get exactly what you like for less.
I tend to wander aimlessly around JoAnn’s fabric, which is where I bought these prints. I have been digitally wandering around SpoonFlower as well, but I’ve yet to buy anything—let me know if you’ve had a good experience!
What you’ll need
- Sewing Machine
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Ruler/Measuring tool
- Rotary Cutter (or scissors)
- Long needle (or long safety pin)
- 2 yards of fabric (45 inches wide)
- 2-3 yards of 1/4 inch elastic
Measure the length of the mattress and add 16 inches to the measured length. 72 inches is the length of 2 yards, you’ll likely need to cut away about 1-2 inch.
Fold the fabric in half, lengthwise cut away an 8-inch square from each end.
Sew together the newly-cut corners (ugly sides out).
Fold over a half inch and iron. Optionally fold a second time and iron down around the entire edge of the sheet.
Sew mostly all the way around the edge to create a seam, keeping part of the seam open to thread through the elastic.
If you’re using a long needle, you’ll want to sew the elastic around the needle, otherwise just use a long safety pin.
Once threaded through the seam, Pin ends in place and sew over the elastic. You may need to stretch the fabric while you sew.