Altering fitted bottom sheets

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Hi--I am new to this group. I have a sewing question that I hope
someone can help me with.

I recently replaced a bottom fitted sheet. It was purchased because its
fabirc content guaranteed it to be soft, and it is. But it is designed
to fit mattresses from 9-20" thick--and ours is only about 7". So that
means that even though we tuck in in firmly each night, it pulls loose,
and by morning is a wrinkled mess, even though it is still tucked in. I
prefer to sleep on a smooth surface, so I was thinking of altering the
sheet to make it less deep. The problem is, I have no real idea how to
do this (I do have a fair amount of sewing experience, but not a lot of
spatial imagination!).

I wonder if someone could give me an idea how to make this sheet fit
better.

Thanks.

Liz


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No need to alter the sheet via sewing, just purchase a packet or two of
those "sheet gripper" do dads and that should do the trick. They look
like garter belt clips on both ends and have stretch fabric between
them. One simply clips on end to one corner of the sheet, then the other
to the other side. Bed,Bath and Beyond  have them as am sure many other
stores.

Personally never bother with fitted sheets; flat sheets and "hospital
corners" are the way to go.

Candide



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hahahahah.  You are like my sister.  I always told her she sleeps like a
corpse.  She gets up in the morning and just pulls the one corner and her
bed is made.

I, on the other hand, rassle bears all night long.  If I didn't have fitted
sheets, I would have to make my bed from scratch every single morning. Plus,
the covers would all be in a big knot half way throught the night.

I wish I could just use the flat sheets.  They last so much longer since you
can rotate top and bottom.

Cindy



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Liz Zoob wrote:
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I had the exact problem with some sheets and here's the link to the
excellent advice I received from this group last November.  Hope this
helps and hope this link works.

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.sewing/browse_thread/thread/ea3a06ac787ed184/514adca18035c179?q=fitted+sheets&rnum=8&hl=en#514adca18035c179
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Thanks! I'll print out that information (the link worked fine!)

I can't quite picture what you mean, Deekoko, but once I do that to the
sheets it will probably become clearer.

Candide, I am reluctant to use those garter-y things because I don't
want to have to lift the mattress and shove them under the bed every
time I change the sheets.

Glad to see I'm not the only one bugged by this!

Thanks to you all.

Liz



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I had the exact problem with some sheets and here's the link to the
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What I did on sheets with this problem was add a strip of elastic
across the corner. About 6" long and far enough in from the corner to
stretch it taut under the mattress. Measure and pin once, repeat three
times.

HTH

--Karen D.


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This probably would make the sheets fit better but it wouldn't take
care of those, umm, distracting ears, for the lack of a better term.
But hey, if it works for you, great!


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The ears aren't what bothers me, it's the way the sides of the sheets
get partially untucked,  which results in very wrinkled bottom sheets.

Liz


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As one who went through nursing training and before that was a junior
volunteer (called "candy striper" in those days", am here to tell you
that properly made mitred corners are not supposed to become untucked,
partially or otherwise. But then again was trained in a different era of
hospital care, when nurses wore caps and there was no such thing as
fitted sheets. What passes for "hospital beds" these days would have
received a failing grade when I was at school.

The trick is to make sure one has sheets large enough to make sung
corners. Today with mattresses becoming elephantine, it may be hard to
find sheets long and wide enough, but it can be done.

Candide



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<< that properly made mitred corners are not supposed to become
untucked,
partially or otherwise. >>

My corners remain tightly tucked, it is the sides that get
loose--though they don't become untucked either.

Liz


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We have one of those elephantine mattresses.  It can be hard to find fitted
sheets too.  My solution is to go up a size--queen sheets for our full bed.  
Of course, this solution doesn't work if you have a king sized bed.

Maureen


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Hi!  I have sewn elastic on my sheet corners but have the same problem with
the sides.  We have one of those really thick mattresses and have only one
set of sheets that actually fit and two that have the elastic on them.  I
suppose that I could sew a strip on each side to have more fabric to tuck in
and then perhaps it would stay.  Otherwise the elastic does fine and makes a
smooth bed.

Dixie
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I think those garter things go catty cornered across the corners of the
mattress, don't they?

Cindy

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Yes, they do unlike say ironing board cover "garters" which go across
from side to side.

Candide



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Yes, but do NOT get the ones with plastic clips. Those break way
to easily. Buy metal clips, elastic and make your own.
PAT

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Hi everyone - I have a fitted sheet problem but not one of the sides
being too short, but because I can only purchase King size sheets for
my so-called Superking bed, and the UK kingsize is about 7 inches too
wide.  The depth is fine at 200 inches, so I need to know how to deal
with this extra width.  

I fancy that the method of placing the sheet wrong-side up on the
mattress and then pinning where the excess is and sewing along the
line might work.

Does anyone else have this problem?

BTW if anyone wonders why I have a problem with the size it is that I
live in New Zealand but order my fitted sheets from the US because
even with surface postage the American sheets aret better quality for
the price.   Next year I hope to visit California and I will buy a
couple to bring home.

Thanks and cheers
Daisy

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