In Deep Sheet Tutorial for Dealing with Gigantic Mattresses

March 13, 2013Allison Murray
In Deep Sheet Tutorial for Dealing with Gigantic Mattresses

Year before last I finally went from a queen size to a king size bed in my master. It had been quite some time since I had been shopping for furniture and even longer for a mattress. To say that I love shopping for furniture is an understatement. I am obsessed with furniture shopping. If my Mimmie has taught me anything, it is that a new sideboard or sofa can make life worth living all over again.

So when mattress shopping I heard all of the buzz words about individually wrapped coils, pillow tops and memory foam. The only thing that I cared about was that my bed be soft and lovely and as close to sleeping in a cloud as possible.

I found the perfect one and with a swipe of plastic it was set to be delivered to my home within days. Since I was going from a queen to a king I needed everything and went shopping for sheets, a comforter, pillows, mattress pad and the lot. Overly excited, I washed everything and set it in my closet.

The guys who put my bed up weren’t even off of my front porch before I was getting ready to make it up. Color me surprised when I realized that my fitted sheet wouldn’t even come halfway down my mattress. Unfortunately I had already washed the things and thrown the packaging away. I went and broke out my measuring tape to see what the heck was going on. As it turns out, my mattress was 19 inches tall… I didn’t even know they made such gigantic mattresses!

I went all over town and the best I could do was 17 inch so I stopped by the fabric store and rigged them up to work for the time. After purchasing several sets of sheets online, I learned that just because they said they could work for a depth of up to 22 inches or whatnot it wasn’t always true and I have wound up rigging every set I have ever purchased since…

For this project you will need:

Fix your badly fitting sheets to fit deep mattresses with tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Cut patches of your interfacing that are a few inches squared. Place about 1-2 inches above the gathered elastic at the bottom and 3-4 inches from the seam for the corner.

Take a hot iron and press your interfacing onto the inside of your sheets, one on each side of the corner seam.

Do this for all four corners of the sheets, using 8 squares of interfacing for the whole project.

Fix your badly fitting sheets to fit deep mattresses with tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Take your package of elastic and cut into four pieces.

Fix your badly fitting sheets to fit deep mattresses with tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Sew in the elastic, one piece on each of the sections crossing at a diagnol to join the other interfacing on the same corner. Sew on in a square shape and then sew an X inside of the box for great hold.

Fix your badly fitting sheets to fit deep mattresses with tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

When making your bed, pull the elastic under the corner to hold the sheets on tightly. Now you can see from the pics that this particular set of sheets would have fit fairly well without my little addition. To be honest I’ve gotten to where I automatically add the elastic to any sheets that come into the house. But the good news is, I never have ungodly wrinkles in my bottom sheet!

Comments (5)

  • PAT

    March 15, 2015 at 11:46 PM


    1. Allison Murray

      March 16, 2015 at 9:50 AM

      Try these, Pat! They are $44 or less from Walmart and they wash up beautifully. Probably my favorite sheets right now and they fit mattresses up to 18 inches.

  • Kueckelhan photography

    August 2, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Great. Sick and tired of buying deep pocket sheets only to have them fall short of the mark and continue to pop off in one corner or another. Will be happy to make the bed w/o the hassle. Appreciate it!!

  • Janet Mongan

    September 7, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Wow! Thank you so much. I’ve bought 3 sets of sheets and the elastic is terrible. Pockets are not long enough and I ordered the correct size.Just wondering how long do you cut the elastic. Thank you so much.

    1. Allison Murray

      September 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

      For the tutorial I used small-ish pieces but since I’ve used pieces about 3 foot long and put them further toward the center of the sides and top and they held so wonderfully! I’d totally recommend using the longer pieces. Try the first and if it works well for you continue onto the other sets!

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