How to Make Bedding For a Bassinet

There can be many reasons why you might like to create your own bassinet bedding. Possibly, you prefer a softer fabric, a more absorbent one, an odd size, or just a particular color. Whatever your reason, you can make your own bassinet bedding. Just follow the steps below.

Things you'll need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Sewing Machine
  • Marking pencil
  • Straight pins

Step 1 – Choosing the Right Fabric

For most babies, a softer fabric such as jersey, flannel, or even a lightweight fleece will better suite his sensitive skin. If you plan to sew your baby's bassinet bedding, visit your favorite fabric shop and purchase the fabric of your choice.

Step 2 – Choosing the Right Pattern

If it’s a pattern you need, you should find bassinet bedding patterns at your favorite fabric store. There, you are also likely to find blankets and crib sheets you will be able to use, in addition to a variety of bedding patterns. Or, if you don't need a pattern but will be sewing your own bedding, just purchase the fabric that most appeals to you and that will fit your baby's bassinet.

Step 3 – Determining your Bassinet Dimensions

Whether purchasing material for you baby's bassinet bedding or just purchasing ready made bedding, you will need to know the correct dimensions of your bassinet pad. Use a measuring tape and measure the length of the pad, add the pad's depth, multiplied by 2, and add 8". Figure the width dimensions the same way. When the material is cut, if you request that it is cut across the fabric grain, the fabric will have a better stretch capability.

Step 4 – Using a Template

Make a template out of cardboard or stiff paper, then cut squares from each fabric corner, using you custom made template. Make the template to match the bassinet mattress, and add 4".

Step 5 – Creating Boxed Edges

Create boxed edges into which you will fit your mattress corners. With the right sides lined up together, use the machine's zigzag setting to create a ¼" seam.

Step 6 – Attaching Elastic Strips

Make two ¼" elastic strips that are 3" longer than the mattress. Pin the center of each of these strips to the sheet end. Be sure the inside of the material is facing you and that the strips are pinned in their middle. Then, on each side of the fabric and 6" beyond the corner seam, pin the elastic ends to the fabric.

Step 7 – Sewing the Elastic into Place

With your machine setting on "zigzag," sew the elastic you have pinned into place. As you sew, stretch the elastic so it will fit properly when you have finished stitching it into place. You'll need to finish the edge prior to hemming, so be sure you sew (zigzag) completely around the fabric, before hemming.

Step 8 – Hemming

Finally, you are ready to hem. Around the edges of the fabric, turn a ¼" hem under and begin sewing. Be sure the elastic is inside this hem as you sew.