Playpen sheets

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by critters » Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:12 pm

It's too bad you can't use the blankets like you send us, but reusing your finds is good, too! I used to have Ma sew a seam around mattress pad pieces to make warm, easily washable cat-sized blankets.

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by CarolC » Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:19 pm

I actually thought about that! I thought the same thing. I see quite a few thin baby quilts in the thrift store for $2 - $3, and they would be the right size to fold under on all 4 sides, stitch the corners, and they would fit a playpen mattress. It would be the easiest project with the least sewing, and cute. But after getting kind of excited about that idea, in the end I just wanted plain white like we've had for 10 years, and it seems the only way to get white is to make them. I watch the color of her urine, and want to be able to spot any doodles in her bed, so white is easiest for that. And if I need to bleach them, white is best for bleaching. I like seeing that they are clean when I put one on her bed every night, they look so nice, and I want to know if there are any issues to be aware of when I strip her bed next morning. That's why her puffy comforters are also mainly white or pale pastel if there's a design.

The big spread and the sheet are in the wash right now with soap and a cup of bleach.

I'm planning to do more or less what your mom does as far as sewing. I don't have a serger (overcast) machine and I don't have (or want) pinking shears, so I am just going to sew a double row around when I attach the back to the top, and I think that will be good as it isn't visible and just has to hold up for many, many washings.
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EDIT TO ADD:
11 PM. Got one made. Looks like a playpen sheet. :) Can't try it right now because she's already in bed. Will wash it tomorrow morning and try it on the mattress and if it's OK will take a picture. Took maybe an hour and a half.

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by CarolC » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:19 pm

Here it is. The first one was the easiest because I used the selvages and didn't have to hem the back. All the others will require more sewing. This is going to work.

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EDIT TO ADD:
8 PM Another one done, that's 2.

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by critters » Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:59 am

Good points about white. Ma's machine can't do anything special either, but be aware that 2 years ago her machine got a hairball from doing too much fleece and furry stuff! True story. :shock: :mrgreen:

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by critters » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:01 am

PS--They look nice! You might consider using that invisible thread for sewing them together, if your machine can use it, not because it's invisible but because it's monofilament, like fishing line, and it tends to be almost indestructible.

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by CarolC » Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:33 am

Thanks. Sorry the one picture is so dark. My mother used to have some crystal thread, too, it is tough. But let me show you the problem we have. :lol:

Here is a picture of one of her old sheets. You can see what happens when the fabric gets thin and she digs it. The back is still intact but the top is torn. She will dig-dig-dig-dig-dig. If I tell her not to, she stops and then goes back to it. She'll have a comforter and maybe another blanket in her playpen, but she'll get in the middle of the playpen and dig the sheet. It's got to be an instinct, trying to dig a hollow at night. I have another dog who digs her fleece bed, too. But at least I can get another fleece bed, unlike the playpen sheets. The groomer uses the dremel on both of them so their nails aren't sharp.

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I don't know why I even saved that sheet, it was already retired, but it was in the bottom of her linen basket because I just knew I couldn't buy any more. I won't have to be scared to get rid of it now. :)

I don't know how long it will take her to dig through these new ones, it will depend on the fabric. There's nothing wrong with the quality of the Cozy Kids. They are already worn thin before she manages to get through the top. If I'm using 2-3 sheets at a time for her, that's 120-180 washings a year, so they just wear out. This is one of the reasons I don't use bleach every time. I'd like to but they'd wear out 10x faster.

I don't really sew that much, but I'll be careful if I do any fleece! :lol:

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by critters » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:58 am

I think mattress pads contributed to the furball, too!

Yeah, my claw-handed punks do that, too. It's a wonder peepads last a week in my house, with washing and digging!!

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by CarolC » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:32 pm

They are causing some fluff in the lint screen of the dryer. 3 are done now. :D

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by critters » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:43 am

CarolC wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:32 pm
3 are done now. :D
Congrats!

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by CarolC » Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:09 pm

:thankyou:

At this point the thing that slows it down is the step where you pin the back to the front to fold the corners. I have to do it on the floor because there isn't a table in the house big enough, and mostly my creaky old self doesn't feel like crawling around on the floor with pins, so then I put it off. :lol: But I got 2 pinned this afternoon so those can be finished now. Then there is just one more to do from this batch.

If I was smart, I'd keep going and make the other 8 (out of the other quilt/bedspread) while I have it all memorized how it's done. Haven't cut those out yet. If we use 3/year (I don't really know how fast these new ones will wear out) then making all 14 would be another 4-almost-5 years. Might not have to make any more till, er, 2024? I think I should do it. We'll see...

Posting the progress is kind of helpful even if it's super boring to read :lol: but people with an incontinent pet who sleeps in a playpen will probably understand.

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EDIT TO ADD: 11PM fourth sheet finished

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Re: Playpen sheets

Post by critters » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:39 am

Plus you'll have the directions you can refer back to if you forget in the future. I used to make sweaters for Baby out of kids' sweatshirt sleeves, and I kept one specifically as a template to cut more. You might be able to do something similar to make life easier.

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