Nov 082012

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
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • pins
  • thread
  • safety pin
  1. 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.
  2. Cut the full-sized sheet into four rectangles.  Each rectangle will measure about 40×48.
  3. Cut out a 5×5 square from each corner.                                                                                    pack n play sheet 1
  4. Pin the cut edges of each corner, right sides together.pack n play sheet 2
  5. Sew each corner seam with a straight stitch, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  6. 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.                                              pack n play sheet 3
  7. 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.pack n play sheet 5
  8. Cut each piece of elastic in half.  You’ll use about 1.5 yards for each sheet.pack n play sheet 4
  9. 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.pack n play sheet 6
  10. Sew the opening in the elastic casing closed.  You’re finished!

Cost Breakdown:

  • 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!

  3 Responses to “Pack ‘N Play Crib Sheet Tutorial”

  1. Yay! I have a granddaughter coming and didn’t want to spend a bundle on sheets this is great! I purchased the play yard at a yard sale for real cheap. Now all I need is a mattress from Walmart. Thanks for this tutorial!

  2. Like your idea. Full sheet at WalMart is now $9.74 but that is still cheaper than that much fabric. Problem is that all sides are sewn and not selvages. So I had to use a seam ripper to take out the seams, then ironed it to make sure I had the correct measurements.

    • How deep is your mattress? Standard is 1 1/2″ What size of material would I need to cut if my mattress is 16″ x 35″ by 3″ deep. What would be the cut out in the corners?

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