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Old 05-26-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Help Making a Full size fitted sheet smaller?

I can't find any cotton sheets in a 52" by 72" size. I have a flat full and a comforter that match so I just need to do a fitted sheet.
I found a 500 thread count fitted sheet for 10 bucks and am going to try to shorten it.
It has an elastic all around, not just in the corner areas.
Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to tackle this?

Will I have to rip out the elastic? I can sew but am not experienced with elastic. My couple of times trying were sort of a diaster
I was thinking, worse came to worse I could cut off the elastic and cut squares out where the corners are, stitch the corner seams and run a section of wide elastic sort of making a triangle shape with the underside corners. If that makes any sense.
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How about this?

HOW TO: Make a Fitted Sheet fit an RV Mattress - YouTube
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:58 PM   #3
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I posted a similar question last fall. Someone replied to use large safety pins (think diaper size, remember those???) to pin the sheets to the cording that runs around the edge of the mattress. I could not get the top sheet to stay tucked in, now I pin both layers, top and bottom sheet to the mattress. I spaced about 4 pins even at the bottom end of the bed. Worked great all winter. Thanks to the person who responded with that suggestion!
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #4
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Sewing a Sheet

ctcamper, if the only thing you have to do is shorten it you don't have to fuss with the elastic. Turn the sheet inside out and find top of both corner seams. measure about 4 inches from there and fold the sheet evenly all the way across pinning as you go. Then sew all the way across the sheet, 1 inch from the fold if you need it 2 inches shorter...2 inches if you need it 4 inches shorter etc. The seam will be at the top or bottom of the sheet so you won't feel it as your sleeping. Or you can do it across the middle if the seam won't be a problem to sleep on.
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That looks like a great idea. It might be even better to leave the metal clip on, but center it end to end. Then clip onto diagonally opposite corners of the sheet. Only one suspender would be needed that way.

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I have to shorten it 3 inches length wise and 2 inches width wise.

Not sure if the depth would make a difference, the seam for the pocket is 8 inches long from corner to elastic and the elastic goes all the way around so would probable take up the slack that way.
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So, you would sew it all the way across 1 1/2 inches from fold and 1 inch from fold top to bottom close to corner seams but not too close. Hope it works out for you.
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We went to bed bath and beyond. Got sheet holders. They look like the old garders used to hold up nylons Pulled the fitted sheet tight.
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Thank you NorthernSun, Was too humid and hot in the RV today to go measure and mark corners, so I'll do it during the week.
Sewing will free me from using ( and knowing me, losing ) any clips straps etc... and it's really quite fun to do
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