I’ve been on a Vintage Sheet Quilt making roll lately! When I was at the quilting retreat last weekend I got another twin size top done last week! And its gonna be so pretty when its finished. Since so many people have been commenting on my latest finished quilt, I thought I would re-share these vintage sheet quilt making tips and tricks!
Want to make your own? These are my best Vintage Sheet Quilt Making Tips and Tricks!
Wash the sheets as you collect them. This will make it easier to prep your vintage sheet fabrics when its time to cut them. I like to wash sheets with hot water, using detergent and Oxi-clean. Then I dry them on high heat for 45 minutes. The hot water and hot dry simply insure that they are nice and clean!
Store your sheets away from direct sunlight. Chances are the sheet you scored is already faded a bit from use. Avoid sunlight damage and keep your collection tucked away until you’re ready to use it.
When it comes time to iron and cut your fabrics, I Highly recommended using spray starch, especially on the thinner sheets. The starch will help add stability and make cutting the right size and shape easier. Iron and starch before you start cutting squares so that they don’t turn out too wonky 🙂
Sew with a wider seam allowance. I typically sew with a 3/8th inch seam allowance for vintage sheet quilts. This usually means that I have to do a little extra math if its not a straight forward patchwork quilt, but the long term results are worth a little bit of calculating. Some vintage sheets are thinner and can be more prone to fraying, using a wider seam allowance will help keep that from helping and ensure long term quilt use.
Cut with pinking shears when ever possible. For the same reason, you want to use a wider seam allowance, you want to cut with your vintage sheet fabric with pinking shears.
Also, Vintage sheets can slip and slide quite a bit, so be sure to use lots of pins and a fresh sharp needle in your sewing machine.
There is nothing quite like snuggling under the soft, cozy, warm comfort of a vintage sheet quilt and if you’ve ever thought about making your own, these Vintage Sheet Quilt Making Tips and Tricks will definitely come in handy!