Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib SheetWhen we were expecting our daughter last year, we were on an extremely tight budget. I mean, there is a TON of stuff you have to buy that just really adds up! Some things, like a car seat, took budget priority, while other things (such as an actually cute crib sheet that doesn’t have cartoon characters all over it) really had no place in the budget. Anyone else relate? Okay, well good news, friends. Crib sheets are crazy easy and cheap to make! If you have a couple of yards of cotton or flannel on hand that you love, you really could have this project done in an afternoon with about $5-$10 in supplies. And best of all, you have something that completely fits your own style. So go ahead, put on a good movie, and let’s see if you can get this done before the credits roll.

Supplies needed:
-sewing machine
-iron and ironing board
-2 yards of cotton fabric cut into a rectangle, 67″ long and 45″ wide. I just used plain white fabric— cheap and easier to paint! (If you get your fabric home and panic that it’s quilting cotton and only 42″ wide including the selvages, don’t worry. I have a workaround for you below.)
-80″ of skinny elastic (1/4″ wide).
-semi-opaque textile paint. This is different from regular craft paint—when it dries, it is almost as soft as the fabric! It’s not stiff like craft paints. We got ours here, but check your local fabric store to find it fast.
-foam, adhesive, and wood blocks for your stamps, although you can make stamps however you like! Elsie has a good stamping tutorial here.
-painter’s tape

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Okay. First thing’s first: I would recommend prewashing your cotton before you get started. You don’t have to, but if you don’t, you might want to allow a little extra length on your fabric piece in case of shrinkage. I’m definitely not speaking from experience; no way, not me. I’ve definitely never shrunk a sheet that I already made, and then it was suddenly too small. No sir. 🙂

We are now going to cut 8″ x 8″ squares out of all of our corners! And to those of you that have the 42″ quilter’s cotton, here is your workaround: Instead of 8″ x 8″ squares, cut 6″ x 6″ squares.

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Here’s an easier way to do this: Fold your whole rectangle in half, and then half again. Measure your square over the top piece where all the outer edges meet, and just cut once into all four layers. Make sense? The shape you should have after you cut your corner squares should look like this:

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Lay your piece flat out in a large open area—you’ll want to have something underneath your fabric, as the paint will soak through. I decided to use painter’s tape to mark where I wanted my pattern so I could see it first and so it wouldn’t bug me for years that two strawberries were too close together (any other crazies like me out there?). But if you’re feeling confident, skip this step! Enjoy the freedom of not being a control freak!

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet I decided to make three strawberry stamps so the strawberries would look irregular! I really love how it turned out with the variations. I used a pen to poke holes in the foam so it would show up in the stamp. If you decide to do this, make sure you poke a bigger, deeper point than you need, as it will print smaller. Use this opportunity to take out a little aggression on that foam stamp.

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet I found that the best-looking strawberries were the ones that I used a paintbrush to paint onto the stamp thinly and then stamped down. They look a little more hand-painted and less globby, and the seeds in the strawberries show up best this way! After the strawberries are stamped, use a brush and hand-paint your leaves on top.

After your paint dries, turn the fabric onto the opposite side and iron your fabric to heat-set the paint. Now you’re ready to sew!

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet First, let’s take the corners: Fold the corners together, and pin. Do this to all four corners, and then sew each corner together. If you have a serger, first give yourself a high five for knowing how to use it, and then serge the edges. If you’re just a regular gal like me, then we’re going to sew our corners raw. It will fray in the wash, but not much at all.

Again, if you have a serger, now you can serge around the entire outside of the sheet, fold it down once about 1/2″ wide, and iron it down, to create the casing for the elastic.

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet If you don’t have a serger, you can either fold it down once 1/2″ wide, iron it, and decide to sew it with raw edges, or you can fold it down once, and fold it over again for a more finished look. I’ve made sheets with both, and if you’re curious, the edges will fray in the wash on the raw edges, but it doesn’t fray very much. You could also put fray check on it, if you’re worried. If you are sewing with the 42″ quilter’s cotton, you must sew your edges raw, as you won’t have enough fabric to be able to fold your edges down twice.

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Now that your edges are ironed down, let’s use a couple pins to create start and stop points so you don’t accidentally sew all the edges down and have no way to put the elastic in. 🙂 Start at one pin, and sew your heart out until you reach the next pin.

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet To put the elastic through, pin one edge down at your opening, and then use a safety pin on the other end to string through your casing, all the way around. Once it’s back out at the opening end, pin your two ends together, and use a zigzag stitch to sew them together.

Sew your casing opening down, and you’re done! You just made a crib sheet. Go, you!

Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet Hand-Stamped Strawberry Crib Sheet If you’re wondering how the textile paint does in the wash, all of the final photos here are shown after the sheet has been washed. So yeah, I would say it does very well!

Even if you don’t have any kids or you’re not expecting babies any time soon, I think these crib sheets would be a great present for all of those baby showers you get invited to! If you decide to make some sheets, please share them with us! xo. Sarah

Credits // Author: Sarah Rhodes. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Imogen from The Folk Collection and Petal from The Fresh Collection.

  • My Mom absolutely loves strawberries. Maybe I´ll make her something nice, using this technique.

