If you’ve checked out Busy Being Jennifer before, then chances are you already know about my insane love for vintage sheet quilts. And when I say insane, I mean like my-vintage-sheet-collection-has-taken-over-the-living-room kind of insane *insert long-suffering husband here* I just got a brand new (to me) cupboard so that I can start organizing some of the hoard like I promised I would earlier in the year… in the mean time I’m sharing some tips and tricks for making your own vintage sheet quilts and some of my absolute favorite vintage sheet quilt creations from around the internet!
Tips and Tricks if you’re in the mood to tackle making your own Vintage Sheet Quilt:
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.
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 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.
Now, Some of my current favorite vintage sheet quilts…
I’m planning a triangle vintage sheet quilt just for me this summer 🙂 But in the mean time you can check out the Simply Vintage Vintage Sheet Quilt and the Vintage Sheet Hexi Baby Quilt I’ve made recently!
What do you think of vintage sheet quilts? Would you want to curl up under one on a cool spring morning or around a campfire one summer night? Oh or a picnic? These quilts are great for anything!