Sheets. It’s easy to take them for granted, and it’s difficult to find new ones you love.
So of course, while I was already having a rough patch in my life, all my sheets decided to quit.
First was the sheet that tore itself a new one– literally– as I sat down on the bed.
Then came the sheet that Robert couldn’t get comfortable underneath himself in the middle of the night, so he tried to smooth it out and ended up with the sheet significantly more out (and less smooth) than he was expecting.
Last was a sheet I was folding to put away when I noticed an inconspicuous bit of– something– that wouldn’t brush off and turned out to be a dime-sized hole. With a neighboring smaller hole.
Which left us with– hang on, let me count– ONE sheet.
For the bed at least three people share every night.
Obviously that wouldn’t work.
And you can’t easily mend something that, once you look at it in the unflinching light of day, seems to be a whisper-thin suggestion of a textile grid arranged artistically around several tiny holes rather than the sturdy cotton fabric you would have sworn it to be.
So I started to think about new sheets. Believe it or not, sheeting tends to be expensive, and being a more experienced, more confident seamstress now than I was the last time we needed new sheets, I *really* wanted to make our own. After all, finding storebought sheets I like is a monumental and expensive undertaking in itself.
And, of course, being a bit of a fiber snob, I was desperately craving linen sheets. To my minimalist mindset, buying new sheets every 6-7 years seemed ludicrous.
But then, luckily, I discovered a way to avoid buying any new sheets– or sheeting– for a few years more.
Because, as it turns out, the sheets that quit had been part of sheet sets, with matching flat sheets we hadn’t used in the years since we bought a duvet, and I had sensibly failed to discard the flat sheets.
So now I’m stripping the elastic out of the old fitted sheets, and taking a pattern from them to cut and sew the flat sheets into fitted sheets.
And the best part?
I’m pretty sure I can just use existing hems as a channel for my elastic.