A. scratchy big box store sheets, or
B. pricey sheet sets because the boys don't use a top sheet so I feel like it's a total waste of money.
I stumbled upon a set of new sheets from Target (I'll buy the scratchy big box store sheets if they're only $2) at the Salvation Army. The stripes grabbed my eye and I thought, "man, they're perfect, I really wish there was another set." I put them in my cart anyway and while I was shopping an idea began to form. I wonder if you can turn a flat sheet into a fitted sheet? Turns out the internet if full if tutorials on how to do just that. I now have so many possibilities in my linen closet. At least five sheet sets that can be made into matching fitted sheets so my boys never have to sleep on their mattress protectors again.
Here's my sloppy tutorial, although once you cut the initial square it's not hard to figure out.
This square turned out to be a little big and the sheet fit a little tight because of it. I don't mind, but if you actually measure you will probably be more pleased with your results.
Serge/sew right sides together to make your corner pocket
Make a casing for the elastic and stretch it as you sew. (I forgot to take a picture of this, so this photo shows the finished casing.)
Matching success!!! Alan was thrilled and kept telling me he loved his "new bed" I think they were just shocked to see what they looked like made. It's been a while.