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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Thrifty Fabric Finds in Buying Sheets

By Abby of Love Made the Radish Grow

I love sheets for material use. Big pieces of fabric most folks throw out when they no longer match the bedroom, and I pick up cheap for sewing! These two are some most recent creations. Super Boy is modeling the skirt, because he insisted, but it is for Pony Gal. I found this number at a Goodwill in the Big City and also ended up making myself a skirt with it. The dress on Pony Gal is from an old sheet of my grandmother. She had to move to an assisted living facility a few months back and I grabbed some sheets from the stuff that she had to part with. I love that I can keep a part of her with us in odd ways. Pony Gal has clothes made from Dad's grandma's stash as well.
(Sorry about the fuzzy pictures-apparently I couldn't stand still that day ;)  )

13 comments:

Paula said...

I like them both!

Aside from your sewing skills, it looks like the grandmas had great taste in sheets! Which I imagine helps a lot.

~Leslie said...

How cute!! And what a great way to up-cycle those sheets!

I've been finding some great ones at my local thrift stores. Haven't made any clothes--yet. Been using them to make produce bags and reusable shopping bags.

Thanks for sharing this!

Abby said...

I am teaching a class on introductory sewing later in August, and our project is an apron. I intend to bring sheets as the fabric they can choose from that, as well. I love how useful they are and I feel in using them, not to mention some of the totally fun and funky fabrics that are available. Sometimes the fabric totally makes the project.

Katidids said...

Those turned out so cute! We used them as curtians, summer bedspreads for a bright change. I LOVE them for aprons...thrifted even better

Dani said...

I love used sheets for my craft projects..doll dresses, and even Christmas stockings..great material and you can't beat the price!

Jennifer said...

In our house we dont use the top sheets. Its just to hot (we live in Honduras). So whenever I get new sheet sets (new to us) the fitted sheets get put on the beds, and the top sheets get used as curtains (the twin sized sheets usually). The larger sized sheets are recycled into crib sheets for the baby. They are made into crib sheets that look like pillow cases. From a king size sheet I can get 3 crib sheets. The king sized pillow cases (we dont have king sized pillows) I rip the seam and re-sew them and they become lightweight sheets for the baby.
I also use it to make dresses and other things as well.
~Jennifer
http://followingmycatracho.blogspot.com

Abby said...

We have sheets for curtains and tablecloths, as well, here, too.

Liz said...

I share your old sheet love. I have that daisy sheet in aqua blue - LOVE that pattern. I'm still using it on my kids' beds, tho, since I was lucky enough to find a fitted sheet to go with it. All my kids' sheet/doona sets are recycled groovy retro ones, and I use sheets/doona covers for sewing as well, so I buy a lot of old sheets, lol.

~Molly~ said...

I have been collecting them for the past few years, in our area they are few and far between for the really pretty ones.

My plan was to make a quilt with big 10-inch squares but instead we're taking them to my mom's to make lounge pants and nightgowns! She has a serger and is much better at patterns and such. There are maybe 6-7 full-size top sheets and 2-3 fitted in my stash. I can't wait to share pictures when we get back this fall.

Molly

dining table said...

I have two kids and they are look like those cute kids in the picture. They are very intact to each other. They are partners in crime. That boy in the picture is so cute.

soisses said...

haha... so cute! the little boy with the dress ;-)

Anonymous said...

About thirty five years ago when I shopped in department stores, I saw a simple tiered, gathered skirt in the first floor misses department for $28. Upstairs in the linens department was the exact same print on sheets. I bought one queen flat and made myself a princess lined sundress and matching jacket for $8.

Chiot's Run said...

I always buy sheets at the Goodwill or thrift stores for making curtains and other lovely things. They really are a cheaper option for lovely fabrics!