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:
- Queen sheet set with deep pockets (1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, 2 pillow cases)
- Crib mattress
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
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?
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!
Now, for the FLAT sheet of the set. I made two Duvet covers. Cut in half lengthwise.
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.
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.