Sheets and pillowcases, oh my

My favourite sheet shrank in the wash. It’s covered in lovely, luscious peacock feathers. The top sheet and pillowcases were still good, but the fitted sheet no longer, well, fitted. They don’t make this pattern any more. We use a coordinate solid for extra pillowcases, so why not just go get a matching solid fitted sheet? Unfortunately, the colour was on clearance. No fitted sheets the right size left, just a flat sheet.

This is exactly the kind of straightforward domestic project I would have shied away from 6 months ago, not confident that I could do it well enough. But now, with my new-found quilty sewing skills? I picked up that flat sheet and some elastic, and hit Google. With the aid of this tutorial (with a little adaptation), I turned that flat sheet into a fitted sheet. With French seams! Who knew there was more than one kind?!

Enthused by my success, I contemplated the shrunken sheet, and decided I could turn it into a pair of pillowcases. I didn’t even use a tutorial for this, just looked at an existing pillowcase for measurements and construction and winged it. French seams again, too. I’m so happy with how these turned out!

And the best part? I still have half a sheet left. I don’t know what to do with it yet, but the cotton is like butter, so soft. It almost feels like Liberty lawn. I’m keeping the leftovers for stash, that’s for sure!

3 thoughts on “Sheets and pillowcases, oh my

  1. Brilliant! I was just digging around to pass on some sheets to a daughter and found the fitted sheet is missing. What is up with that?! Maybe I should just make a replacement….
    I also commented on them being as soft as Liberty Lawn!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this idea. I have lots of orphan bottom sheets that can’t be used with our newer “Princess and the Pea” mattress. (People slept for years on mattresses they did not need to use a step ladder to get on to. I’m convinced it is a conspiracy.) I can make pillows out of the bottom sheets and convert some of the top sheets into bottom sheets.
    I’ve used French seams a lot. Isn’t just like the French to name a seam after themselves? Lol.
    Sorry, now that I’m on Social Security, everything I write sounds like an Old People’s Rant.

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