Tutorial – How To Make Your Own Flat Sheets
October 26, 2013
We’ve had a great response to our Italian linen sheeting range and before it’s all gone, I thought I’d better get the next tutorial up to show you just how easy it is to make your own flat sheets. It might be easier to enlarge the images as you work through this post so just click on them if you need to see a bigger version.
What you need:
Using this chart below, cut out your sheeting according to the dimensions for your bed size:
Note: If you own the new extra-high padded mattresses you may need to add slightly more to the length.
As an example, for a queen size flat sheet measure out 245cm x 274cm or 97″ x 108″. This will allow for 1″ (double turned 1/2″ hems) at each side, 2″ (double turned 1″ hem) for the hem at the bottom length and turn back of 5″ plus 3/4” turn in seam at the top. Note: double turning the side and bottom hems helps to add weight to these edges and stops them from curling over.
When sewing a flat sheet as per diagram above, simply press back 3/4″ turn at top edge of flat sheet towards right side. Turn and press back 5″ depth towards right side at top edge of flat sheet, pin in place and edge stitch in place near edge. Next follow instructions for bottom and side hems as per instructions below.
Another great alternative that helps save on meterage as well as allowing to add a contrast colour/print across the top of your flat sheet, or if you decide to insert a lace edging, piping, binding (make sure to prewash and check these edgings for colour fastness) etc. along the edge of your top trim.
For this tutorial, I wanted to use the left over linen saved after cutting out the fitted sheet for my Queen size bed (see here under Note). I used this piece to trim the top of my flat sheet – this measured 33cm x 283cm or 13″ x 111″ . This allowed me to have a deeper trim (5.5″ or 15cm), anywhere between 5 to 6 ” is ideal. So for the bottom half of my flat sheet I then only needed to cut 2.40cm x 2.45cm or 95″ x 97″, which includes 3/4″ seam allowance at the top edge, 1″ (double turned 1/2″ hems) at each side and 2″ (double turned 1″ hem) for the hem at the bottom length.
Sewing your flat sheet
Pin top trim to top edge of bottom half of flat sheet and sew 3/4″ seam allowance. Overlock seam edges together and press seam towards top trim. Press back 3/4″ turning back towards wrong side of top trim.
Fold back top trim in half, making sure edge just covers seam (sewn above), pin in place to secure and edge stitch in place near edge.
Press back bottom hem 1″ towards wrong side.
Turn back bottom hem again 1″ towards wrong side and edgestitch in place.
Press side edges 1/2″ towards wrong side.
Turn back side edges again 1/2″ towards wrong side and edge stitch in place.
You’re done! Sweet dreams.