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One of the many things I always keep an eye out for at thrift stores are bold-patterned vintage sheets. I also love a good vintage blanket
, and today I'm combining the two to show you how to make your own vintage sheet quilt--no quilting experience needed!
The main things you'll need to make your quilt are two vintage sheets (any size, mine were for a twin size blanket in the end), quilt batting (not shown), spray adhesive, a handful of safety pins, scissors, embroidery thread & needle, and a yardstick or something to measure with.
To begin, tape your bottom sheet layer facedown on the floor, pulling the sheet taught to reduce wrinkles (or you could go through the trouble of ironing first--I'm a lazy quilter).
You want to make a sandwich with your two sheets and batting in between. To keep them from moving, I used some readjustable adhesive spray on the back of the bottom layer, added the batting, then sprayed the top of the batting before adding the top sheet face up.
Once you have your layers all together (and you can add a few safety pins to help keep them in place), make a grid of dots where you'll be tying the layers together with your embroidery thread. I made mine 6 inches apart.
Next up bust out your thread and needle to tie and cut a million knots. This is the "quilting" part of the project. Traditional quilts require maneuvering the blanket through a sewing machine to sew all the layers together, but I'm keeping it simple with a tie quilt here.
After you tie all your knots, you need to finish the edges. I opted to bind them with the back sheet, so cut away the extra batting to reveal the fabric underneath and fold over the edges to the front and sew them down (you will want a sewing machine for this part). I found a really great tutorial on how to bind a quilt with the backing over at Cluck Cluck Sew
And now you have your finished quilt! Mine took me two days to make, and I'm sure you could make a marathon out of it and get yours done in a day (or take your time, too).
This is an easy way to make a quilt for any bed, but I am partial to picnics, too. And I love that it's reversible! Are you a quilter? Inspired to give it a try? I'd love to see your own vintage sheet quilts!
Be sure to check out my tutorial gallery for more fun how-tos!
Labels: quilting, sewing, thrifting, upcycle