Anyways, long story short, the pattern for the crib sheet requires 2 yards of fabric. After being pre-washed, the instructions call for a rectangle to be cut out measuring 45" x 67". My problem? After pre-washing, my fabric was only 43" wide. Time for plan B.
Plan B: Changing Pad cover. Tutorial used: Prudent Baby DIY changing pad cover.
Their tutorial states that this cover will fit a standard changing pad (32"L X 16"W X 3-4"H).
So, here's how my intended crib sheet ended up becoming a changing pad cover instead...
1)Cut out a rectangle measuring 48"x 32".
2) Fold fabric in 1/2 length wise, and again width wise, leaving you with a smaller rectangle with all four corners together in the left upper corner.
3) Using a ruler ( I like to use my trusty carpenter's square as pictured below), cut out an 8" square through all 4 layers.
Unfold fabric, and you're left with one large rectangle, with all 4 corners missing.I then serged the straight edges of the fabric ( leaving out the cut out corners) because I like the finished look it provides, and it keeps the fabric from fraying , plus, I am really not that great at ironing, so the less I have to fold and press, the better my projects turn out.
Match up the cut out corners, and sew together. In my case, I serged them together. This creates the "pocket" to go over the corner of the changing pad.Turn the "pockets" under, and then it's time to create a casing for your elastic.
Get your iron out, and press a 3/4" casing around the entire sheet. Pin to keep in place.
Sew a 1/2" casing around the sheet, leaving an opening to thread your elastic through at one of the corners. I used blue thread to make it easier to see ( that's a lie--I was too lazy to change my thread out, and since it will be the underside of my sheet, who cares?) Thread 36" of 1/4" elastic through your casing. I like to use a safety pin on the end of my elastic to help ease it through. Once it's been threaded all the way around, sew a few stitches to keep the ends secured to one another. Once the elastic is in, you can finish straight stitching the casing closed.