Monday, May 05, 2008

A New Life For An Old Fitted Sheet

I like using a mattress pad.  And, although the tops are always nice and padded, the sides are either way too tight, or, like my last one, made of some sort of pantyhose type material that started running the first time I washed it.  I've actually broken fingernails while wrestling on a mattress pad.  They've been driving me nuts for years.

Recently, we wore out my favorite easy-to-put-on fitted sheet and I had a light bulb moment.  Why not just sew the mattress pad top to the fitted sheet?  Well, it wasn't easy, but it's totally worth it, because now it's super easy to put the mattress pad on now.

Here are the steps I took:

1) Cut the sides off the mattress pad so you are just left with the pad.

2) Put fitted sheet on the bed and lay the mattress pad on top.

3) Pin the mattress pad to the fitted sheet using a ton of pins.  Take care to not pin the whole thing to the mattress (like I did a couple of times).

4) Sew around the edge of the mattress pad.

5) cut out the center part of the old fitted sheet that is under the mattress pad.  I did this partly because the sheet was already fraying and partly to not have too many layers covering the mattress and keeping it from breathing.

I didn't do a perfect job, but it's hidden under the sheets, so no one except me (and you) knows.  The best part is that the mattress pad doesn't *snap* off while I'm making the bed or sneak off the corners in the middle of the night anymore.  Yay!
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Kerrie said ...
It's so simple, it's brilliant! I always thought the flawed design of the mattress pad sides was somehow my fault. Can't explain that, but I really did believe I was the only person with the problem you described.
5/5/2008 10:34 AM

Sonya said ...
You score so off the charts in the Practical Brilliance Category!
5/5/2008 11:57 AM

Mia said ...
Such an excellent idea! I always have mattress pad issues; I can't wait to try this out!
5/5/2008 12:54 PM

Blaize said ...
I always wonder what to do with fraying fitted sheets, other than make rags out of them. Flat sheets don't wear out as quickly, since they aren't underneath the sleeper(s), and you can also do the "edges to the middle" trick on flat sheets. But fitted sheets? This is the best use I've seen.
5/5/2008 2:00 PM

Sam said ...
Do you frequently wrestle on mattress pads? (haha, i misread that sentence and was quite amused.) Great idea!
5/5/2008 7:37 PM

carrie said ...
Thanks, that is such a great idea! My mattress pad sides are always getting in holes in them from stretching them, and tugging & pulling. This outta do the trick.
5/5/2008 9:29 PM

esther said ...
wow.. i would never have thought of that..not in another million year!what a great 'home improvement'! :)
5/6/2008 6:28 AM

sherrieg said ...
5/6/2008 10:31 AM

dawn said ...
What a great idea. Wow. Thanks for sharing!
5/6/2008 11:19 AM

Michelle said ...
What a great idea! I would have never thought of that! :)
5/6/2008 12:06 PM

June said ...
What a brilliant idea and ever so useful. I've had similar experiences wrestling our mattress pads, including those with the "panty-hose" siding material. Very frustrating! I'm going to try this the next time. Thank you!
5/7/2008 10:07 AM

Bloody brilliant, I say!
5/7/2008 1:12 PM

liz said ...
Fab idea! I did the same thing when I melted the sides of my old mattress pad in the dryer. Shouldn't those things be washable AND dryable??? Love your blog!
5/15/2008 5:31 PM

Diane said ...
Great idea!!!
5/18/2008 6:45 PM

Melissa said ...
omg why didnt i see this before i threw away my mattress pad?
6/3/2008 9:32 PM

Elaine said ...
I am amazed at your wonderful idea! So smart! Only question is if you can make it work....why can't the manufacters??? But I love the idea. I am sick of mattress pads! THANK YOU!
6/5/2008 8:06 PM

jgodsey said ...

6/5/2008 9:04 PM

Jacque said ...
What a wonderful idea. I have a mattress pad right now that drives me crazy. I'll be using your idea right away.
6/5/2008 10:15 PM

Joan said ...
I have a few mattress pads there never had sides, now they will.
WONDERFUL idea, thanks a bunch.
6/6/2008 7:10 AM

Sharon said ...
Loved your idea! I have a question. The last 3 mattresses (over the last 10 years) have been so thick that even deep pocket sheets don't fit, especially after I wash them (cotton sheets in hot water). I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem. I'm having to use king size sheets for queen mattresses and that makes a sloppy looking bed since king size is too wide. Any ideas or suggestions?
6/9/2008 12:29 PM

Sharon said ...
P.S. Another way to use old mattress sister uses fleece to make dog coats and she lines them with used mattress pads or quilted bedspreads. This makes them warm and cosy. If you check out my site, you will see a slide show of my dogs and they are mostly wearing her fleece coats.
6/9/2008 12:33 PM

jane said ...
Maybe this would be a good idea for cribs and children's beds. I am thinking of adapting it for my handicapped daughter. What I hate is the side of the mattress pad hanging out and showing below the fitted sheet. The real hero of the sewing world will be the one who tells me how to make a flat sheet into a fitted one and it works!!
11/10/2008 8:30 PM

Evie said ...
Excellent idea,as far as a fitted top sheet I use to open one end of fitted sheet therefore using two fitted sheets on one end. I would cut off even and hem or if you want longer add a piece of wide lace for girls and add lace to pillow case to match or add other fabric to make longer. It was easier for small kids to make their own beds.
9/5/2009 4:24 PM
futuregirl said ...
Evie ... That's a great idea!
9/5/2009 9:32 PM


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