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Topic: Toddler bed crib size John Deere tractor sheets! TUTORIAL ADDED  (Read 19201 times)
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« on: February 02, 2008 09:31:09 PM »

Thats a mouth full Cheesy  Anyways I am working through my fabric stash I have enough different John Deere fabrics to make my son 5 sheets, 2 pillow cases, a blanket & matching curtians...  Well last night I finished the first piece!  Now I just need to go to the store & get more elastic.

I also finished up tons of other baby & adult projects, you can see them all in my blog (link in my siggy) along with a copy of the tutorial..


They are SUPER easy to make & a HUGE money saver, you can even make them out of old sheets from the thrift store!  Some patterns call for a little less fabric, but I like this sizing because it fits over the mattress VERY well with the extra on the back, & I have never had any of them come off my sons bed.

You need 2 yards of woven (no stretch) PRE-WASHED fabric. knits stretch all over, but not in the seams so they require different measurements
4 12" peices of 1/4" or 3/8" elastic

Scissors or Rotary cutter

Sewing Machine

Matching thread...

First you want to cut your fabric to be 45" X 69" (45" X 70" if you want to hem the ends) piece of Fabric.  This MUST be pre-washed, otherwise the first time it is washed it will never fit the mattress as well again!

Next if you want to just serge or zig zag the raw edges then you just do that.  

This is what you end up with...

If you want to hem the raw edges then cut it 70" instead & on each end fold it under 1/4" & then again another 1/4" to hide the raw edge & sew it down!  

Then you take your big rectangle that you now have & you cut 8"x8" squares out of each of the 4 corners.  I have found the easiest way to do this is to fold the fabric in half so your newly finished edges meet.  Then take the edge that we haven't done anything to & fold it over to the matching edge... this quarters it & puts all 4 corners in the same place.  Here are the pics...

Lay your 8" by 8" template down & cut it out of a.. 4 layers.  You can also do it one corner at a time.

This is what you've got...

Then with the WRONG side of your fabric facing up you want to match to two side that are now left from where you cut the square out together & sew (I use 3/8" seams, its up to you!)  Do this to all 4 corners.

When you look at the right side of the fabric it should look like this...

Next is the elastic!  Fold the elastic in half & mark the center... now line this up with the edge of the seam you just made (again on the out side of the fabric) & pin in place.  Then you want to mark out 12" from both sides of that point & pin the lose ends of the elastic to the sheet.    

When you have the middle & both ends pinned in place it should look something like this...

Now with your machine set to zigzag... I found the width 5-7 works best depending on the with of your elastic.  I also set my stitch length to 4, or the longest or 'basting' stitch that your machine has.  Now place your starting end under the needle & lower the pressure foot, you want to make a few stitches & back stitch or two to make sure it is secured & stop with the needle in the down position.  Now you want to grab the next pin & stretch it so the fabric is tight... holding both the back & front of the fabric, pull it through as sew... once you needle gets to the next pin, grab the last pin & repeat, just make sure to back stitch it to secure the end.  Again this is done to all 4 corners & then you are done!

This is what the corners should look like when your done...

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008 01:10:56 PM »

Oh cool, those are cute. Are they easy to make?? And your DS looks like he loves them!

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008 01:30:45 PM »

Your son must *love* JD! He looks so happy!

Were they easy to make?


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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008 03:17:23 PM »

VERY easy, I just added a text tutorial, I am off to take pictures right now!

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008 07:15:28 PM »

« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2008 09:07:29 PM »

Those look great! Cheesy  I made a crib mattress sheet a few weeks ago for my new daughter's nursery.  It is so easy making them huh?  And it's cool how you can use whatever fabric you can find and make your kids room totally custom.  Great job on yours Cheesy

Mine is on another post/board located here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224306.0

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008 02:35:21 PM »

Thanks! I am tired of my sons boring white sheets... and he never has enough of them! it will be fun to personalize for him
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2008 12:40:11 PM »

Really like this and the tutorial.  I am expecting my first boy and grandpa drives John Deere tractors, so you can imagine!  Thanks so much for the tips! 

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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2008 05:12:31 PM »

I got all the pics up! 
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2008 07:40:55 PM »

I need to make some of these.  We just took the side rail off of DD's crib turning it into a toddler day bed.  She is all excited thinking she has a new big girl bed  Wink  Now I think she needs some new big girl sheets to go with her big girl bed.
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