Guide To Use Flat Sheets For Easy DIY Decoration
Flat Sheets are stupendous for easy decorating; they come in all sorts of colors, patterns and offer yards of seam-free fabric which is suitable for duvet covers, slip-covers and curtains...for only a few dollars. Compare this to an at least $10-per-yard cost for decorator fabrics.
About how much fabric do you get?
Twin Flat: 4.5 yards of 36" wide fabric, 3 1/8 yards 58"to 60" inch fabric.
Full Size Flat Sheet: 6 yards of 36" wide fabric, 3 7/8 yards 58"to 60" inch fabric.
Queen Size Flat Sheet : 7 yards of 36" wide fabric, 4 1/2 yards 58"to 60" inch fabric.
King Size flat sheet : 8 yards of 36" wide fabric, 5 3/8 yards 58"to 60" "inch fabric.
Actual yardage may vary since most sheets nowadays are over-sized.
Easi Set duvet cover:
Measure the blanket or comforter, note the measurements. Get 2 flat sheets the same size (twin, full, queen, etc) in your desired color or print, lay them on the floor and pin the edges together. Sew together the left, right and bottom sides. Leave the top open. Make button holes or use safety pins to close it. (Hint-Use the top of the sheets for the top side.) Slip the comforter all the way inside, and button or pin shut.
Make a reversible duvet cover by combining a solid and a print sheet.
No-sew slip cover (great for upholstered chairs):
Start with two king-size sheets. Remove the seat cushion and set aside. Drape the sheets over the chair and center, tucking them in deep all around. Arrange the fullness so gathers fall around the corners and back side of the chair. At each side of the gathers (near the chair arms and back corners) cut in small slits; thread in ribbon, cord or ties made from extra fabric or part of the sheets and tie them to hold in the gathers. Trim bottom edges with pinking shears. For the seat cushion, roll it up in a twin-size sheet; tuck it in snug, and place on chair. Likewise, you may also leave the seat cushion on and tuck the king-size sheets around it. Smaller chairs could use two queen-size sheets.
No-sew seat-cushion (for wooden chairs):
Pop out the seat bottom and cut out two layers of sheet-fabric some inches larger than the seat-bottom. Try pillow cases or a twin flat sheet. Wrap the sheets around the cushion, centering it if it's a print, and staple it to the base, gathering in the sheet tidy at the corners. For a softer seat, you may want to insert a foam cushion or old towel between the seat and sheet fabric. Simple!
For full-length curtains, take two matching sheets which will cover the window, and measure the distance from the curtain rod to the floor Lay sheets out vertically; fold over the top to make a casing that fits rod; sew.
For cafe curtains, slit the seams of two pillowcases and stich 1/2" top and side hems. Hang them on a cafe or tension rod with clip-on curtain rings. Alternately, cut 3" wide strips (to make 2" strips with a 1/2" seam allowance) and hem. Sew hemmed strips to the top of the pillow cases to make tab-topped cafe curtains.
Sheets can be draped or cut into elegant, drapey valances.
Got a sheet in a bold print or yummy color? Measure a pillow or pillow form and cut sheets to the right dimension (adding in 1/2" seam allowance). Sew around the sides or with attach heat-fusible hemming tape, like Stich Witchery; remember to have the right sides in. Leave half of the top side open (to allow for the pillow); turn right-side out and stuff your pillow into the casing, hand stich pillow shut with small stitches. Crafty? Doll it up with piping or trims. Alternately, you can make a removable/washable pillowcase by leave the top side hemmed but open. Sew a placket with buttons, sew on ties, or add a zipper to close.
Fabric-covered Wall, bulletin board or wall-sized bulletin board:
For a bulletin board, use part of a twin-size sheet or pillow case. Cut it slightly larger than a cork-board or foam-core; stretch it over the board and staple to the back. Attach a hanger or nail it to the wall.
For a fabric "wall", first establish the plumb line by tying heavy scissors to a string rubbed with colored chalk. Have someone hold the string at the top of the wall. Hold the scissors tight by the baseboard and snap the string to get a straight chalked line to use as a guide. Then cut fabric panels 3" longer than the height of the wall. Tack or tape the top edges of the sheet to the wall and pin or tape the sides along the chalk marks. When even, pull it taut gently and staple at the top every 2 inches, and at the bottom, every 5 inches. Progress till the wall is covered, and staple into the corners. Cut away excess fabric at the bottom and by windows/doorway with a razor blade and metal ruler.
Spray with spray-starch for stain-resistance. This wall makes a fun background for a wall collage plastered with photos and mementoes, or a unique kids' "artwork-gallery" wall. Wild? Skip the painted wall and go leopard.
For the frugal DIY'er who needs to decorate in a pinch, flat sheets are your friends.