Ask: 6/6/11

Do you ever upcycle linens (pillowcases, sheets, etc…) for your sewing projects? What was your biggest win?

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Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.

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  1. Absolutely! Old sheets are a great source of vintage fabric. I posted about a blouse I made recently from an old sheet here:
    http://charityshopchic.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/sheet-shirt/

  2. Well mine isn’t a win yet but I hope it will be. I plan on making a dress for a July wedding from two sheets. One solid light blue and the other light blue and white check. I’ll be using Butterick B4790. So excited!

  3. Yes! I find that old sheets are the best when you just need some kind of foundation fabric. I used a sheet for the base of this fabric necklace I used in a giveaway:
    http://thefeistyredhead.blogspot.com/2011/05/giveaway-day-flower-bib-necklace.html
    I also find myself using sheets for hidden things like facings.

  4. Oh yes! I made a super cute skirt for my daughter using a thrifted Garnet Hill ballerina pillowcase.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/janssendesigns/3714970967/in/set-72157608575361475
    I might just have to make another Sorbetto top using a pillowcase for this week’s challenge! fun!

  5. I’d be too terrified of looking like Holly Homemaker. At least if I make a mistake with regular fabric I can tell myself, Well, it was intended to be suitable for clothing.

  6. Yes! I’ve made two dresses from duvet covers (thrifted). They’re really good to use when you’re a beginner at sewing, because they’re very cheap if thrifted and you get a lot of fabric so it doesn’t matter if something goes wrong! Here’s a link to a picture of one of the dresses I’ve made out of a duvet cover: http://www.sysidan.se/obj/photo/c/cbbfd5ada65d1767938f4e440b32aee3.jpg

  7. It may sound crazy, but I made five swagged and gathered living room/dining room valances from 10 king size pillowcases, and a pinch-pleated drapery panel for a sliding glass door from three king size fitted sheets! They were all in a beautiful Ralph Lauren print that looked like vintage barkcloth, but that was all I could find at the bedding outlet store. Fortunately, the repeat fell in line across the sheets, and I designed the valances to accommodate the opened up pillowcases. They were gorgeous!

  8. There is nothing like having a queen size flat sheet to use for the backing of a quilt. Perfect.