Easy DIY Zipper Bedding

Easy DIY Zipper Bedding

Do you make your bed every day? I used to, but now it’s an occasional thing. I think it will be easier to get back into the ritual once Jeremy and I get up at the same time. I don’t think he’d be too happy if I made the bed around his sleeping form! I would really like to get my daughter in kindergarten to get into the habit, but I want it to be easy and even fun – is that possible?! I think it might also be a little satisfying with zipper bedding. I am so excited to share how I tackled this easy DIY zipper bedding for a twin sized mattress.

Easy DIY Zipper Bedding

You may have heard of Beddys zipper bedding and accessories – I believe they were the pioneers to really launch this fabulous concept of bedding that zips up. Zipper bedding helps kids and adults to easily make their bed. I love the beautiful finished look of Beddys bedding, but it’s not in my budget, so I decided to make my own. If you’re not sure whether or not your child would like the feeling of zipper bedding, you could always start by using an existing sheet set and fleece blanket – that way you only need to buy the zipper. If they love it, you can invest in a new sheet design and update their room later. Quinn’s sheets are very worn and a little stretched out, so I got an amazingly great deal at Target on a gold-dot sheet set – under $7!!! However, I made the mistake of buying a microfleece blanket which has a lot of stretch. It was so soft, but it would have been easier to sew fleece that didn’t have any give. I also used an all purpose upholstery thread just to have some extra toughness against my six-year-old zipping it over and over again. I was able to buy 10 yards of zipper on Amazon, and cut the exact lengths I needed.

Easy DIY Zipper Bedding
These cute throw pillows were made using Quinn’s favorite clothing that she outgrew. It’s so cute watching her arrange pillows like mommy.

Easy DIY Zipper Bedding

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Easy DIY Zipper Bedding

Easy DIY Zipper Bedding Steps:

  1. Measure your mattress width and length. My mattress was 38″ x 74″
  2. Lay out (and maybe iron) your flat sheet. Measure and pin your width and length – be sure to add some room for your seam allowance (38.5″ x 74.5″).
  3. Cut out the flat sheet, cutting along the outside of your pins.
  4. Lay out your fleece fabric/blanket and pin the cut out flat sheet on top of it, right-side faced down.
  5. Cut out the fleece and leave them pinned together.
  6. Sew the flat sheet and fleece together, leaving a 12″ opening at the bottom to turn it right-side out.
  7. Turn right-side out and sew the opening closed when you sew a top stitch around the entire perimeter.
  8. Cut two 74″ lengths of zipper (one for each side of the bed), and unzip the zippers.
  9. Sew a zipper half to each length of the flat sheet/fleece top. The zipper should be face-down and facing in. Sew it along the top-stitch.
  10. Place the fitted sheet onto the mattress. Using sewing chalk, mark along the edge of the mattress on each side.
  11. Line up each zipper half and pin along the chalk line. Make sure the zipper is face-down and facing out.
  12. Take the zipper pulls and thread each half into a pull to zip up each side.
  13. You can sew the bottom end to the fitted sheet or not.

Easy DIY Zipper Bedding

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Easy DIY Zipper Bedding

Do you like to sew? Is this a project you may try out? If you do, please leave me a comment below. I’d love to see your fabric choices and finished projects – they’re so inspiring and encouraging! Thanks for reading this post – I appreciate you and am so happy to be connected!

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  • Ashley

    August 10, 2022 at 1:27 am Reply

    This is by far the easiest-explained tutorial there is! I’ve looked at several and even started pinning fabric but didn’t feel confident enough to cut or sew. After looking through yours Im super excited to try this! Thank you so much!

    • Amy

      August 15, 2022 at 4:52 pm Reply

      Thank you, Ashley! You can absolutely sew your own zipper bedding. I didn’t have a pattern, I’m not a seamstress, and I was really just winging it hoping my idea would work. If you mess up, rip out the stitch and try again – you got this!

  • Anne Simmons

    June 12, 2022 at 10:12 am Reply

    How are you liking it now? I’m worried that there’s no extra fabric to extend over my child, once she’s inside. I was thinking I’d add some pleats to help the flat sheet expand some, and cover her. Curious how it’s held up and how your daughter’s enjoying it!

    Thanks for sharing this! What a gift!

    • Amy

      June 13, 2022 at 9:07 pm Reply

      Hi Anne!
      She used it the entire time we lived in an apartment while our house was being built. She also slept with her blanky up around her neck. I think the snugness helped her to settle down, but in the summer months we’d leave one side zipped down. Now she’s bigger and just sleeps with a fleece blanket loosely over her which works well for all her tossing around. I think your idea of adding some pleats is awesome. I think the Beddy’s inspired bedding is great, but as my daughter has grown, so have her preferences. I’m glad I saved money doing this DIY instead of buying a real Beddy’s just for the savings reason alone.

  • Marsha

    March 31, 2022 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Don’t Beddy’s have a flange inside?

    • Amy

      April 4, 2022 at 5:33 pm Reply

      Hi Marsha!
      I’m not sure about the Beddy’s construction, I’ve never owned one, but I like the concept.

  • Heather

    March 8, 2022 at 4:16 pm Reply

    I love Beddy’s but they are not in my budget either. I cant wait to try your tutorial!! I have looked up MANY tutorials but yours makes this look achievable! THANK YOU!

    Now to look for fantastic sheets!

    • Amy

      March 9, 2022 at 1:40 pm Reply

      Thanks, Heather! I am not a skilled seamstress; a pillowcase is about as complex as I get. This dupe is very easy and it’s even washed well. Good luck – I know you can do it!

  • Cristina

    June 4, 2021 at 3:40 am Reply

    This is exactly the tutorial I was looking for! Quick question though, is the foot of the bed open? The top cover isn’t connected to the bottom?

    • Amy

      June 5, 2021 at 10:30 pm Reply

      Thanks, Cristina! The foot is open, but the top is long enough that it overlaps the edge and doesn’t look open. My daughter’s feet don’t reach the edge so I opted to leave it open, but you could sew across the bottom to connect it.

  • Melissa Westbrook

    May 4, 2021 at 10:45 pm Reply

    I just used this tutorial to make 3 for my boys! Couldn’t justify that much for Beddy’s but I think these will work great! Thank you!

    • Amy

      May 17, 2021 at 3:58 pm Reply

      That is so awesome! Beddy’s are great, but not in my budget. So glad you found my blog to help~ Thanks for letting me know.

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