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Vintage Sheets

January 13, 2011

This morning I’ve been a thrifting. I mean, this is hardly different than a lot of mornings.  But I found some really great things today.  Things to add to current collections of great things.  No typewriters or Pyrex, but some more vintage goodness.

Vintage Sheets

After a few new additions, this is my current vintage sheet collection.  All of them have been purchased at one of the few thrift store’s on my route.  I have a few other sets, and they were cute fabric, so they came home with me, but they aren’t vintage.  I think I might have obsessive compulsive disorder.  I see something I like, and then I must have it in every single color.  Sigh, it’s wonderful, isn’t it?

Vintage Florals

And now that I have a large rubbermaid tote full of sheets, it’s about time I figure out what I am going to do with them all.  I mean, you know, before they start taking over my house.

Vintage Pinks

The pinks are of course my favorites.  The one in the bottom center was my first ever vintage sheet purchase, and it is still one of my favorites.

Vintage Yellows

I’m considering cutting them up and selling them as fat quarters in an etsy shop.  But that’s still  a few months from being a reality.  Creamie has officially stopped napping all together. (Except she is asleep right now.  Horray!)  And I need some time to adjust to our new normal before I start any more big projects.

Vintage Strawberries

The strawberries on the left I found on etsy, it was just too cute to let get away from me.  My mom has a set of strawberry dishes and these two strawberry sheets remind me so much of her.

Vintage Green and Blue

I clearly need more greens and blues.  I found both of these stripes today, but now I’m on the lookout for more cool colored sheets.  Of course, let’s be honest, I’m going to buy pretty much any color I find in good condition.  See, I’m obsessive like that.

Vintage Sheet Quilt Back

This was also a great find from today.  It’s a queen sized flat sheet in excellent condition.  For $3. When I got it home and laid it out on the floor I realized that it would be the perfect backing for a quilt.

Vintage Sheets Pile

Now I just need to get up the courage to cut into these babies to make the front.  It’s going to take a while for that to happen.  And I think I’ll need to find some solids to break up all those patterns.  But vintage sheet quilt is now added to me 2011 To Sew list.  You know, along with a gillion other projects.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Linsey permalink
    January 13, 2011 3:01 pm


  2. betsy permalink
    January 13, 2011 3:07 pm

    i love them all. and they look so perfect all together! i miss you. and thrifting. next week can we get together, PLEASE? xoxo

  3. Paige permalink
    January 13, 2011 3:21 pm

    Love ’em all.

    But what’s so funny is that I remember those sheets from my childhood… they’re ‘vintage’? LOL
    My mom has/had 2 or 3 sets of these when I was growing up.

  4. January 13, 2011 4:11 pm

    those are great finds! 🙂 nice work… again… 🙂

  5. Aimee permalink
    January 13, 2011 4:14 pm

    When my daughter was a baby, I liked baby quilts made out of fabrics that looked like “vintage sheets”.

  6. January 13, 2011 4:21 pm

    I love them! I collect them too. I make cute little summer dresses for my girls out of them. I can’t wait to see what you do with them. 🙂

  7. January 13, 2011 4:23 pm

    I LOVE the pink fabrics, too! My sister’s baby quilt made by my grandma was actually the fabric with the multicolored pink yellow green and blue blocks. I think you need to do some quilting and make some cute sundresses for Creamie… That will fit once it gets warmer. If your into it, I bet you could even make a cute matching mom and daughter ensemble with some of the fabric. Well, those are my ideas at least. Good luck! You got some great finds.

  8. January 13, 2011 4:40 pm

    I recognize some of the sheets I have in my collection, in your stack!

  9. January 13, 2011 5:43 pm

    We had those green striped sheets in my house!!! I cannot allow myself another collection. I cannot.

  10. January 13, 2011 5:50 pm

    Oh, how I love the stripes! and the florals, of course, but I’m just drawn to stripes. Someday you should show me how thrifting is done.

  11. January 13, 2011 6:04 pm

    Maybe I’ll just raid my mom’s linen cupboard next time I’m home. I know she’ll thank me for it.

  12. Peg permalink
    January 13, 2011 6:04 pm

    OMG — My heart lurched at the first picture. One of those, um, vintage (?!?) sheets is identical to a set I had when I was first married. Now I’m freaking out at the thought of being “vintage” myself. ACK! How could/did that happen?!? Further inspection revealed a couple of other sheets identical to ones I owned as a young mother.

