I wanted to make a specific girl’s version of my Crib Bedding Set, with the unique addition of a matching quilted pillowcase. This one was made with love for my Goddaughter, so that she would remember the angels watching over her as she sleeps!
Fitted Crib Sheet:
- 45″ x 67″ Cotton Fabric (wash first)
- Matching thread
- 2 yards of 1/4″ Soft Stretch Elastic
Pillowcase (Full Size):
- 8″ x 16″ Cotton Fabric matching Crib Sheet Fabric (wash first)
- 33″ x 46″ Solid Fabric of Complementary Color (wash first)
- Matching thread
Making the Fitted Crib Sheet
Begin by laying out your 45″ x 67″ piece of washed fabric (shown face down). Measure and cut out an 8″ x 8″ square from each of the four corners of the fabric. (The above image shows one of the 8″ x 8″ squares cut out of the corner of my fabric piece). Save these squares for the quilted pillowcase.
Next you will sew a french seam on each of the four corners. This is one of the easiest seams to sew because it only requires a straight stitch on both sides of the fabric.
#1.) Choose one corner to start with. Match the corners up, so that the pattern of the fabric is on the outside. (If you are used to sewing, this will seem unnatural, as you almost NEVER sew on the patterned side of the fabric).
#2.) Using a straight stitch, sew the corner together at about a 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric. (See my seam above).
#3.) Turn the corner you have just sewn inside out. Now sew a straight seam on the wrong side of the fabric at about a 1/2″ from the edge. (You are sewing a little further in from the seam on the other side of the fabric, which is closer to the edge).
#4.) Repeat with the other three corners. When you turn the fabric back to the right-side-out, you should have four nice seams on the edges of your fabric piece.
You are now ready to add the elastic around the edge of your fitted sheet. Fold and sew a 1/2″ seam around the entire edge of the sheet, leaving a 1″ opening to fit a safety pin. (Make sure you are sewing very close to the inside of the fabric, so that you are truly getting the full 1/2″ to pass the elastic through.)
See the 1″ opening in the picture above where there is no seam.
Secure a safety pin on one end of the 2 yards of elastic and pull it through the seam (see the safety pin on the right and the elastic being pulled out of the opening). I also pinned a safety pin (left) to the end of the elastic and through the fabric, so that it would not slip through the opening as I pulled.
See the safety pin securing the end of the elastic as the fabric begins to bunch up.
Make sure the elastic is evenly distributed around the sheet. The crib sheet is complete and ready for use, with no fraying edges and beautiful seams!
Making the Quilted Pillow Case
You should now be left with a remaining solid piece of fabric measuring 16″ x 24″. Cut six 8″ x 8″ squares out of that remaining fabric (above). Cut your 8″ x 16″ patterned fabric in half, making two squares. Use the four 8″ x 8″ squares you cut from each corner of the crib sheet above, giving you a total of six 8″ x 8″ patterned squares.
Lay out the twelve 8″ x 8″ squares in four strips, alternating solid and patterned squares like this.
Each of the four strips is made up of three squares. Turn each strip over and pin together as shown. Sew and remove pins.
Here are my four strips of three squares sewn together. I now need to sew these strips together.
Place one strip on top of another (pattern side together as shown) and pin one edge. Sew and trim close to the stitch.
Do the same with the other two strips and then sew both pieces together.
You should now have two sides of the pillowcase. One is quilted and one is solid. (The quilted side gets a little smaller due to the sewing together of the pieces).
Fold the top of the quilted piece over twice and sew a 1/2″ seam on the inside of the fabric as shown.
Do the same for the solid piece, however making the seam wider, folding over twice and sewing a 2″ seam on the inside of the solid fabric.
Lastly, I sewed the two sides of the pillowcase together using the same french seam technique. I pinned the two sides together with the patterned sides facing out (as it would look if you were using the pillowcase.) You may have to trim some of the solid piece so that it fits evenly with the quilted piece. I then sewed a small 1/4″ seam around the three sides of the pillowcase (above). After that, I turned the pillowcase inside out and sewed a 1/2″ seam around the three sides of the pillowcase. Turn it back to right-side-out and you are finished.
This pillowcase fits a standard size pillow.