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I am replacing the elastic on 3 king sized fitted sheets for a friend.  What I need to know and cannot find anywhere is how much elastic do I need to thread through the casing?  All of the elastic is worn and stretched out.  I am bleary eyed from searching on google for this information. I need to put this elastic ALL THE WAY AROUND THE SHEETS.  NOT JUST THE CORNERS.  The woman I am doing this for wants the sheets that way and to be honest, all of my sheets are that way as well.  I have never seen them just in the corners.  Does anyone know how much elastic I would need to thread through the casings for king sized fitted sheets?

Thank you....


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Comment by Karen on April 11, 2018 at 12:01pm

If it was me I would measure enough to go round all four sides and buy that amount, then fit it in and shorten it to your desired fit. As Susan says, you would only cut off about a quarter at most, and as it isn’t expensive and the bit you cut off could be used for something else, this is how I would do it.

As my last 2 commissions were for shortening 2 pairs of curtains to 10 foot, splitting one of them into a pair, and then replacing the lining on another pair of vintage 10 foot interlined curtains, I do a lot of seat of the pants sewing!

Comment by Susan on April 10, 2018 at 7:12am

What I was taught, with respect to calculating elastic lengths, is to cut 2/3 - 3/4 of the total circumference of your project.  So if you have four sides that measure approximately (let's just say for example) 70" in length on each side. 70" x 4 sides = 280" for your total circumference.  Cut .75 of 280" = 210" of elastic. Sometimes it depends on how tight you want your project to cling with elastic.  

There are a posts here at SWN with free information available about sewing with elastic:

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