This is such a stupid, small thing, in the great scheme of things, but I’m washing the mattress protectors from the gite and it annoys me that the elastic round the bottom has stretched and no longer holds the protector properly and tightly against the mattress. I don’t want to make a channel through which I thread elastic. It’s the type of really thin elastic that is just somehow stitched into the edge of the fabric.
Can anyone point me, please, in the direction of a video (or give me an explanation) as to how I can use my sewing machine to attach new thin elastic. Is it possible?
Thanks for any suggestions / advice.
NB: these are not waterproof protectors, just the lightweight slightly padded material ones with thin gauze “sides” that wrap round the mattress.
Just realised this is relevant to me too - except mine is a very expensive pure Australian sheepskin mattress cover so I really must fix it (irreplaceable here I’d imagine!) as it keeps wrinkling up which is very uncomfortable!
The mattress would have to be turned over for them to fiddle with the straps, we just sew 1" wide heavy duty elastic from the middle of one side to the other side to act as a tensioner, pulls it taught then.
If you do it from side to side it’s a bugger getting it on and off, although holds it down better. You might be strong enough to do battle with a 160cm mattress, but I’m not. And with a gîte you are doing this every week…
That’s why the diagonal corners work just fine…you just need to make sure they are not too close to the corners or they pop off.
Thanks Jane, you are so right. I have found what I need. I’ll buy some white shirring elastic tomorrow. I think if I can do it properly it will make the mattress protectors look neater and since I offer a mid-fortnight change of bedding I’d rather when they took the dirty sheet off that they saw something neat/tidy underneath.