Friday, 14 August 2009

Holey sheet...

I always check and see if I can find any pretty printed sheets when I go to the opshop or hit a garage sale- you just don't seem to be able to buy printed sheets new in the shops anymore. At least I haven't seen any.... did they stop making them around the 70's? Here are some of my vintage favourites.
garage sale sheets

OPshop, Phillip Island

more garage sale sheets
If the opshop you visit stocks bedlinen, you usually have to wade through quite a few stained-and-manky-looking sets to find the odd lovely one. These sheets aren't too faded and they're in pretty good nick, with no holes- I guess that means that they weren't used-and-washed too many times. People must have kept them for 'best.' I haven't really used them either! They are mostly double, and my bed is queen-size. I was thinking I might turn them into a quilt so they'd see the light of day but I kinda don't want to hack into them with scissors. I think I'll just continue to look at them and smile every time I open the linen cupboard to get out my plain white sheets :o)

6 comments:

Bizarre Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing... lots of quilters make them into bags too...

You have a very pretty collection.

Gina E. said...

These are to die for, EmilyKate!! If you don't want to cut them up (and I wouldn't either), why not use them as the backing for a quilt?

Bronwyn said...

What a lovely stash of vintage sheets! That is probably my favourite thing to get at the oppy! I do cut them up though - great for making pj pants, dressing gowns, light skirts, and quilts, and just to store and look at too!

Sandy said...

Hi EmilyKate - check out soulemamas blog. She makes great picnic/beach blankets from old sheets.

billy boy & mia said...

i love these and also hunt for printed sheets, and use tablecloths and pillowcases in my sewing. I spy my old sheet pattern in there from when i was a kid! :)

Original Mischief said...

Gorgeous sheets! I used to have quite a big collection but shared them out. Kept the ones I couldn't part with. Great for quilt backs.