Over the past few months I’ve been collecting cotton flat sheets from thrift stores. Much of what I found features cute vintage prints. I had wanted to make custom sheets for Pen and after pricing quality cotton yardage I had the idea that it might be possible to thrift cotton sheets that had both cute prints and the buttery soft feel I was looking for. Most of the sheets I collected ended up costing less than $2. Since I was creating sheets for changing pads and a mini co-sleeper mattress I was able to get enough material for two projects from a twin sheet with some nicely sized leftovers. If you were intending on creating crib sheets or a sheet for a full size pack-n-play I’d imagine twin would make one sheet with leftovers.
There are plenty of tutorials for how to make sheets of various types on the internet. I referenced the tutorial at Erin Compton Design. Her instructions are for a sheet that fits a co-sleeper like mine but with mattress measurements you can easily adjust for various sizes. For some of the sheets that I made I used her method of just attaching the elastic to the hem and some I threaded the elastic through a casing that I created. I can’t really make up my mind which elastic method I preferred.
I decided not to bother with creating a more contoured changing pad cover and found that one of the pads I intended on making sheets for was similar enough in size to our co-sleeper mattress that I only had to make sheet sets in two different sizes.
I think the vintage sheets add a feminine touch without being overwhelming which is a plus since they will be used in shared spaces. I’m looking forward to using the scraps from this project and plan on keeping my eye out for more sheets to add to my collection. I know that there are plenty of uses for sheets (not just turning them into more sheets) and any that I find will eventually be put to good use.
Photobombed by a 3 year-old and a purple bear.