Reconstruct a top sheet to have a fitted bottom so it will stay tucked in but still be easily loosened if you want it freed up.
Top Sheet With a Fitted End
Center the sheet on the bed with the wrong side of the sheet up. Allow 6 inches to hang below the mattress bottom edge. My sheet was a queen size on a full size mattress so I had more hangover on the sides. I will show you how I took care of this later. Pin the corners pulling the sheet taut between the corners. Measure out 12 inches on each side of the corner and mark with a pin. This is how far out the elastic will go. You will need 12 inches of elastic.
This is how the corners look when you lay the sheet flat.
Sew along the pin line and cut off the excess material leaving an inch along your seamline.
Fold the edge over twice and stitch,, This will reinforce the corners.
This is how the reinforced corners should look.
I had an extra amount on the sides.
I cut this off leaving an inch to turn under for my elastic. This edge was tapered to agree with the hemmed edge of the sheet.
Turn under the edge forming a channel for your elastic. I used 1/4 inch elastic so I wanted the channel to be 3/8 inch so the elastic would insert easily. This is how it looked after stitching.
If you have a bodkin, you can insert the elastic with it. If you don't, you can use use a large safety pin to feed the elastic through.
Insert the needle eye end first. If you have a bodkin, you can insert the elastic with it.
Pull the elastic until the end comes to the beginning of the channel and sew it down securely. Do the same for the other end of the elastic.
This is how the finished corners look.
The finished project! If you want to, you can do all four corners to use those extra sheets.
- A flat sheet turned into a fitted sheet
Published January 12th, 2017 2:59 PM
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