How to Sew a Mattress Cover

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How to Sew a Mattress Cover
Learn to sew a mattress cover. (fabric with pattern image by Dmitry Grishin from

A mattress cover can help keep dirt and skin cells from reaching your mattress and provide extra cushion to your bedding. Fleece is a wonderful fabric for a mattress cover for many reasons. Fleece lays flat and doesn't bunch up; it's also quite breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin very well. Best of all, fleece is plush without being bulky and is easily washable as well. You can quickly make a simple mattress at home for little expense.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fleece fabric
  • 1'' Elastic
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Grid or angle tool
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Measure your mattress, then lay out and trim your fleece to the mattress size, leaving some excess on every side.

  2. 2

    Measure and trim 12'' pieces of your elastic.

  3. 3

    Measure 12'' from one corner on the fabric. Use your grid to pin the elastic in a 45-degree angle in this spot.

  4. 4

    Repeat at all corners, also attaching on the opposite side of the corner, making a strap to slide until the mattress in each of the four corners. Make sure to pin in all eight places at 45-degree angles.

  5. 5

    Sew the elastic to the fleece where you have pinned it, removing the pins as you go.

Tips and warnings

  • Fleece material is flammable. Please do not smoke or use candles in bed.

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