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Sheets, Old, and Useful

Got old sheets? Are you replacing your worn sheets? What are you going to do with them? Throw them out?? Don't do that.

Here are some ways you can use them to spiff up your home and yourself, but first, let's get this part straight. Sheets are big pieces of material. That's all. Okay, they have hems on the two ends and selvedge edges on the two sides. They're still big pieces of material. Right?

Now that we've got that squared away, what uses are there for big pieces of material?


Lightweight curtains for the bedroom? Why not? The rod pocket is already there! Cut to size and hem wherever needed. If you're using the full width of the sheet, cut your curtains so that the selvedge edge is on the outer side of each one. This will save you a hem and make the outside edge look neat. Cut with the top of the sheet as the top of the curtain, hem the inside edge and the bottom if necessary and you're done. It doesn't get a lot easier than that.

Fabric picture frame

Use strips from an old towel, leftover batting or several strips from the sheet to pad an existing frame. Glue them down so they don't stray while you're putting on the covering material. Cut that piece at least two inches wider than the frame. Vut the pieces long enough to generously overlap at the corners, then start by gluing or stapling it to the inside back of the frame. Bring the pieces to the front and over the frame and fasten to the back of the outside edge. That wasn't hard, was it?

Recover a throw pillow

Measure a pillow form or covered pillow from edge to edge first one way and then the other. Add at least an inch on all sides to this measurement and cut two pieces. Sew three sides together on the wrong side, turn right side out and put the pillow form inside this. Finish with a blind stitch. Decorate your pillow with metallic rope or lace.

Use it as a summer bedspread

Oh, this one is hard. Put it on the bed instead of a bedspread.

Make a rag rug

Crochet, knit or braid a rug to match your new bedspread, or simply cut a piece to size and machine quilt it for a floor cloth and bind with strips of the sheet or in a contrasting or complementary color.

Spiff up your bathroom

Shower curtains don't have to be waterproof to stop the water from hitting the floor. A piece of material (like a sheet!) works well. Hang it from clips or make a series of buttonholes to insert curtain rings.

Make a set of towels to match! Sew strips of the sheet (or its partner) over the strip of woven fabric that's a few inches above the bottom of most towels. Measure and add a half inch to the width and an inch to the length. Turn the strip under a quarter inch and sew down by hand or machine, then turn the end over the edge of the towel, turn in the raw edge and sew down.

What else? Go ahead, let your imagination guide you. A rug for the bathroom floor, a nondescript vase covered with the material, a basket lined with it, a lampshade covered with it, place mats, potholders, napkins...

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Published Jun 21 2013, 12:15 PM by Pat


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