Why did I decide to experiment with cotton sheets? This is how it came about; I was at a thrift shop in the bed linens area looking for flannel for a design wall. It was a special 50% day, I love upcycling, bargins, and I thought purchasing a flannel sheet for about $2 or $3 was much more fun than paying full price at a fabric shop. So while I was in the bedding area I started noticing all the other sheets, all the great colors. I began looking at the tags for fiber content and saw that many of them were 100% cotton. I have a blast working with upcycled 100% cotton plaid shirts so why not give sheets a try!
I have read a little on the Internet about using sheets in quilting, not all of the articles have been favorable. Some of the issues address the thread count and that the machine needles might break the threads of high thread count sheets. I considered this and I also inspected the hems on many of the sheets where they have been machine stitched, no signs of fraying or thread breaking. I’m giving it a try!
Of course I love variety and have purchased many sheets. Let’s talk $ per yard, I only purchase them on sale days so it works out to about 50¢ per yard!
I did put the proverbial cart before the horse in this case and have completed almost two quilt tops before I decided maybe I should make a smaller sample quilt top and put it to the test. So I cut up a great assortment into 5″ squares.
I made the test quilt top out of my favorite unit, half-square-triangles! The darkest fabric is not black but a very dark blue fabric from a sheet.
The back is also from a sheet so this entire test quilt is from upcycled sheets.
Once this quilt is quilted this is what I am going to do to test it for durability, I’m going to toss it in the dryer with every load of drying that I do. I’m not going to wash it in my top loading washer, I never wash quilts that way, there is too much stress on a quilt in a top loading washer. I will report back on the results. I really do feel confident that these fabrics will hold up, and I will let you know either way.
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