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« on: June 07, 2007 12:45:42 PM »

So my boyfriend is 6'8'', which means that he needs a super large custom bed. And fairly obviously, we can't buy fitted sheets to fit, as it were. Can anyone explain how to do the elastic corner bit to make a fitted sheet? Looking at bought ones had just confused me so far.
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2007 01:42:09 PM »

If I were you, I'd save myself a lot of headache and just buy or make extra flat sheets big enough to tuck firmly under the mattress on all sides.  They stay put pretty well, and they're certainly easier to wrangle on laundry day.

But here's how to make a fitted sheet. 

Measure your mattress length, width and depth.

For purposes of illustration, say it's 96 inches long by 60 inches wide by 8 inches deep.

Add 2 inches to each of the length and width measurements for ease.  Add a minimum of 5 inches to the depth measurement to have extra to fold under the mattress.

So: length= 98 inches, width=62 inches and depth=13 inches.

Cut your fabric to the following dimensions: length=124 (bed length + 2x depth), width= 88 inches (bed width + 2x depth).  Cut a 12 3/8 inch (depth - 5/8 inch) square out of each corner.  Sew the cut edges together with a french seam, so you have nice strong corners with no exposed edges.  Press the seams to one side.

You now have the characteristic box shape of a fitted sheet.  Turn under and press a 1/4 inch hem all the way around.  Turn under another 1/2 inch and sew close to the edge to make an elastic casing, leaving about 1 inch open so you can run elastic through.  Run 1/4 inch elastic through the casing and tinker with it until the sheet fits snugly over the mattress.  Stitch the ends of the elastic together FIRMLY, and finish the casing.

Admittedly, the elastic WILL roll.  But nobody's going to be inspecting the bottom of your mattress-- and it's SO much easier to adjust the elastic (or replace it, if need be), if it's in a casing instead of stitched directly to the hem of the sheet.

ETA: if that doesn't make sense, let me know and I can get you a .pdf or something with a diagram tomorrow.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2007 01:28:28 AM »

Thank you so much, Gwydion! Your instructions are so clear and detailed and helpful. My hospital corners leave a lot to be desired, which is why I'm so keen on fitted sheets, and now I feel equipped to start making them.
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2007 06:05:41 AM »

Glad that helped!  Good luck with the sheets! 
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007 10:13:48 AM »

Maybe if you are in a hurry and the seam wouldn't bother you, you could take 2 sheets and sew them together, or sew a complementary color band near the head.
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007 02:38:52 PM »

I don't know if this helps, but my brother in law has the same issue, but their house is tiny so no king size bed.  My sister bought a trunk that she outfitted with a cushion for him to have his feet on at night. 

I agree with the flat sheet idea, I have seen two clips with elastic in between that you can use to turn a flat into a fitted sheet if you would rather not do any sewing. 
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