DIY crib sheet {a tutorial}


Are you sick of boring crib sheets? Want a few custom sheets that are unique & add extra personality to the babies room? I get requests for crib sets (bumper, skirt, sheet quilt). I love making each one unique with the color scheme & theme the Mom is dreaming up in her head & I love bringing it to life.

I love making crib/toddler bed sheets. Of course, I didn’t make them for my boys because I was in the trenches of motherhood & didn’t come up for air very often. But now that I have my business, lil’ alice, I can make beautiful sheets for new momma’s looking to personalize their sweet babies crib.

So let’s get started.

Supplies needed:

2 yards of fabric (45 inches wide)

2 yards of elastic (5/8 or 1/2)

matching thread

serger or sewing machine

8×8 square (cut out of paper or card stock)

cut each corner of the 2 yards with the 8×8 square.

with one corner fold the just cut edges together & pin & sew (with sewing machine or serger). repeat on all the corners.

if you have a serger, serge around all four edges of the 2 yards.
if you have a machine, fold over the raw edges and press.

once you have serged the edges or folded the raw edges, fold a pocket a little bigger than the elastic, & press.

sew all four edges, leaving 1.5 inch opening to feed the elastic through.

place a safety pin on your elastic to feed through the pocket of the sheet. use a straight pin to hold the end of the elastic close to the opening. this is so you don’t loose the elastic in the pocket.

once the elastic is through the pocket, securely sew the elastic ends together several times with a zig zag stitch, & sew the opening closed.

stretch the elastic until evenly dispersed through the pocket.

ready for baby to sleep on.

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  1. 1

    Thanks so much for such a great tutorial! I’m always so bad at buying fabric, though. What type of fabric do you recommend for crib/toddler sheets? 100% cotton?

  2. 2

    I have a silly question, but can you verify – do you cut an 8×8″ square out of each corner? Thanks for the reply.

  3. 3

    Agreed on the questions. 100% cotton? 8×8 square cut on all corners?


  4. 4

    Hey ladies,
    Sorry I didn’t respond on here, I was camping and all I had was an iPhone and little reception. I did respond by emails, but wanted to put my comments on here for public use too.

    Alisson, yes 100% cotton is great, but also is flannel for the colder temps. I’ve also seen people use the minky fabric that is oh so soft. It’s pictured in the top picture behind the sheet. Anything cozy will work.

    Kymberly & Polly, yes, cut a 8×8 square out of all 4 corners. These become the pockets for the corner of the sheet.

    Great questions ladies! Happy Sewing!

  5. 5

    Super yay! I have some fabric I bought to make my daughter’s bedding – she is now 1 and I bought it when she was about 2 months! This has gotten me motivated – it will be easier than I thought! Thank you!

  6. 6

    Yippee!!! It’s so easy. Have fun making it.

  7. 7

    i just made my daughter a nice warm flannel sheet–so simple and easy! thanks for your great directions!

  8. 8

    I’m hoping to make my daughter some flannel Christmas sheets! Will this work if the sheets are only 42-43in wide?

  9. 9

    I think it’s not so easy as i am thinking to make them. Thanks for introduce us.

  10. 10
    Sarah Doherty says:

    Hi Katy! I love your tutorial. I was wondering if the 44 inches wide fabric I have would work? Thanks!

  11. 11

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  12. 12

    This is an excellent tutorial, and I’m so excited to make sheets for my first grandchild! I found some adorable fabric that is 57 inches wide. How can I use this size? Do I still use 8″ squares for the corners?

  13. 13

    How would the measurements change if the fabric is only 43 inches wide. I love the fabric I have and it doesn’t come any wider. Does this change the 8″ x 8″ corner cut or how much you fold over the fabric for the elastic?

  14. 14

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Thank you for your provided information.


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