Saturday, November 06, 2010

Not-So-Simply Sheets

After discovering that sheets for Pack 'n Plays are not cheap (and apparently don't come in the correct size for the one we purchased), I realized that my best option would be to make my own. This would be a simple matter of measuring, buying some flannel, sewing a few seams, and adding some elastic. So simple.

Simple -- unless "baby brain" kicks in during the measuring stage, thereby requiring a sudden change of plan after you've already cut your material. Fortunately, my brilliant engineer of a husband suggested an easy fix that worked wonderfully, thanks to the folding capacity of the bassinet mattress. Unfortunately, this also meant altering the waterproof pads to fit in with the new design -- but I think the overall result is even better than what I originally had in mind.

Soft blue-and-white polka dot flannel to go with the Classic Pooh Pack 'n Play we found on Craigslist -- I never would have paid extra to get a Classic Pooh design, so I was thrilled when this one popped up!

And before you get any ideas about gender (blue walls! Blue sheets! Blue playpen!), we painted the nursery before we saw any sonograms, I love to decorate with blue, and I consider blue a gender neutral color. And actually, we're still not sure of the baby's gender. Sorry to disappoint, but that's the way it is. *wink*

And before I get any concerned comments, my old Winnie-the-Pooh bear is just "breaking in" the bassinet for the baby -- I do know better than to leave stuffed animals in an infant's crib. Just saying.

So for less than the cost of one regular crib sheet (though with a few more headaches), there's a neat little stack of flannel in the dresser drawer, ready for a new nursery occupant -- and an occasional midnight change!


  1. Oh how sweet! I have loved craigslist (and kind family members) for baby items as children (well at least the first two, we shall see what this one thinks!) have loved those large baby swings and I was thrilled to find one right when we needed it with Anthony. :) Homemade sheets are much much nicer than the store ones too; they are over priced, yet cheaply made. I make my kids toddler mattress sheets too and it is so worth it! When is your "due date"? I think if I remember right it's sometime in December? I'm asking because I've been working on a little something for the wee one, and want to be sure to get it there on time! If that's okay with you, could you send me your address? My e-mail is

  2. I adored making sheets for my bassinet with my first child--and they lasted for the next one. ;-) (We then moved, had no room for storage, and got rid of the bassinet. God blessed us with another one that was much nicer when we later had another baby.)

  3. Tilly, congratulations on your pregnancy! How exciting! I will be praying for you and your precious new little one. Yes, craigslist is such a blessing -- I love finding bargains, and when they need a little TLC, so much the better! :-) We are indeed due near the end of the year -- how sweet of you to think of us! I'll send you an e-mail.

    Hope Anne, I'm hoping that these sheets will last through more than one baby -- and that we will need them again! ;-) It's so great to see how God provides, and so often with something even better than what we gave up before!


  4. Glad to see that you got the sheets figured out! I'm getting so excited! :D


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