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by Mary Wilkins These are so easy. I have made several for my grandsons. They have the habit of stripping their mattress before they settle down for the night. These are easy enough that you can use special holiday fabrics as well as a bunch for every day.
YOU NEED: * 2 pieces of cotton broadcloth or flannel the length of your crib mattress plus 6" and the width of your mattress plus 6" * Velcro hook and loop tape--about 9" of each side * Thread to match
METHOD: What we are going to make here is essentially a very large pillowcase that fits over the mattress and closes off at one end with the velcro. Measure your crib mattress and cut your fabric using the measurements above. Put the 2 pieces of fabric right sides together. Stitch using a straight stitch around 2 long sides and one short end. Leave other end open. Press under 1/4" on raw edges of open end. Turn under another 1/4" and stitch. Cut Velcro hook and loop tape into 3 3" pieces. Stitch hook pieces (one at either end, one in the middle) on one edge and loop pieces on other edge. Slip sheet over mattress and enclose open end with Velcro. Poke in the corners and you're finished. There you go, simple and easy as pie and guaranteed cozy for that special baby.

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Comment by Jean M. on June 2, 2009 at 7:40am
Great idea for crib sheets. My kids are grown also. I do have a method that I use on the pull-out sleep sofa. We slept there once when we gave up our bed to company. The bottom sheat would not stay on. Anyway, I used the "hooks" on a garter belt and a long piece of elastic. Sew them to each end, hook to center of one side of sheet, pass under mattress and hook to other side. It won't come off. Would work great on twin beds.
Comment by Kelly Whitt on May 21, 2009 at 4:58pm
This is an awesome idea. I was just thinking that anyone with itty bitty babies (who aren't capable of stripping their sheets off yet - ahh, what fun!) could work this idea into one of those quick change sheet systems where there is a top "sheet" that velcros to this "pillowcase-sheet". Sew up a few flat sheets (best if made with a waterproof barrier inside/on back or use one of those flannel "rubber"-ish crib size pad (come in packs of 2, I think) the size of the top of the mattress, add velcro or short ties around the perimeter of the "pillowcase" and the bottom of the top sheet and presto! When the baby spits up or leaks through, "rip" off or untie and slap on a new one. No need to wrestle with the matress or (gasp) the bumper pad or any fancy mobiles/music boxes attached to the rails. Man, I should have thought to do that a year ago when I had my 2nd daughter. Ah, well, at least I know what to do if she starts strippin her sheets off (and heaven knows, she'd be the one of mine to do it, hahaha).
Comment by Gayle Christopher on May 20, 2009 at 11:26pm
According to Jo-Ann Fabrics' basic measurements info sheet, the standard measurement for a crib mattress is 27 inches by 52 inches. That's for the U.S. anyway, I don't know if other countries are different. But just in case you don't have a crib mattress handy to measure, this just may help. Gayle
Comment by lois M. Morgan on May 20, 2009 at 9:29am
That is a neat way to make sheets for a crib, I think it would work for toddlers or even kids that use a twin bed. My Grandkids usually have theirs off before the nite is over.

Thank you for the neat idea.

Comment by Chris on May 20, 2009 at 8:59am
These sound fantastic! And your directions are easy to follow. Wish I knew someone who was having a baby! I may need to make these and stash them away for when I am a grandma. (someday I hope that will happen) But for now my children while old enough to be parents, are not anywhere near ready to be parents. LOL

thanks for sharing!
Comment by Sheila York on May 20, 2009 at 8:23am
Very good idea! Now that I have this pattern, buying crib sheets for the granddaughter seems useless. I can make them in whatever design I want. Thank you!!!
Comment by Mrs.Carol Mattice on May 19, 2009 at 11:07pm
Excellent move to have covers like this for the little ones. Too bad mine little ones are all "Growd" up. But great children are NOT that far away...

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