How to Create a Bedcover from a Sheet and Tableclothcomments (3) March 27th, 2008
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 (Macys.com)
Backing sheet (Macys.com)
Warm & Natural batting (WarmCompany.com)
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 (Clotilde.com)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 9: Brush off the chalk with a toothbrush
With a clean toothbrush, brush off any remaining chalk marks.
Photos by: Scott Phillips (except where noted)
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