|The finished sheet. Keep reading and you will see why I named it that.|
|I recently got it into my head that I wanted to custom fit the sheets to the mattresses on Breeze On. I figured making a few adjustments to some sheets would be a piece of cake.|
Mattresses on boats are odd-shaped.
|The v-berth mattress|
I started by taking measurements of the mattresses the last time we visited Breeze On two weeks ago. I thought it would be easiest to use a king-sized flat sheet to make the fitted sheet but I couldn't find king-sized sheets that were sold seperately. No problem, I just ordered a sheet set with the plan to modify the fitted sheet.
I transferred the measurements I had made and marked them on the sheet. Then I cut 90 degree angles for the new corners.
|The 90 degree corner|
At some point I became confused and made some cuts I shouldn't have made. No problem, I would just patch my mistakes.
|Look at all of the pieced sections. THIS is why I named it Frankensheet.|
I was pretty proud of myself for sewing French seams. I then sewed a new casing for the elastic all the way around the sheet. Before I added the elastic to the casing I laid the sheet on the floor to check the shape. It looked as if it would be so tight that I wouldn't be able to get it over the mattress. Then it occurred to me that the corners should be 90 degrees only if the corners on the mattress are 90 degrees. Clearly, the corners on the v-berth mattress are not 90 degrees. This project was going to require geometry and that was not my best subject in school. My husband helped me to determine that the angles on the mattress were each 120 degrees. If I cut out a wedges of fabric that were 30 degrees and added them to all 6 corners it should then fit.
|The corner with the added wedge|
A protractor would help but we had discarded ours when we downsized. We found one online and printed it. It took me a little while to remember how to use it. So, I cut out the wedges, ripped out my 6 French seams, added the wedges and sewed 12 new French seams. I repaired the casing that had been ripped out and put the elastic in the casing. This was a much bigger project than I first imagined. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the sheet will fit. In the meantime, I am not going to make the fitted sheet for the quarter berth until the boat gets here.
|Does this look like it will fit?|