My nesting period has involved a lot of research and being crazy paranoid about chemicals. Most of that paranoia is directed towards the bedroom, which can be the most toxic room in your house. When you take into account the flame retardants, pesticides and chemical finishes, it’s just too much to put next to my baby’s soft skin (for me, anyway). BUT I had a hard time finding organic bedding that I liked (I’m very picky). So, I decided to make my own, it saved me a lot of money and gave me exactly what I was looking for.
I used organic Teagan White fabric (I’m obsessed), and a few used vintage sheets that I have collected over the years. I can’t take credit for this tutorial, I found the best one at The Complete Guide to Imperfect Home Making and think you should head over there if you want to take on this project. All you need is 2 yards of fabric (at least 45″ wide), about 2 yards of fold over elastic and a sewing machine.
A few tips:
- - Make sure when you measure your mattress it is completely centered
- - Make sure all sides are the same length and are cut in a straight line. Uneven edges make for more bunching when you put the sheet on the bed
- - When sewing the elastic, pull it as tight as you can against the sheet. You want your sheets snug!
- Make sure you really secure the corners, it will help later so they don’t fray or split
- Wash and iron your fabric before you start the project. If using vintage sheets (if you can find them at a thrift store for a few buck, they are still a great eco friendly option) wash them twice.
Looking for organic fabric? Check out these online stores!