Recycled Fitted Sheet

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underside-of-mattress2My favorite fitted sheet is about seven years old. It’s the only one I have ever found that has a wonderful two way stretch, so it has been impossible to replace. Unfortunately, over the last couple of months, it has started to develop holes down the center.

I’ve tried darning the holes a couple of times, but because the fabric is a knit, the repairs haven’t worked out well.

Here’s what I did instead:

First,  I located the flat sheet that came with the set. The flat sheet is still in good condition and about two feet larger than the fitted sheet in both the vertical and horizontal directions.

Next, I rounded each of the corners of the flat sheet and sewed a one inch hem all the way around except for a two inch gap.

Finally, I used a safety pin threaded through the top of a long piece of elastic, to push the elastic through the entire hem. The elastic entered and exited the hem through the two inch unsewn gap.

When I was through, I lay the new sheet over my mattress, pulled the hem to the underside of the mattress,  turned the mattress over and tied the ends of the elastic.

This sheet is a lot harder to put on than a regular fitted sheet. But like I said, the original was irreplaceable, so I’m very happy with the result.

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