How to Create a Bedcover from a Sheet and Tablecloth

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For a pretty bedcover, use a sheet and a tablecloth.
Sew the top layer over the piping.
Lay out your sheet and tablecloth as shown.
For a pretty bedcover, use a sheet and a tablecloth.

For a pretty bedcover, use a sheet and a tablecloth.

Photo: Sloan Howard

Train your eye to look for wonderful fabrics in every store you shop, not just fabric stores. You'll be amazed at the selection. Sheets, tablecloths, curtains, and even rugs can be given new life in a variety of home decorating projects. Here, you'll learn how to piece, layer, and quilt a flannel sheet and two different tablecloths to create a comfy, cozy, and truly fashionable bed covering. Add a bit of pretty trim, and voilà, you have an instant update for your boudoir.

What You'll Need:
Flat flannel sheet and tablecloths or curtains (
Backing sheet (
Warm & Natural batting (
Chalk, yardstick, toothbrush
3 to 3-1/2 yards of wide piping or cording with a flange (or lip)
12 yards of skinny piping or cording with a flange (or lip)
Sewing machine, zipper or cording foot, and thread
505 Spray and Fix (
1/8-inch-wide ribbon and large hand needle

Step 1: Piece the top
Buy a flat sheet for the size of your bed (twin, full, queen or king). Measure and write down its dimensions. Prewash your sheets and tablecloths.

Step 2: Plan your design
Lay out your sheet and tablecloth as shown. The outside measurements should equal the sheet’s original dimensions. Mark the seamlines on each piece of fabric using a yardstick. Measure out the seam allowances and cut. Cut the backing cloth to the original sheet measurements.


Lay out and cut your fabrics in your desired design, adding a seam allowance between them.

Step 3: Add thick cord between the top panels
Using a zipper or cording foot, machine-baste the cording along the seamline on the right side of one of your top panels. Place the top panels right sides together with the cord in between. Sew just inside the previous basting line, sewing through all layers.

Add cording in between your layers for added contrast.

Step 4: Cut thin cording for the edges
For an untraditional look, the spread’s edges are trimmed with a pretty home decorating cording (traditional quilts usually sport binding.) Measure the perimeter of your spread along the stitching line and cut your cording to that length, plus a few inches for overlap.

Step 5: Sew the cording to the spread back
Position the cording on the right side of the back layer on the stitching line, as shown. Ease the cord around the spread's corners, clipping as necessary. Overlap the piping ends. Attach a zipper foot to your machine and sew along the flange.

Attach the cording around the edges, clipping to make the corners.

Step 6: Sew the top layer over the piping
Spray the wrong side of the top layer with 505 Spray and Fix; layer the batting onto it and fingerpress in place. Lay the top layer over the back layer, right sides together, aligning the edges. Sew around the edges using a zipper foot to stitch close to the cording, leaving a 3–5 inch opening for turning. Turn the spread right side out. Slipstitch the opening closed.

Layer your quilt together with right sides facing.

Step 7: Map your grid with chalk
With your yardstick and chalk, mark quilting points on the back layer, spacing them about 3-1⁄2 inches apart. On a clean floor or your bed, lay out the spread. To tack-quilt with skinny ribbon, thread a needle with 1⁄8-inch-wide ribbon. At each chalk mark, sew as shown through all layers, with the two raw ends on the spread’s back. Start quilting in the center of the spread and work your way out to the edges. To control the size of the spread as you sew, roll the ends and clip them into quilt clips.

For quick, easy quilting, try tack-quilting in a grid with ribbon.

Step 8: Knot the ribbon ends
Tie the ribbon ends on the back layer, as shown, to form a knot. Trim the ends to about 1 inch long.

Knot the ribbons to tack in place and create a quilt texture.

Step 9: Brush off the chalk with a toothbrush
With a clean toothbrush, brush off any remaining chalk marks.

Clean off the chalk lines with a toothbrush.


Photos by: Scott Phillips (except where noted)

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Comments (3)

rothkm writes: Umm, did you finish the quilt? As the last picture still looks unfinished. Did you bind it like a normal quilt would be or did you just sew around the edges leaving enough room to turn it outside in to finish it off?
Posted: 10:21 pm on September 18th
BLANCHED writes: It all sounds great.Do you have a picture of the finished product?
Posted: 9:30 am on October 23rd
Isabellas_Quilts writes: Beautiful Idea !!
Great cover up for when you need a color change In your bedroom. The days of bedding rules are out the window.
Now anything can be used as long as It matches and Is compatable with Intended useage. Mine would require regular machine washing. So I would have to look for fabrics that would withstand the washer and dryer. Great Idea !!
Posted: 11:22 pm on May 6th
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