I don’t need to tell regular readers that my son is a huge Thomas the Tank Engine fan. I spotted a vintage Thomas duvet cover in a charity shop and snapped it up for a couple of pounds. When I got it home I wasn’t sure how to use it – re-size it as a toddler duvet, a bean bag cover or cushion cover. Instead I thought it would make two fun fitted sheets. The ones we’ve been using have been plain blue and these would be a little different.
It was quite simple to make. I unpicked the duvet cover, which had a different pattern on either side, and re-sized it for a toddler bed. The mattress measured 140cm x 70cm x 10cm so I trimmed the sheet slightly to 180cm x 110cm, this included a 5cm hem. I also slightly trimmed each corner, them pinned the hem and sewed along it, leaving a small gap to thread the elastic through.
To thread the elastic I attached it to a safety pin and threaded it through the fabric. I didn’t cut the it until I had tried the sheet on the bed, making sure it was a snug fit around the mattress.
I put it on the toddlers’ bed without him seeing so when he whipped back his duvet to climb in he saw it and loved it!