DIY: How to make a crib sheet and changing pad cover

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It seems like the selection of changing pad covers in the market is a little lacking. I see the same changing pad covers in every store! Thankfully, Prudent Baby shared this simple tutorial on how to sew a changing pad cover and I just had to try it.

The only problem was that I didn’t own  a sewing machine. In fact, I didn’t even know how to use one!

So I went to and purchased this little sewing machine. I purchased my fabric and other materials at a local shop and in less then 2 hours I had a set of matching crib sheet and changing pad cover.

You can follow the same instructions for the changing pad cover to sew your custom crib sheet. The only things that vary are the length of the fabric and the length of the elastic you will use.

Changing Pad Cover:

Fabric size: 48″ x 32″

Elastic length: 36″

If you would like to use two fabrics, like the Prudent Baby sample, you need

Accent Fabric: 17.5″ X 32″

Main Fabric: 30.5″ X 32″

Crib Sheet:

Fabric size: 72″ x 48″

Elastic length: 56″

In case you’re wondering, the fabric I used is designed by Patricia Bravo. It’s Wheels in Dazzling from the Sugar collection. You can buy it online here.

Please leave a link or email pictures if you give this tutorial a try. I would love to see how your custom sheets and covers turned out.

Click here for the full tutorial.

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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. so cute!!
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  2. Thank you for the easy tutorial! I just shared this with my readers!
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  3. What a gem. It’s too bad more folks haven’t heard about this place, it had everything I needed.

  4. Thanks for this tutorial!! I JUST ordered the same sewing maching on Amazon and can’t wait to try to make my own crib sheet and changing pad cover. It was a relief that even though you’ve never sewed, you could handle this project. I myself haven’t sewed since I was 13 so we’ll see how it goes!! I will definitely come back and post my results!

    • @Tiffany, I’d love to hear and see how you do! I swear I had never EVER used a sewing machine in my life before then. I made 2 crib sheets and a changing pad cover with the thread that came threaded on the machine. Once I ran out, I had no idea how to properly install a new spool and the machine has been in my closet ever since :(

      • Oh man, I hope the same fate doesn’t befall my new machine! ;) So good to hear of your success despite your lack of sewing expertise!! Here’s my blog post on the matter–

      • @Nicole, so you did better than I did! When the machine came it was threaded but my daughter got to it and unthreaded it…after literally HOURS of googling, reading reviews, and watching tutorials I could NOT get the little bugger to work- it would NOT pick up the bobbin thread. I figured it wasn’t even worth shipping back so it’s in my basement! :( But I borrowed a machine from my sister in law and am attempting your tutorial this weekend!! If I’m successful, I’ll share the results! :)

  5. I just made a cover today and it’s adorable! I plan on doing some fabric shopping later this week to make some crib sheets! I wasn’t a fan of how tight the cover ended up being on my contoured changing pad though so I’m gonna have to figure out how to tweak the pattern a bit to keep that from happening, if you have any suggestions that would be great! Also my blog is at for a pic of my cover!


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