Buying quality bed sheets can be quite confusing especially if you’re looking for both comfort and durability. If you’ve read any bed sheet reviews you’ll realize that there’s more to purchasing quality sheets than just thread count.
The best sheets are made from 100% Egyptian cotton and these can be quite expensive. So why not make your own. It’s actually quite easy and the hardest part might be finding just the right fabric!
Before you start, make sure you wash your fabric to get rid of any shrinkage and then iron it flat so it’s easier to work with.
Sewing a Flat Sheet is Simple
For the flat sheet, depending on the size of your bed, you’ll most like need to sew three lengths of 42 inch wide fabric together. Measure the length, the width and then the height of your mattress.
You’ll need to add the mattress height measurement twice (x2) to the measured length and width and then add about another 16 inches all around so you can tuck the sheet in comfortably. This will then be the finished measurement of the piece of material that you start with.
Once you’ve prepared your piece of material (sew as many lengths together as you need), all that’s left to do is to sew a 1 inch hem all around the sheet and your flat sheet is finished.
Sewing The Fitted Sheet
Sewing a fitted sheet is slightly more involved but here is the easy way to do it.
Start out with the same size of fabric piece as the flat sheet. Now you’ll want to cut a square of fabric out of each corner. The easiest way to get the measurement for the square is to subtract the length of the mattress from the length of the piece of fabric and divide it by two.
Cut a square from a piece of cardboard to use as a template using this measurement. Place this template onto each corner and cut away the square pieces of fabric. With right sides together sew together the cut edges of each corner.
Next mark out where you want the elastic to go across each corner. Fold the edges of the fabric between these marks and sew to form a casing for the elastic.
Thread through the elastic and pin each end. Now hem the rest of the fabric securing the ends of the elastic as you go.
And there you have it! A simple way to sew your own sheets. You can even make a fitted sheet from a flat one using the above method.
Now that you’ve saved so much money by making your own sheets, go out and treat yourself to a pair of luxury pillow cases to complete the set.