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I would like to make a one-piece item of fitted/top sheets for my
non-standard shape mattress in our RV.

 I have a pattern for the fitted bottom sheet which I got on the
Internet and I thought to just attach the top sheet.  I see a problem,
though, crushed toes.  I though to sew in several pleats so the top
could expand allow room for feet.  

But where do I put the pleats?  Allong the bottom edge or along each
side toward the bottom?  or both?

How deep do the pleats need to be?


:Hexe

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Fitted Sheets
I would like to make a one-piece item of fitted/top sheets for my
non-standard shape mattress in our RV.

 I have a pattern for the fitted bottom sheet which I got on the
Internet and I thought to just attach the top sheet.  I see a problem,
though, crushed toes.  I though to sew in several pleats so the top
could expand allow room for feet.  

But where do I put the pleats?  Allong the bottom edge or along each
side toward the bottom?  or both?

How deep do the pleats need to be?


:Hexe

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Re: Fitted Sheets
Have you considered putting in gathers?  We have a class "C" motor home, but
I haven't thought about sewing the bottom and top sheets together.  To get
the overhead sheets the correct size  I buy an extra top sheet and insert a
section on the bottom sheet (close to the top where the pillows will be) to
make the sheet longer.  I leave the top sheet as is and just don't have the
extra sheet to tuck up around my chin.  HTH
Barbara in SC
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Re: Fitted Sheets
On Mon, 05 Dec 2005 09:28:02 GMT, "Bobbie Sews Moore"

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I didn't think of gathers but pleats.  I thought it would look neater
with a couple of pleats along the bottom.  But your idea of gathering
the bottom edge might actually be better.  That would look neater
because sometimes pleat don't fall back into place neatly.

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I never had either until we went to a new RV exhibition and there was a
distributor from Italy who made custom fitted outfits for RVs,
everything zipped together.  But the price was 150, I didn't care for
any of his color/patterns and he only did rectangular mattresses.  I
asked if he could do one for out mattress but he didn't speak English, I
didn't speak Italian.  He took the measurements and my email address
because he had to check with his seamstress.  He never contacted me.

I remember when my son had a waterbed, the fitted bottom sheet and flat
top sheet were attached.  So I thought I'd try doing this for the RV.
Trying to make up a bed in an RV is a real bother.

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I can't picture this.  

You cut the fitted sheet toward the upper end (under where the pillows
would lie) and sewed in a section taken from a extra flat sheet?   If
you had an extra flat sheet why not attach some of it to the bottom of
your top sheet allowing you enough to tuck under your chin?

When I was trying to explain to my partner what I wanted to do, he made
a very important observation.  Only sew the sheets together about 1/3 of
the way up from the bottom.  How would he get in/out of bed after I was
in place unless he uncovered me and crawled in over me.  If his side
(wall side) were left partially open he could climb over me, open the
bedding from the wall and climb in.


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Re: Fitted Sheets
Hexe wrote:
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I solved this problem by using a duvet with a cover.

arlene

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You used the duvet as a sleeping bag and crawled in with a blanket over
the whole thing?

What a concept and brilliant!!  I am so anal about top/bottom sheet
being real top/bottom sheet.

Okay, so what do you do so that the naked mattress isn't hanging out
there in front of God and everybody?
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Hexe wrote:
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No--
I use a fitted bottom sheet (an electric mattress pad beneath) and a
quilt with a cover.  No blanket, its easier that way.

arlene

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I like the idea of using a duvet cover as a sleeping pouch.  I'd only
have to rip out one side part-way down to allow for easily crawling in.

It would also be neater on the bed.

I don't make my bed anymore since reading more about mites than I wanted
to.  I just fold sheet/blanket down to the bottom of the bed so bedding
can dry.

If I used a sleeping pouch it could be neatly folded in the same way;
just have to get an attractive fitted sheet to serve as cover when not a
bed. Maybe even put pillows loosely into folded duvet and put at the top
of the bed to make it look more finished.

This would eliminate trying to shove everything back after you've raised
the mattress to get something under the bed.  Our RV always looks as if
WE live in it '-(  


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Hexe wrote:
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OHBOY!!!!!  A legitimate reason to not make my bed!!!!!!  Was it online,
and do you have links?  *best innocent look*

Re: Fitted Sheets
On Mon, 05 Dec 2005 14:47:47 -0800, Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to

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In the past year we brought something into the house which produced an
allergic reaction in both of us.  My partner was more affected than me
because I live on allergy pills anyway and didn't know I was reacting to
something different.

He did INTENSE research, saw several specialists, government disease
agencies (they don't care about only 2 people) etc. trying to find the
source and how to get rid of it.  He looked into bed mites as a possible
factor, can't remember where we came across that information.  But it
did remove the guilt of never making up the bed.  Now there is a reason!
I just the blankets (neatly) to the foot of the bed.

Never found the source and doctors don't care.  Their response is "don't
know" and they leave it at that.  
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to send wrote:
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http://chronicfatigue.about.com/od/articles/a/dustmite.htm
and I've seen it in other places that I can't find now - probably a
newspaper or magazine. There was something about the quantity of sweat that
we produce every night - several pints, IIRC - that made me start to fold
the duvet down in the morning instead of fluffing it right over the
mattress.

But I do fold it back neatly. Honest.

Mostly.

HTH,

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Sally Holmes
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England



Re: Fitted Sheets
On Mon, 05 Dec 2005 19:22:13 +0100, Hexe


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You've just invented the AYH sheet sack!  

(I wonder whether they're still doing that -- I haven't seen
a hostel since the 1980s)

Joy Beeson
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Re: Fitted Sheets
On Tue, 06 Dec 2005 13:14:58 GMT, joy beeson


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I'd totally forgotten about those! '-)  

they were still using them 5 years ago in Denmark and England.  

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Silly me.  You used the duvet over the RV's mattress cover!!

I took mine off.  I hated the pattern and the material didn't look to be
that easy to care for.  The fabric is too scratchy.  Also, I use a
mattress protector.
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I'm making a new sheet set for a little tent trailer myself.  I was
thinking of sewing the top sheet to the fitted sheet as I applied the
elastic to the bottom sheet.  Of course, I haven't seen any of the
joined sheets to compare to; I've just heard of them.

Pam

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In reading over my post---written during the middle of the night : )  I made
a tiny tiny mistake.  I buy an extra BOTTOM sheet to cut and add the needed
length to insert in the bottom sheet for the bed so that it will be the
correct width.  Sorry about that.  Must have been half asleep!  On the sheet
I will use for the bottom I cut a section at the pillow area and insert
whatever length is needed.  I like the duvet idea better.
Barbara in SC
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