How do I use sheets for home decor projects?

Use sheets anywhere in the home–not just the bedroom. They make colorful seat covers, place mats, table runners, window treatments, decorative pillows, padded headboards, table skirts and more.

Sheets usually offer a large fabric piece at a lower price than purchasing fabric by the yard. (Wait for white sales for even more savings.) When substituting flat sheets for 54″-wide fabric, use the following yardage estimates.
Sheet Size Approximate Yardage
Twin 3 1/8 yards
Full 3 7/8 yards
Queen 4 1/2 yards
King 5 3/8 yards

This translates into a real time saver because projects don’t require side hems. Some sheets feature scalloped or trimmed edges and borders that can add extra design interest if the project is planned around them.

Washing the sheets before making the project is optional; washing removes the sheen and sizing. However, do prewash the sheets if the finished item will be laundered regularly. To remove packaging creases from new sheets, place them in the dryer with a wet wash cloth and tumble on low heat for at least 30 minutes. Most wrinkles and creases should disappear, and only a light pressing is needed.

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