Monday, 15 April 2013

Tutorial: Doll's cot fitted sheet

It's my daughters second birthday next week and my husband made her a gorgeous wooden dolls cot which meant I need to dress it.

After making a mattress out of an old lilo pad and some batting I started work on a sheet. But what 2 year old knows how to tuck in a flat sheet, so the idea formed to make a fitted sheet. But not just a normal fitted sheet with elastic, a shirred one!

Now I know that some people are scared of shirring, as was I last year, but it seriously is the easiest thing once you get over your fears, and what better way to try it out than on some scrap material to make some doll's bedding!! (if you need shirring instructions, there are many many tutorials on the web if you search on google or youtube)

Here's what you need:
- 1/4 yard of fabric (I used some old flannel from my mum's stash)
- cotton thread
- shirring thread
- ruler
- pins
- sewing machine and/or serger

1. Lay your piece of fabric on the table and sit your dolls mattress on top. Cut out fabric approximately 2"/ 5cm* wider (on each side) than the mattress. If your mattress is extra thick, you will have to add on more excess to make sure the sheet fits. (* if you aren't planning on using a rolled hem on the raw edges, you will need to add another half inch.)

2. Cut 1.5" squares out of each of the four corners.

3. Take the two edges labelled A and B, and with right sides together sew along the short line, making a box corner.

4. Hem: Serge a rolled hem around the entire raw edge. If using a sewing machine, fold over 1/4 inch to the wrong side, iron and sew. Repeat.

5. Time to shirr. Make sure you are sewing on the right side of the fabric. Sew right next to the rolled hem, all the way around the sheet, don't forget to backstitch. Then using your sewing foot as a guide, sew another row of shirring around the entire hem. Use the steam setting on your iron to shrink the elastic of your shirring and put your new fitted sheet onto your doll's mattress.

Congratulations you're done! How easy was that!

Sew glad you stopped by.

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