(Painting: Washing Day by Alf Cooke, 1905)
This year, I decided to try and achieve a few things I have always thought of doing, or wanted to do. Since white muslin fabric is available in 108 inch widths, the size of a king size sheet, I decided to make a set of sheets. I have thought of trying this because some muslin fabric feels so soft, and I wanted to see what a set of sheets would be like, when used in hot weather. Above, you see the sheet set and two sets of pillowcases. I don't know if this idea works, because I made it for someone else and I haven't got a review of it yet.
It takes three yards of 108 inch fabric for each sheet. This was a very easy sewing job, because there is no measuring of the sheets if you get the sales clerk at the fabric store to cut it into three-yard pieces. No pattern is needed. After that, it is basically machine-hemming the two raw edges. I rounded the corners of the fitted sheet, made casings and inserted elastic. I really enjoyed making these but this was just a one-time experiment to see what it would be like, and I won't be making another set and it won't be one of my interests. At least I know a set of sheets and pillow cases of all cotton can be made for $20.00 with discount coupons, and that it is possible to make them if, for some reason, they are needed.
This is not the 800 thread-count that makes cotton sheets so silky and luxurious these days, but it certainly might be good for an extra set of sheets, especially since the larger sizes are so expensive. The pillowcases are made with a very nice lightweight cotton called Quilters Showcase and comes in pink, blue, green, yellow and other soft colors. It has the same thinness as the muslin. I think this sheet ensemble will look very pretty on the clothesline.
If these sheets are not comfortable enough, the wide muslin can be used for something else.
Below: this is the American made cotton fabric, a bit more textured, which is perfect for decorative pillows. I made these to go with the sheet set.
Someone just told me there were 1200 thread count sheets now. I thought the 800 count was incredibly silky and luxurious. Now I am really curious about the 1200 thread count. Can it get any higher?
Here is another idea: muslin skirt for little girls with trim, using the 45 in cotton fabric. This was quick and easy since no pattern was needed. One seam and a casing for the elastic is all you need to sew. The selvege can be used as the hem. The ribbon trim and muslin fabric are from Walmart.