Playard Mattress Sheet

I have always used a pack n play or playard with my little ones! They are really nice now… WAY fancier then anything my mom had. The only thing is the sheets to cover the mats are pricey, & if you use them often you really want at least one sheet! SOOO I have made a free tutorial/pattern for a standard size Graco Pack ‘N Play / Playard… this will fit most brands that you buy in the stores as they now use a pretty standard sizing. I know it will NOT work on square playpens, Travelite (mini playpen) or the outdoor ones that are unique shapes. Most standard playpens dimensions are approx. 30″ X 40″ give or take an inch or two.

If you know how to make crib sheets already this process is identical! If you don’t you can check out my full photo crib sheet tutorial click here.


They are SUPER easy to make & a HUGE money saver, you can even make them out of old sheets from the thrift store!  Some patterns call for a little less fabric, but I like this sizing because it fits over the mattress VERY well with the extra on the back, & I have never had any of them come off my sons bed.  You do want these to be snug fitting!

You need 1 yard of fabric (I LOVE JoAnn’s Suggle Flannel for this!) PRE-WASHED. Knits stretch all over, but not in the seams so they require different measurements (cut them  1″ smaller in each direction, but use the same cut out for the corners)

4 9″ peices of 1/4″ or 3/8″ elastic

Scissors or Rotary cutter

Sewing Machine

Matching thread…

First you want to cut your fabric to be 42″ X 34″ (43″ X 35″ if you want to hem the ends) piece of Fabric.  This MUST be pre-washed, otherwise the first time it is washed it very well may never fit the mattress as well again!

Next if you want to just serge or zig zag the raw edges then you just do that. If you want to hem the raw edges then cut it 35″ instead & on each end fold it under 1/4″ & then again another 1/4″ to hide the raw edge & sew it down!

Then you take your big rectangle that you now have & you cut 4″x4″ squares out of each of the 4 corners.  I have found the easiest way to do this is to fold the fabric in half so your newly finished edges meet.  Then take the edge that we haven’t done anything to & fold it over to the matching edge… this quarters it & puts all 4 corners in the same place.

Lay your 4″ by 4″ template down (or mark with ruler) & cut it out of all 4 layers.  You can also do it one corner at a time.

Then with the WRONG side of your fabric facing up you want to match to two side that are now left from where you cut the square out together (right side facing right side with wrong side out) & sew (I use 3/8″ seams, its up to you!)  Do this to all 4 corners.

Next is the elastic!  Fold the elastic in half & mark the center… now line this up with the edge of the seam you just made (again on the out side of the fabric) & pin in place.  Then you want to mark out 9″ from both sides of that point & pin the lose ends of the elastic to the sheet.

Now with your machine set to zigzag… I found the width 5-7 works best depending on the with of your elastic.  I also set my stitch length to 4, or the longest or ‘basting’ stitch that your machine has.  Now place your starting end under the needle & lower the pressure foot, you want to make a few stitches & back stitch or two to make sure it is secured & stop with the needle in the down position.  Now you want to grab the next pin & stretch it so the fabric is tight… holding both the back & front of the fabric, pull it through as sew… once you needle gets to the next pin, grab the last pin & repeat, just make sure to back stitch it to secure the end.  Again this is done to all 4 corners & then you are done!

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29 Responses to “Playard Mattress Sheet”

  1. blueflowertreasures March 9, 2008 at 1:43 am #4401

    I’ve visited your blog a couple of times & never left a comment (bad blog reader!). But I had to say that this sheet tutorial was just what I needed to see! I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around how to make flat sheets into fitted (since my children don’t like top sheets) without huge bunches of fabric in the corners. I didn’t think about cutting out the corners! DOH! So, anyway, thanks for tute!!
    ~Rebecka (ladymadelon at SM)

  2. Tenille June 5, 2008 at 7:25 am #4402

    This so so great, exactly what I needed! Thank you!

  3. hannah September 20, 2008 at 11:34 pm #4403

    Thanks so much! My fabric was only 43 inches wide, but it still worked. Great! Much cheaper and nicer than the store bought kind. Woo hoo!

  4. Robin January 7, 2009 at 9:20 am #4404

    Thanks for this! It was easy to do with your detailed directions. I’ve always been afraid of fitted sheets, but now I see how easy they are. :)

  5. Emily Davis January 20, 2009 at 12:07 am #4405

    What a great pattern! I am not a sewer, but after seeing the high prices for the actual pack n play sheets, I went looking for a pattern and found yours. It took me less an hour to make, and it fits perfectly- so easy- even for me! Thanks so much for sharing, and saving me a bunch of money!

  6. Karen Sunderland February 5, 2009 at 8:06 am #4406

    I was delighted to find your pattern. However, my pack & play measures 26: x 39″. How should I adjust the measurements you gave to fit my mattress?

  7. Sarah May 15, 2009 at 9:58 am #4407

    I am wondering the same–I am looking to cover a changing table pad with the same type of sheet, and my measurements are 341/2 by 17. Is there some type of formula you’re using to figure out your raw dimensions?

  8. Amy August 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm #4408

    still too complicated for me LOL. How do I find your etsy store?

    • Kymy August 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm #4409

      lol, it’s okay Amy, some people just aren’t sewers! My Etsy store is I don’t have a bunch listed right now but you can always convo me for custom stuff :) I am doing the OH Public Market on Thursday’s with my sister but don’t have much inventory right now.

  9. Dorie September 20, 2009 at 7:38 am #4410

    Thank you for this. My step daughter is having a baby, and we bought two playards and a crib. Not much $$$ left over for commercial sheets for them all. This is perfect (and I have a few bins of fabric stash in a closet to work with – yay!!)
    I love your blog – added it to my LJ feed – thanks again.

  10. Heather October 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm #4411

    hi – i was looking at your tutorial and im kinda confused (doesnt take much these days LOL) … I wanted to sew some flannel packNplay sheets for my friends new baby.. and they measured the mattress in thier playard.. the top of it was 26″x35″ .. so.. . Im lost as to how much extra i cut the materail, and how many inches to make the corners… the packNplay mattress is NOT thick at all, so I wonder if I have make the cor