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5 Easy Ways to Decorate with Sheets

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Want a custom, coordinated look that is inexpensive?  Use 
bedsheets.  Yep, the same sheets you cuddle under at night can 
turn a bedroom from boring to stunning. A designer look at 
Walmart prices.

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5 Easy Ways to Decorate with Sheets
Copyright © 2006 Julie Lohmeier
My Home Redux

Want a custom, coordinated look that is inexpensive?  Use 
bedsheets.  Yep, the same sheets you cuddle under at night can 
turn a bedroom from boring to stunning. A designer look at 
Walmart prices.

To coordinate with your bed, just buy extra sheet sets. Use them 
to make pillows, drapes, dust ruffles, round table covers and 


Buy pillow forms at any sewing or craft store. Measure the 
dimensions. Cut two pieces from your sheets with these 
dimensions. Sew seams around the sides (or use Stitch Witchery(r) 
and a hot iron), remembering to sew with right sides together. 
Leave half of one side for a square or rectangle pillow or 1/6 of 
the circumference of a round pillow open. Turn inside out. Stuff 
your pillow form into the pillow casing.  Stitch the opening 
closed by hand.

For extra pizzazz, use piping, trims, or beads in the seam.


Swags are the easiest to make. Simply cut one width of the sheet 
about 24" - 48" tall - depending on how much fullness you want -
whatever is left to hang on the sides will have to do. Hem both 
top and bottom by rolling 1", folding in half, and stitching near 
the second fold.

If you have wide window or you wish to have the swag fall further 
down the side of the window, you'll need to do a bit more work, 
but it's still fairly easy. Measure your window width. Determine 
how long you want the swag to hang down the sides, then double 
this measurement. Add it to your width measurement. Add another 
6" - 12" to allow soft draping across the top. Measure the width 
of your sheet. Compare it to the measurements you made previously 
of your window. If your sheet is 54" wide but you want a swag 
that's 100" wide, you'll need to essentially cut two widths. Cut 
any extra widths as needed. The key for swags, if you need more 
than one width, is that you don't want a seam in the center. 
Instead, you'll want the full width of the window in one piece, 
then seam together the side pieces at the ends of this center 
piece.  When you piece together patterns, try to match up the 
patterns between pieces. This may mean you need to cut your 
widths at different points across the sheet.

Hang the swag over a pole or in swag holders.

You can also sew a valance and panels. A gathered valance is 
easy. Measure your window width. You'll want to cut widths from 
your sheet that is 50% to 100% wider than the window, seam 
together, matching patterns. So if your window is 40", you'll 
want your curtain to be 60" - 80" wide. You can sew together as 
many widths as you need as long as you match your pattern. 
Decide the height of the valance. 15" -18" is standard so make 
the height that you cut from the sheet 40" - 44". If you want a 
small ruffle above the valance add 2" -  4" to the total above. 
Sew multiple widths together, right sides facing each other. Sew 
the top and bottom ends together with right sides facing each 
other. Turn inside out and straighten.  From the top seam, line 
pins 1" - 2" down from the top. Stitch along this line to create 
your ruffle. Then measure down 3-1/2" and mark with pins. Stitch 
along this line to create your rod pocket.  Put your curtain on 
the rod and hang.

Panels are done much the same way. Measure the length you want 
the panel to hang. Add 4-1/2" to the length. Add an additional 2" 
- 4" if you want a ruffle at the top.  Cut this length out of the 
LONG part of your sheet. You'll probably want two panels. You'll 
need each panel to be 50-100% more than half of the window width. 
That means that two panels together will also be 50-100% of your 
window width.  You may be able to cut two panels from one sheet 
or you may need two sheets.

Ideally, you would make a full 3" hem (add 4" extra inches to 
your length measurement above if you do this hem), but for 
simplicity just make a simple shirt-tail hem at the bottom by 
marking 1" off the bottom. Then turn half of this under. Stitch 
near the top of rolled over fabric. On the top, fold down 4-1/2" 
from the top (5-1/2" to 6-1/2" if you want a ruffle). Of this 
folded over fabric, turn 1" under. Stitch near the bottom where 
you folded the extra material underneath. From the very top of 
the panel, measure 1" - 2" (based on the size ruffle you wanted) 
and line pins. Stitch along this line to create your ruffle and 
your rod pocket. Put your panels on the rod.

Dust Ruffle

Take a plain sheet and lay it over your box springs. Mark around 
it 1/2" to 1" (5/8" is the standard seam width) bigger than the 
box springs on all four sides. Cut this out and make a shirt tail 
hem along one short side. Cut 9" tall widths from your sheet 
(you'll need the height of your bed plus 1" if your bed is higher 
than standard).  You'll need enough widths to go around two long 
sides and one short sides of the box springs cover you just cut. 
Stitch these widths together with rights sides facing each other. 
It is best to gather these widths onto to the box springs cover. 
To do so, you'll want your total width of the cut sheet lengths 
to be 25% longer than the total measurements of the two long 
sides and one short side.  Make a shirt-tail hem rolling up 1" 
from the bottom of each sheet length, turning it under at 1/2" 
and then stitching near the end of the fold. Pin the cut sheet 
lengths to the box springs cover, gathering as you go. Again, 
you'll want right sides of the fabric together as you sew. Flip 
over when done. Place on the bed. The short side with no dust 
ruffle goes against the head of the bed.

Round Table Cover

Make a circle wide enough to cover the table down to the floor. 
Measure from the floor on one side of the table, across the 
center of the table to floor on the other side. Add 2". This is 
your diameter. Make a circle with this diameter. Make a shirt-
tail hem rolling 1" from the edge in half and then sewing down 
near the fold.  Voila. You're done.


You can also make matching blinds using sheets, fusible 
interfacing, and Stitch Witchery(r) - no sewing. Buy a shade the 
proper width for your window. Cut the fusible interfacing the 
same width shade. For length make it the height of the window 
plus 10-12 inches.  Measure and cut your fabric to be 1-1/4 inch 
wider than the fusible interfacing. Center the fabric over the 
interfacing and iron according to the directions. Turn under the 
ends on both side and iron down with Stitch Witchery(r).  Fold 
up 2 inches from the bottom for your shade pull and affix with 
Stitch Witchery(r).  Remove the original shade and staple your 
new designer shade to cardboard pole. Be sure to hang on the 
proper side so that when you put it up the right side is showing. 
Hang your shade on the shade hardware.

These directions may seem harder than they actually are, but with 
an hour or two and some matching and coordinating sheets, you can 
decorate an entire bedroom.

Julie Lohmeier is the veteran of numerous home remodeling and 
building projects.  From working hands on and doing much of the 
work herself to hiring contractors and construction managers, 
she has seen the entire spectrum of home improvement.  She 
shares her remodeling tips, home decorating ideas, and other 
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