Sheet success

Sheets not only make the bed, but make the room as well. Fabulous patterns, wide widths, and high-quality fabrics make sheets a perfect tool for decorating. Fabric glues, fusible tapes, and short-cut sewing techniques make the projects more achievable.

Give it the slip. Update almost any headboard with a slipcover made of sheets. You’ll need one flat sheet that’s the same size as the bed-twin, double, queen, or king.

Make a pattern by taping paper onto your headboard and tracing around it. The pattern should extend to the bed rails. Add 1 inch all the way around (12 inch for seam allowances, 1/2 inch for ease of fitting), then cut out two pieces. Baste piping to the right side of one piece along the seam line. Sew the pieces together, right sides facing.

Clip any curves and layer the seam allowances. Narrowly hem the bottom edge. Slide the slipcover over the headboard.

For rail-type headboards that have expanses of open space, you’ll need fabric with a bit of stiffness. Choose sheets with a high thread count. For extra stiffness, iron fusible interfacing or fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric before sewing the pieces together.

Seamless coverup. Tablecloths cut from standard yard goods require a seam or two because of the fabric’s narrow width. Sheets come wide enough to eliminate the seam, letting the cloth lay smooth and flat. Generally, sheets are made in the following standard sizes, so use these measurements as a guideline for choosing the proper sheet for your project: twin, 71xl10 inches; full, 87×110 inches; queen, 95×118 inches; king, 108×120 inches.

Cut the fabric 2 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the desired size. Turn under all edges 4 inch, then 3/4 inch, and hem by machine or with fusible hemming tape. Iron on a border of 1 2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon, aligning the edge of the ribbon with the edge of the hem. If fusible hemming tape isn’t available in the width of your ribbon, combine two narrow strips or cut strips from yardage of paper-backed fusible webbing. Corners can butt, lap, or miterwhichever works best for your ribbon weight and pattern.

Bulletin.. no boredom. Perk up one of your home’s more mundane necessities-the bulletin board. Sound board (you’ll find it at home improvement centers) covered with sheeting and trimmed with ribbon provides a colorful background. For this 32×36-inch board, use one twin sheet. For smaller types, use a pillowcase or crib sheet.

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