I have been in a few vintage sheet swaps. Scouring thrift stores and estate sales for beautiful sheets is an adventure. Sometimes you score big and other times you leave with nothing.
The trouble with vintage sheets, they take up much space! I used to keep these in a drawer with the rest of my fabrics. Then it grew to taking the whole drawer, and then I had to take them out of the drawer, they are overflowing. They now reside in a box. It is great to be able to take one sheet, cut it into fat quarters, and then swap it for variety with others. But then you are left with half a vintage sheet, that you can no longer swap with those same people.
Fat quarters are perfectly managable in their variety and I highly recommend buying them that way if you can afford it. I refuse to pay an over inflated price for fat quarter sheets, knowing that one sheet probably only cost the seller $5 or less. And they are making very good return on their investment, with people like me, who work all the time, and do not get to frequent estate sales, so they pick the sales clean, to pass on the cost of the whole sheet, plus a large finders fee. Again I refuse, I would rather put that money towards something else.
So what do you do with the left over pieces? May quilts can be made from them. It would take me years to acheive that feat, and by then I will have acquired more. So the other day while making a toothbrush rug from my stash, I realized it takes oodles of fabric for this project. Why not use this same technique on the vintage sheets? Same with grain rips, same amish knots, same modified toothbrush, different media of fabric.
I must say after working with fabric that had sizing in it vs working with vintage sheets, I opt for vintage sheet rug making hands down. The sheets, even though most of them are 50/50 in fiber content, they have been washed many times and have a softness which is passed through every weaving stitch in the rug I made. I will make more, but decided to make this one with some of my yellows. My next one may be green, and then I will make a blue one, and my box will be then ready for the next thrift store find.
So instead of a rug costing $75 dollars to make with bargain fabrics (and quality cottons that would be better suited for a quilt), I can now weave a large rug, and my logic…..it will cost me less than $10 no matter what size I make it. Logic equals cents! HAHA
So a week ago, this was the start.
And this is at its full sized destiny! Out of all the rugs I have made, this is a favorite, so soft. The color also adds to the softness if that makes any sense.
If you would like to learn how to make a toothbrush rug, I have included the instructions and video tutorials I have come across on the world wide web. Lots of great helps and aids out there on this. Please visit my previous blog post for all those details if you are interested.
I would like to also talk about the jelly roll rug that I made, just briefly. You know social media is a wonderful thing. Ladies purchase the pattern and then talk about it, giving away all the hints in the pattern to make the rug easily done without the purchase of the pattern. I came across a video that can help you make a rug like this.
The way she talks about it, it will be a tedious project that she finished in two days, or a weekend. So perhaps I will make another one, with her tips that she left out of the bag. If you are interested in the video I am talking about, click here. I fathom that video may be taken down…..we shall see. Here are some of my tips for jelly roll rug making.
Now it will be another weekend prepping for the workshop I am giving in July. I worked all weekend drawing patterns by hand, and cutting insulbrite and aluminized cotton. Today I will be cutting batting and it should not take long. It will be an iron caddy workshop. If you are interested in how to make one of these:
I hope I will get to sew. The last time I sewed was the jelly roll rug, which was two weeks ago. I am finding kitting things up for a workshop, not only is a time succubus, but a space one as well.
Have a great weekend!