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Fitted Top Sheets

Downs10 | Posted in General Discussion on

My name is Downs10 and I’m just getting back into sewing. I am attempting to make a fitted top sheet but do not want to use elastic on the bottom. I would rather sew the bottom to form the fitted corners. My question is about the correct way to “fold” my fabric before cutting it to insure that the fit is correct. I have a rough idea about how to do it, but I thought a few words from someone “seasoned” would mkae it a bit earier. If you have some ideas to share with me, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks. You can e-mail me at [email protected] if you like. Thanks again.



  1. BYDEZINE | | #1

    I don't see how you will get your sheets on your bed without some elastic to make it fit. Am I missing something?

    1. Downs10 | | #3


      Thanks for responding so quickly. Actually, i don't need elastic to hold the sheet on. I have one already that is sewn at the corners with some allowance to go under the mattress that holds it on. My concern is just how much of an angle I need to cut my side and bottom before sewing the together to form the corner. Again, thanks for getting back to me. If you still have a suggestion about the corners, please feel free to let me know. See ya.


      1. BYDEZINE | | #6

        if I had read the topic... TOP sheet... I wouldn't have sounded so dumb, sorry. now it makes sense. duh.

        a blonde.

  2. Jean | | #2

    I would seam the corners to fit and sew a triangle on the bottom across the corners to help hold it in place.  See my illustration.

    1. Downs10 | | #4


      Thanks for getting back to me. I had an idea similar to the one that you sent me, but I don't think I have to insert another piece to form the triangle do I? I was thinking that I could fold the sides the length of the sheet, then fold the bottom up to allow for material that would go under the mattress, cut an angle from the corner of the fold and that would form my corner after they were sewn back together. I seems like it would work. What do you think?


      1. Jean | | #5

        That would probably work too.  Just make sure that the seams will coincide with the corners of your mattress.  I think I would lay the sheet out on the bed and just mark the seam lines with a tailors chalk or whatever, pin on the seam line or baste to make sure it's right before you cut.  Like the carpenters say, measure twice, cut once. :)

        1. kai230 | | #7

          I once thought of trying to do this, thinking I'd just place the sheet upside down, hold the corners out, pin, and stitch. Only really easy if the triangles match. The resulting removed material, in any case, would be somewhat of a triangle for added security--good idea.

          The other option is to put it right side up, and, leaving room at the bottom to tuck in, grab the corners and tack to each side, fold bottom under and secure flaps, then finish stitch or cover seams w/ribbon.

          I gave up and live w/re-tucking in the feet end.

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