We get a lot of use out of our pack ‘n play for Juliet’s naps when we’re at my parents house and it seemed like I was constantly having to do laundry so that she’d have a clean sheet to sleep on. Finally I decided to spend a few minutes making some extras to make my life a bit easier. Making pack ‘n play sheets is a very simple project and I completed it while watching The Price is Right with my dad.
Materials and supplies needed:
- full size flat sheet (I got mine at Walmart for $6.00, but you can use an old sheet if you don’t mind giving it up)
- 2 packages of elastic (total of 6 yds)
- sewing machine
- tape measure
- safety pin
- Measure your pack ‘n play mattress. You want to make sure your sheet fits snugly so that your baby can’t wiggle it loose. Mine was 29 inches by 37 inches. If your mattress is a different size, just add 10 inches to each dimension to figure out what size your rectangles of fabric should be.
- Cut the full-sized sheet into four rectangles. Each rectangle will measure about 40×48.
- Cut out a 5×5 square from each corner.
- Pin the cut edges of each corner, right sides together.
- Sew each corner seam with a straight stitch, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Next you will create the casing for the elastic. Fold over 1/4″ and iron, then fold over 3/4″ and iron again. I used some pins to hold the fold in place.
- Sew all the way around the edge of the sheet, leaving a 3 inch opening at the end so you can feed your elastic through.
- Cut each piece of elastic in half. You’ll use about 1.5 yards for each sheet.
- Use a safety pin through the end of the piece of elastic and feed it through the pocket all of the way around the sheet. Make sure the elastic band is small enough to insure a tight-fitting sheet. Use a zig-zag stitch to sew the ends of the elastic together.
- Sew the opening in the elastic casing closed. You’re finished!
- Full size sheet ~ $6.00
- 1/4″ elastic (6 yds total) ~ $2.00
Total (for 4 sheets): $8.00
Now I have four pack ‘n play sheets for only about $2 each! Doesn’t get better than that. Unless you have an old sheet you’re willing to use. Then it’s only the cost of the elastic!