Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DIY: Cheap Luxury Bedding for Kids

If you have small children I am sure you can relate to this. You finally train them to sleep in their own beds but during the course of the night, they quietly crawl back into yours. Ever wonder why kids love mommy and daddy's bed the most? Besides your smell and feeling your warmth and hugs during the night, they love the comfort of your bed, sheets and pillows. In order to give them the same type of luxury feeling, I searched online for such duvet/sheet sets for toddler beds but it is not easy. It is either hard to find, has ugly designs, or way too expensive (about $60). If you want to save some money and still have great quality bedding for kids, let me show you how I did it.

I bought a 6 piece queen size bed set. 4 pillow cases (2 were bonus cases), 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet. It's a soft, silky microfiber sheet set and it's heavenly to the touch. I bought it for $29 US. Not bad and I made 2 toddler bed sets with it. So that worked out to be $14.50 each...

Things you will need:
  1. Queen sheet set with deep pockets (1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, 2 pillow cases)
  2. Crib mattress 
  3. Measuring tape
  4. Scissor
  5. Sewing machine
Measure your crib mattress. 28"W x 52"L x 5"D
Below: fold your fitted sheet in half and cover your crib mattress just to make sure that it will cover your mattress properly when cut in half. I used a deep pocket fitted sheet set, so I had a lot more fabric than a regular fitted sheet. It had more than enough fabric to make 2 fitted crib sheets.
I tried to figure out a way to keep the elastic around the fitted sheet but it would've been way to complicated to measure, cut and sew. Find any area on the sheet and cut the elastic to release it. Cut open all four of the stitched pockets. There should be no seams on this sheet. It should lay completely flat.
Below: Measure a 44" x 68" shape and cut from the sheet. (That measurement is 28" x 52" plus 8" all around. The 8 inches accommodates for the depth (5") plus a bit more for the elastic and seams)...As shown below in red--cut 8 inch squares on all 4 sides and remove.
 This is what it should look like...
Another visual: This is the fitted queen sheet below. The darker green represents the cut opened fitted sheet. The scissors are placed to show you where I cut opened the deep pocketed seams. Cut out one crib sheet (lighter green) Then use that one as a template to cut the other one out. Note how the second one can be placed on the extra deep pocketed areas?
Sew all the corners together. Then try out on your mattress. This is it (below) without elastic...not bad huh?
Get 1/4 inch elastic and thread through. I used about a yard and a half for one crib sheet. But measure to see for yourself.
Tie a strong knot at the end after looping the elastic through...make sure it is tucked away and hidden in the seam. As you can see, I am not the best seamstress. I used pink, non-matching thread but no one will ever see that!
It was a PERFECT fit. I even surprised myself...

Now, for the FLAT sheet of the set. I made two Duvet covers. Cut in half lengthwise. 

Below: Like this...
Below: See where it says fold in red?? (left) On the right, is the cut half folded. Sew on the two opened sides and on the two areas shown. Leave the middle to insert your blankie and attach buttons or snaps...
These are the finished products! Notice the opening on the bottom of the left image below? That is where I put one button closure...Place a warm blanket inside the same size of your duvet cover.
Snug as a bug!
And there you have it. Looks like a lot of work but it really is not. I have no time to do lengthy tutorials as you may know so this did not take much time at all. By doing this project, you can probably save over a $100 by making these two duvet sets yourself. Add appliques on them to match the room decor if you want.

They actually sleep longer in their rooms now, these photos were taken in the morning. Not sure if this was such a great idea...I really miss snuggling up with them at night but I guess I am learning to let go. Besides, I can always sneak into their room for kisses and hugs :) Hope you enjoyed this tutorial...Please share! Email me or leave a comment with any questions.
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