I am always, always hunting for fabric in cool patterns, especially to use for Henry. Sometimes I feel like all of the patterns meant for little ones are so over-the-top “baby” that I just can’t bear to use them. But my beautiful pal (and recently minted mother of four!) Audrey from This Little Street just came out with her first pattern collection, which is exactly what I’ve been looking for to sew some new crib sheets for the little dude!
Her pattern collection is perfection, by the way. It’s called California Dreaming and it’s this incredible mix of graphic patterns, bold florals, and a few tiny prints here and there. I love the colors most — Audrey managed to find a color story that works for grownups, little girls, and little boys too. I thought the simple grid pattern would make a cool little crib sheet in Henry’s room, so we went for it!
When you order one of the patterns from Spoonflower you can get it in a whole bunch of different fabrics; the organic cotton interlock knit is the perfect width for crib sheets. (Side note: you can also get the prints in a removable wallpaper! I’m thisclose to wallpapering my kitchen in one of the colorful florals.) I was a little worried about sewing with a knit because I’m SO not a fancy seamstress, but this little sheet was a piece of cake.
I started with this tutorial here. It’s so simple, and perfect for even a novice. Henry’s mattress is a standard size in an IKEA crib and the sheet fits great. One slight change — I added an inch on all sides to the initial measurements on the original tutorial. With that extra inch I folded over a little extra fabric on the hem, just to allow for any fraying because I don’t have a serger. So if you don’t have a serger to use on the edges of the fabric, just add a bit of length and sew a nice wide zigzag stitch around the sheet. That seemed to keep the knit from puckering, too. No prob!
This is one soft little sheet! Henry loves rolling around on it so far, and it’s just too cool in a nursery. Be sure to check out the rest of the collection here. Congrats, Audrey! (Psst — to see what other folks are doing with these pretty little patterns, check out #thislittlepattern on Instagram!) xoxo