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Easy Sew Fleece Projects: Fleece Mattress Cover

Don't those words just make you want to cuddle up in bed? A fleece mattress cover is a lovely way to add soft texture to your bed without adding bulk. This project will take only a half hour or so by hand and even less by machine. Since fleece is so quick and easy to wash, you can use these on guest beds, or keep this charming idea to yourself. You can use your mattress cover in conjunction with linen or as a fitted sheet of its own. the material is soft enough to sleep on directly, and you can make them in several colors to fit any linen set or room decor. Because fleece is that wonderful non-raveling material, you don't even have to worry about leaving a seam allowance or sewing down a hem. If you want to add an extra measure of interest or design, by all means, do so, but it is not a necessary step as it is with other materials. Let's get started with another one of our fun and easy sew fleece projects.

Here is what you will need

Pair of scissors

Large amount of fleece material (enough to cover your bed)

Spool or strips of elastic

Straight pins

Needle and thread or sewing machine

Here is what you will do

  1. First cut a piece of fleece that is roughly larger than the size of your mattress. It does not need to be exact, though, if the piece is much larger than your mattress you may want to trim it. On the other hand, I like to leave enough of an excess so that the fleece drapes down, covering the sides of the mattress. Call it vain or call it classy, I just can't stand seeing the mattress sticking out from beneath these cozy covers.
  2. Next you are going to measure and cut four strips of elastic, each measuring 12" long.
  3. Now measure twelve inches from one corner of your material across the edge of the material in either direction (an "L" shape). At each of these points, pin down one end of an elastic strip (you will need to pull the elastic tight- that is the point).
  4. Sew down the pinned ends of elastic, so that now you have created a strap that can go around the corner of your mattress and is secured on either end to the fleece mattress cover.
  5. Repeat steps four and five for all four corners, and you are done. I told you this would be quick and easy!

In the store, mattress covers will run you anywhere from eighteen to fifty dollars. By making your own fleece mattress cover, you are getting a hydrophobic (water resistant), gentle to the skin, and well wearing and washing material for nothing more than the cost of a few feet of fleece. Talk about a bargain. Get started now, so you can cozy up with a good book or take a well-deserved nap.

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