How to convert a flat sheet into a fitted sheet without sewing

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Fitted bed sheets are known to pricier than their flat counterparts, and knowing how to make one may come in handy.

You do not have to sew the entire piece from scratch; your flatbed sheet can be converted into a fitted one with minimal sewing involved.

Outlined below are easy steps and the necessary tools you need that you can take to convert your flat sheets into fitted ones.

What you need

  • A flatbed sheet; the size of your bed or bigger
  • Elastic band
  • A thread that matches your fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine/ needle

Other things such as a serger, a rotary cutter, and mat are optional but could be useful in the course of conversion.

1. Measure your bed

Take clear-cut measurements of your bed. Precision is essential since you can re-use the dimensions anytime you need to sew something for your bed

It is intricate to ensure that there is nothing else on top of the bed other than the mattress protector if you use one.

2. Cut Your Flat Bed Sheet

There are factors that you ought to have in mind when picking a flat sheet to be converted. For instance, if you are using new sheets, wash them before you start this process because some fabrics shrink when they come into contact with water.

To ensure that you get the correct size of the fitted sheet, you need to pick the right fabric and also measure it with accuracy.

Cut the corners of the sheet. Each at a time or you could fold them flat so that the edges to be cut are aligned and can be cut simultaneously.

Ensure that the measurements are accurate, as informed by those you took of the bed. Also, leave some allowance for attachments and hemming.

After cutting, the flat sheet should appear as below.

3. Glue the corners

With the right sides lying over each other, match the points marked X and O as above. Remember to leave ½ an inch seam allowance.

Trim and glue the edge with your preferred glue.

Repeat this procedure for the other corners.

Try fitting the sheet onto the bed after pinning all the corners to ascertain if you are on the right track.

4. Attach the elastic

Glue the hem leaving a one by eight inches gaps o make the passage of the elastic band easier.

Cut the elastic band into four pieces, each measuring sixteen inches.

Pin one end of elastic band and thread the other end through the hem allowing the sheet to gather around the band.

On the other end, pin down the elastic and glue both sides of the corner.

Repeat this procedure for the remaining corners, and your fitted bed sheet will be ready for use.


There are many pointers regarding the choice of fabric, thread, and sewing techniques that you ought to consider before getting down to this DIY task. The use of flatbed sheets makes it easier to make fitted ones with minimal hassle.

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