How To Make A Fitted Bassinet Sheet?

How To Make A Fitted Bassinet Sheet

Making your own fitted bassinet sheet is not as hard as it sounds. As soon as you have made a set, you can sew multiple collections in an array of different colors and patterns. Fitted sheets are notoriously difficult to put on a bassinet. The fitted sheet is the most important part of any bedding set, but it can be tough to get one on a bassinet.

In this post, I will explain how To Make A Fitted Bassinet Sheet

How To Make A Fitted Bassinet Sheet

In order to understand how to make a fitted bassinet sheet, it is important to know that you will need few things to start with and let’s start with what you will need:

Things You’ll Need 

  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric 
  • Thread 
  • Elastic
  • Measuring tape
  • Needle 
  • Pins 
  • Iron
  • Chalk
  • Ruler

The Process

The first step includes the selection of fabric. Either you can buy new material or use a second hand. This depends on what you like. Before you go out shopping, take a measurement of your bassinet and see how much you will be needing. If you already have a nice sheet that is not in use anymore, you can make almost four bassinet sheets from that and still have some spare left.

You can use that excess sheet to make reusable wipes. If you are worried about the quality of the fabric, buy plain cotton fabric. It works great. 

If you are using new fabric, wash it first for any shrinkage. It might shrink too small after its first cleaning session. Fabric can be made easy and nice to use by ironing it properly. 

While doing the measurement of your bassinet mattress, you will have to follow some steps. First of all, measure the length and width of your mattress. Measure the depth of your mattress and add this twice to length and width; for the seams and cloth that will gather under the mattress, add 20cm.

For a mattress that is 90cm long, 45cm wide, and 5cm deep, the length of fabric should be 120cm, and its width should be 75cm. 

For the people who already have their fabric, they can lay down the mattress and add 10cm to the depth of the mattress. To get the accurate side, they will have to add 15cm on each side of the mattress. Adding 10cm for seams and gathering of cloth is also wise.

Now you have to get the curves covered. Use a ruler to mark a few points and draw a curve-free end. You can use the rotary cutter, cutting mat, or acrylic ruler for cutting the fabric. For longer cuts, you will need the ruler connector. 

Use chalk for lacing around the shape you have drawn. Now cut it to size. Iron the fabric flat after you have folded it over approximately 1cm all way around the edge. This distance can be marked with the help of chalk. Experts can do this by eye as well. The areas where there are little folds can be pinned so that you can easily do the sewing. You can iron down the seam in the same direction that the sewing machine will go around.

The machine will run smoothly over these folds because they will be going in the same direction. Ironing in the opposite direction can be troubling because they will try to fold back the other way so it can get hard to sew over each one. 

Now all the way around, fold over another 1.5-2cms and do the ironing. Either freehand or with the help of chalk, mark the distance again. After you sew a seam, there will be a gap left. In that gap, fit the elastic. This is a very important step to remember—a wider elastic needs wider steam.

The little folds in the corners can be pinned. It will make the sheet look nice once the product is finished. 

Sewing around the stitch should be done with a straight stitch that is close to the edge and farthest from the fold. A gap of approximately 5cms is enough to slip the elastic into later. Make a zig-zag stitch and cover up any dodging sewing. Make sure you have left the gap for elastic. 

Now, this step is important as it decides how to fit you want your bassinet sheet to be. Elastic will decide that. The amount of elastic you use depends on how much fabric you added to your measurement.

The general rule is to measure the elastic as long as the longest length of the fabric. Use a pen to mark this length but do no do the cutting. With the help of a safety pin, pass elastic through the gap. After reaching on the other side, pin the safety pin securely to the hem of the fabric.

Keep stretching the other end of the elastic until your mark comes out. You will have to use another safety pin to pin the marked end of the elastic to the other end. 

Your sheet is ready to be tested on the mattress. Elastic will decide how tight or lose you want the sheet to be. You can simply feed or pull out more elastic to tighten or loosen the sheet. This is the reason you should not cut your elastic prematurely. 

Hand sews the ends securely as soon as you have the elastic length that you need. After that, you are sure or your elastic being firmly sewn together, you can cut the excess off. Now is the time to remove the safety pins and use the same stitches that you have already used.

All of your threads need to be trimmed. Cloth is gathered smoothly all around as you move it around the elastic. 

How To Make A Fitted Bassinet Sheet


How much fabric do I need for a bassinet sheet? 

It is generally advised to buy 2 yards of fabric for a standard-sized bassinet mattress. Take a cut at 8″ squares out of the corners. Afterward, you will have to form boxed corners by sewing those raw edges together. Now iron the edges twice. 

How much elastic do I need for a bassinet sheet? 

For each sheet you make, you will need 54″ of ¼” elastic. Besides elastic, get a hold on a medium-sized safety pin and sewing thread. The next step is to wash your fabrics. It is generally advised to launder them separately because you are not sure of how colorfast they are. After this, dry them and iron them in the end. 

Can you make your own bassinet mattress? 

The baby cradles that you buy from the market come with a very thin mattress. You can make your own bassinet mattress. In doing so, you will be spending $20-$30. You must have the sewing machine, scissors, pins, and needles already. 

Why are bassinet mattresses so thin? 

Baby’s safety is of utmost concern for companies that make mattresses. They keep the mattress pad not more than one inch thick because only a thin and hard mattress will allow the baby to breathe even if she ends up face down. Parents are also advised to keep the thickness of the bassinet’s mattress pad small. 

Can a baby sleep in Moses’ basket overnight? 

It is safe for the baby to sleep in a cot, crib, or Moses basket in your room besides your bed. This is for babies who are not six months old yet. You can be close to your infant and feed her whenever there is a need. 


First of all, take the measurement of your mattress. This will give you the best fit possible for the sheet. Now cut out the corners, and the dimensions of the fabric you cut must be in accordance with what you need for your sheet. Afterward, do the sewing part. Sew the sheet corners and iron the edges. Now, sew the elastic to the sheet and finish your sheet. It’s time to cover your mattress with your new fitted sheet. 

References : How to Sew Mini Crib Fitted Sheets 

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