Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Crib Sheet with Piping's finally here!!!

Please read through all instructions before you begin!!   

You will need to choose 3 fabrics.  Your base, (mine is red) sides (aqua) and piping fabric.
Base should measure 29" x 52", for the sides you will need two pieces  8 1/2" by 30",  and two pieces 8 1/2" by 53".  For the piping fabric you will need 5 strips of fabric measuring  2 x 42inches.   don't forget your actual piping cord!!  I used  Simplicity 4/32".  You will also need 2 yards of 1/4" elastic.
First cut out your fabric pieces
Cut off the edges of your selvedges for your piping fabric
Once you have cut off the edges of your selvedges on your piping fabric, sew all of your pieces together  .  Iron your seams flat.
When you have sewn all your piping fabric together , make your piping.  I use my zipper foot for this
Piping is done!!!!
Sew your piping onto the right side of your base fabric, matching raw  edges.
The corners are tricky!  I cut the corners a bit to help ease the piping around  the corners of the base.   Don't worry, it's going to be fabulous!!!  
When you come to the end of the piping and you need to join the ends, , I sort of criss cross them  so there won't be too much bulk.  don't forget to backstitch!
Now it's time for the sides!  Sew ALL of them together.  Start with one long side, one short side, one long side and then one short side, and then that short side to the long side.     When you're done it should look like  a tube.   
We are going to make the casing for the elastic first, so turn under the edge about 1/4" and iron!
Now turn that under about 5/8" and iron it down
Now sew all around on the edge, leaving about 1 1/2' opening.  This is where you will put your elastic once you're all done,  but not yet!!
Now it's time to pin the sides onto the base like this!!   
Once you've pinned it, sew it as close the the piping as you can get!!!!   Once you're done I zig zag my seams.  I suppose if you have a serger you would serge!  Frankly I'm too intimidated to purchase a serger, I am sure I would never be able to thread it :)
This is how it looks all sewn together, isn't it lovely?   Now it's time to put your elastic on!!  I attach a safety pin to the elastic, and then work the elastic through the casing.    
Once you have worked your elastic into the casing be sure to sew your elastic pieces together.  I like to use a small zig zag stitch, just to make sure it's secure.  Now sew together the opening and.....
 Look!  A nice crib sheet with piping.  It's not that hard!!!!


  1. I am mad about piping! I've been adding it to a bunch of projects and I love how it really makes something go from "nice" to really special! The piped crib sheet is a great idea!
    Nice to meet you! (Not sure if this is your Blog Hop post, or not, but it is still really nice to meet you!)

  2. This is so cute! I never tried piping, but you make look so easy.

  3. Great tutorial! Love the fabrics you used!

  4. SO cute! Love it! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Great tutorial, piping can be so daunting. Great to meet you on the blog hop :)

  6. You were right, it doesn't look hard at all! My question is, how big of a seam allowance did you use when sewing the piping on? Thanks for the great tutorial!

  7. Nice tutorial. I'm long past the need for crib sheets but maybe in a few years for grandbabies. Also nice to meet you but I don't know your name or anything about you. Are you Jamie?

  8. Great tutorial! I always love the bright fabric combos you put together.

  9. This looks lovely, and gorgeous fabrics too!

  10. Thanks for this tutorial! I have been wanting to learn how to do piping lately and this is going to help me a lot! You used such cute fabrics!

  11. Nicely done & good technique to know!

  12. thank you so much for this! can i make a request? could you explain in more detail and pictures how you insert the elastic and sew it in? It is exactly 2 yards long that you overlap a bit, sew, and then place into the casing? Sorry - just a little fuzzy on this!

    1. Erin I am so sorry for the delay in answering your question!! Yes, I do use 2 yards of elastic. I use a safety pin to pull the elastic through the casing. Once it's all the way in, I use the safety pin and pin the two pieces of elastic together, then I sew the elastic pieces together using a zig zag stitch. Hope this helps!

  13. Thank you so much, Jamie. I have been searching high and low for a tutorial on making these sheets. I can't wait to get started.

  14. Well you figured out all the hard stuff for me, this is almost exactly what I was planning to do. I am going to have to link to this on my blog post tomorrow. :)

  15. Could you use aqua pipes for this project? My wife is interested in this but we have lots of left over aqua pipes that she'd like to use for it.

  16. I was searching and searching for something like this a few months back--wish I had found this then! I finally had to come up with my own method, which I shared on my blog. I used store-bought piping, though. Do you have to cut the piping fabric on the bias?