The Terrific Things To Sew!
woo! Are you ready for this mass of things to sew from old vintage bed sheets?!
I must confess that this first image is from Homes and Antiques Magazine in 2012 and is not a tutorial but it’s perfect for inspiration! It’s easy to see why I was obsessed by vintage sheets when I had my Etsy store back in the day (now only for Planner Printables).
I loved making things with vintage sheets and even though I did sell a lot of them off, I still have a great collection and plenty of ideas!
This is the best place to stock up on Vintage Sheets! But you can find several different fat quarter packs here. You can also find some stunning single, full sized sheets by perusing these pages.
Vintage Sheet Apron Tutorial – Perfect Sewing Project For Beginners
I really like this apron pattern. The fabulously talented lady behind Vintage Sheets Blog did a great job with this apron!
DIY Lampshade Cover
I’m always afraid to cover a lampshade with fabric as I’m scared of fire hazards but if I could get a fire-retardant spray or something I would definitely do this.
I must check if you could do it from a pillowcase. That would be very useful indeed! I had a fat quarter of this actual fabric from America that I love and have just cut into patchwork squares.
Loads Of Things To Sew From Vintage Sheets
Oh wow. I love all of these fabulous ideas of vintage sheet patchwork projects, lots of inspiration I suppose as you could really make anything you wanted including little fabric boxes or simple things like wee pouches and pencil cases.
I love all these pillows! Visit In Colour Order for a vintage sheet cushion tutorial.
Vintage Sheet Quilt
The pattern on this quilt is absolutely beautiful. Visit
I Just Might Explode for more information. Love those sheets. I’m not sure if I like the large pieces… an easier option than cutting up lots of squares and stitching them together but the patterns are gorgeous.
A Super Simple Sewing Machine Cover
Another one of those super easy things to sew that is a perfect beginner sewing project!
Candance Todd has offered lots of lovely tutorials on her blog – the sewing machine cover above and the lovely ruffle aprons below.
Mini Aprons For Girls
I like the little girls option, smaller is usually always cuter right?!
Nap Time Mat
A nap time mat! For kids? um…. cute or what! Make a giant one for me :p I really like the pattern. I’ve included this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew because friends of mine are having babies left, right and centre so this would be a lovely idea for a ‘crawling mat’.
A Big A-Frame Tent – Not On Of The Things To Sew But It’s An Awesome DIY
Awesome! I would have loved a tent like this when I was growing up! Although I did have one of those plastic Wendy houses. I got very tall very quickly though so I grew out of it pretty fast which was pants. I want a tent now! You can view this tutorial over at My Cakies Blog.
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Things To Sew With Vintage Sheets – Pillowcases
These decorative cushions are a lovely idea and I love the band across the front. Excellent idea and tutorial via Simply Feather blog.
Gorgeous Vintage Sheet Ties
I know someone who would love a tie collection like this! This isn’t a tutorial for making ties, simply a great collection from a wedding! Via the user Kitsch Cafe on Flickr.
Vintage Sheet Scrappy Garland
This is another excellent idea for me to make use of the fabric remnants I have ^_^ again, not a tutorial but an image from
Eco Footprints blog of this pretty vintage fabric bunting!
Another Awesome DIY Project
Such a beautiful bedroom in the vintage style ^_^ I love it! And the little crochet garlands from Boo and The Boy.
Another Perfect One Of Those Things To Sew For Beginners
Vintage sheet napkins or coasters from Design Sponge. A lovely idea! If I were to make these I would do that trick with Silicone sealant to make them waterproof.
The Easiest DIY Project
You could pretty up your office file folders with some mod podge and a fat quarter! I love this tutorial from Design Sponge, what a great way to stay organised if you still use paper files.
Super Simple Cupboard Curtains
OhDottie I love yoooou… such lovely little cupboard curtains!
Gorgeous Patchwork Cushions
and these!! I love these so much. These fabulous curtains were made by the beautiful Maggie and Sparrow. I attempted to create these for my wee crafty room but it made the room so dark because it’s on the shadowed side of the house. I might just put them up when it’s cold and dark outside!
Insanely Simple DIY Lace Window Screens
This is a brilliant idea for warm weather to keep the flies out! Some lace screens for your window. From 365 Slojd
Perfect Patchwork Awning
Patchwork awning?! A cover for a bed?! I love the mix of fabrics. Beautiful and very homemade by Amanda Made. I love it.
If you don’t have any vintage sheets to cut up but are desperate to find some, I have curated a big list of my favourite fabrics on Etsy!
Now let’s recap that list of awesome things to sew!
- Yoyo cushions
- Pillowcase turned apron
- Lampshade cover
- Patchwork Coasters
- Triangle Bunting
- Box Bag
- Patchwork Napkins
- Patchwork Blanket
- Elastic waist skirt
- Patchwork Tote Bag
- Patchwork Blanket
- Wrapped wire hangers
- Patchwork Cushion Covers
- Patchwork duvet cover
- Sewing Machine Cover
- Tiered ruffle apron
- Pull out nap time bed
- A-Frame Tent
- Decorative pillowcases (using patchwork style methods)
- Men’s Ties
- Rectangle/Scrappy Bunting
- Used as decor in a vintage window frame
- Block Fabric Napkins
- Decoupage file folders
- Cupboard ‘door’ curtains
- Patchwork curtains
- Window Screens
- Bed Canopy
Can you think of any more potential projects? Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @hearthandmadeuk