  • for the non-sewers: http://www.wayfair.com/L.A.-Baby-Cotton-Crib-Sheet-3714-10-LLL1029.html

  • This is so cute! I had been thinking on how to customize my nephew’s room myself, but never thought of this.

  • I am not great at sewing. But I could totally do this with some plain white sheets I bought at the store for baby #3!

  • I loveloveLOVE this idea!! Definitely book marking this one for a rainy day craft project 🙂 thank you, Sarah!!

  • I love this, so simple yet so cute. I am just starting to learn how to sew and so I may have to give this one a go 🙂

  • So beautiful!! I need me some of that paint, great for babies, I love the strawberry print 🙂
    H x

  • This is such a great idea! I especially love the idea of making a sheet and giving it as a gift at a baby shower – brilliant!

  • haha! Kelli, you’re the best. Good to find solidarity among other moms! 🙂 xo – Sarah

  • Good to know! I’m getting used to sewing projects with good finishing touches, so sometimes I just used fray check, but didn’t even think about a zigzag stitch. 🙂 Thanks! -Sarah

  • love this idea! and imogen is SO cute!



  • This sheet is so dang cute! And that little Imogene…oh man, she is a doll! Adorable! I don’t have any babies coming around any time soon, but I wouldn’t mind hand-stamping my own sheets!


  • I wish I had thought of this before our twins were born (and subsequently stocked up on bed sheets aplenty!!). Great idea, very personal! When they go to big-boy beds I’ll have to think again … 🙂 x

  • Awww, that’s so adorable.


  • Ahhhh Gorgeous, when I have kiddies, I will definitely be doing lots of hand crafted things to keep costs down. Thank you for sharing this one absolutely love this.

  • I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH! And I love the comment about the chipped nails- and your response. So good! I love how you’re keeping it real. Well done, momma! xoxoxo

  • Hey, I love this, the strawberries are so cute!! 🙂 But you don’t have to leave the edges raw, even without a serger you could easily finish them with a zig zag stitch. Hate to find the little messes from fraying in my washing machine. Haha.

  • Sarah, thank you so much! this is a great gift idea for a baby’s shower party! absolutely love it!

  • That’s just so impressive!!!! As a mom you may find this link funny “Body After Baby.. Shit The Don’t Tell You.”


  • Wow, I can say this is really a perfect idea. Easy and great and original. Good job and I need to try it.

  • Sarah! This is over the moooon awesome.
    Your Posts are my favourite!!!!

    Yeay Sarah!

  • Thank you so much for this, esp. the measurements/template! I’ve always thought crib sheets could be DIY’ed, but was not sure how to tackle the elastic part. Great tutorial!

  • I love hand stamped things! These are super adorable. Check out my hand stamped throw pillow on TLP


  • This is such a great idea to Diy! Bedsheets are so expensive, I want to try this when I got to university! 🙂


  • p.s I have the same sewing machine! this got me so excited lol, virtual high five!

  • this is awesome, Sarah! I don’t have any kiddies yet (but def in the near future) and I am alll about the DIY baby stuff. As cute as they are, children are expensive! hee hee. It helps to make your own stuff. thank you for sharing!!

  • This is adorable! I don’t have any kids yet, but I love the idea of making custom sheets.

  • This is so cute! and Imogen is adorable! Fun project, will come in handy in future.


  • This is seriously adorable! Cute and understated baby items are hard to find. Love it


  • We love this DIY! We love it!


    Courtney & Kelsey

  • This is so adorable and vintage looking! Such a creative way to do it also, I would never think to make something like this on my own!

    Lauren | http://www.livelovelauren.com

  • Teeny tiny strawberries!!! 🙂 DYING of cuteness.

    I hope you have a beautiful day!!! <3


    the bbb blogger


  • This is such a cute idea Love how it turned out 🙂


  • This is brilliant and so helpful! It would be fun to make these as shower gifts, too!

  • wow that’s really cute idea! you can put your own spin on it like you said and it’s useful 🙂


  • What a beautiful idea, so pretty

    Anna x

  • SO cute <3 I love this 🙂


  • This is so adorable! I love the strawberry print and Sarah your daughter is the cutest.

  • I lovelovelove these!
    My grandma had store-bought strawberry sheets when I was growing up and they were my favorite (I pretty much wouldn’t sleep in a bed at her house unless they had the strawberry sheets on). Some time has passed, I’m not sure what happened to the strawberry sheets, but I may try making my own at some point soon so I have my own set of strawberry sheets. Thanks for the share!


  • Hah! Mom nails are my life! Who has time for manicures!? 🙂 -Sarah

  • This is so clever and cute! I love fun sheets and hate spending a fortune. I MIGHT try this for adult-sized sheets 🙂

    Shrinking fabric after you’ve made it is the WORST! I was always too impatient to start my project to wash the fabric… until I learned the hard way. Sad trombone.

  • This is really amazing! Even if you don’t make a sheet the strawberry stamp would be great for napkins, tablecloths and cards. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Yet another super-helpful post….my babies are grown up but I have just made a Union Jack bedsheet for my 8 yesr old’s bed and wss wondering HOW ON EARTH you make the corners for fitted sheets….voila, you’ve guven me the anserr, thank you xxx Two more things: love those chubby legs (!) AND LOVE that your nails are all chipped like mine usually are – perfect blogdom can be scary sometimes so it was refreshing to see ‘normal’ Mums nails 😉

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