    Seriously, I love love love that you’re interested in quilting, sewing, crafting … all of it. You have a fabulous eye for color — but you probably know that. And it make my heart sing to see you rescuing the things some of us loved when they were new, but then discarded at some point for whatever reason. (In my case, anything I ever discarded was only under GREAT duress, believe me. LOL.)

    Anyway, it’s thrilling for me to see/meet young women who like to make things with their hands & heart. Some of us “vintage” people worry that the love of all things creative and crafty might die out with the baby boomers, and it’s so nice to know that’s not the case. 🙂

  13. January 13, 2011 8:01 pm

    I have to admit that the small vine with milti color flowers was on my bed as a child…. does that make me vintage?

  14. Susan Coonan permalink
    January 13, 2011 9:37 pm

    I can’t help but ask the obvious question; Why not use them on your beds? The sheets are beautiful and would be a dream to fall a sleep between and a gift to wake up under.
    Because I am a girl of function and “using what I have”, why not cut up a few and make pillow shams (the front from one, the back from another and a ruffle along the 4 sides from yet another) and/or duvet covers?

    I love your ideas and look forward to learning more!


    • January 13, 2011 10:34 pm

      I think Scott would rather die than sleep in floral sheets! Though if I wasn’t taking his preferences into consideration I’d totally put theses pretties into rotation on my bed. We compromised on a botanical leafy/manly fabric a few years ago when I made our duvet cover and shams. That was before I knew about vintage sheets, otherwise I might not have given in so easily and he’d be sleeping in pretty pink and yellow flowers. Ha!

  15. January 14, 2011 11:36 am

    Ooh! I think you’ll have me looking at the sheets when I go thrifting from now on 😀

  16. January 14, 2011 12:07 pm

    so pretty! I have a couple of those same patterns from my granny. Most have been cut up into quilting squares. Now I just have to learn to quilt!

  17. January 14, 2011 12:51 pm

    OH I’m jealous! These would all make such cute quilts. What a great variety you’ve stocked up on.

  18. January 14, 2011 2:59 pm

    They look so pretty stacked up together. Looks like you have a great collection. My favourite is the strawberry one you bought on Etsy.

  19. January 14, 2011 6:15 pm

    Yes, Yes, Yes, sell them!!!!! Sell them all, but let me have first dibs!

    I have to admit, when your friend Susan said you should put them on your bed, I shouted at my computer, “No! Don’t do it!,” and then I saw Scott saved the day by not wanting to sleep on floral sheets. Whew. I can breathe again. You’re collection is total drool-worthy, and really, when you want to sell, call me. No Kidding!!!

    Here’s one of the things I’m making-

  20. January 14, 2011 6:23 pm

    (wiping drool from chin) I really so so so like your sheet collection. What a great eye you have! Just seeing them stacked together screams QUILT QUILT QUILT. What a gorgeous one it will be. I just went to the thrift store today to let the girls buy something with their hard-won tooth fairy money, and of course I saw 7 yards of beautiful blue on white swiss dot. I ask you. For 7 dollars. I had a small twinge of guilt as I bought it. I JUST cleaned out my craft room.

  21. January 14, 2011 6:29 pm

    My fingers were twitching, so I just ran over to etsy and bought a vintage sheet fat quarter bundle… none as cute as your collection, though:-)

  22. michele mcnally permalink
    January 14, 2011 9:26 pm

    I had the patchwork sheet and the blue & white striped one in the pic above it. Now I’m vintage. Great. Now I know what to do w’ old sheets. Great! Think Mom might have a few salvaged from Ike that are 60’s/70’s. Check w/her.

  23. January 15, 2011 11:53 am

    I totally have a large pillow case with those big yellow stripes!! I love old pillow cases – they’re soft and broken in.

  24. January 16, 2011 11:05 am


    Sixth picture down (the greens/blues section): my mom had that print in the bottom right corner, the floral one. She had king size waterbed sheets, plus the comforter and she bought extra sheets to make little valances for her windows. I think the valances might still be up. But I could be wrong. She LOVED that print. She uses the waterbed sheets on the futon now — makes tucking them in easier. Oh, and I’m pretty sure she still has those green and white striped ones next to the floral print.

    So, what does this say about me? If sheets that I have used in my lifetime are now vintage, does that make me vintage too?

    xo -El

  25. January 16, 2011 11:07 am

    P.S. Somewhere in my blog travels, I saw the most beautiful log cabin quilt done with vintage sheets. No solids involved — just straight vintage sheets. I’ll see if I can find it and link you to it.

    • January 16, 2011 11:18 am

      OK, I’m back. I found it: Wonky Log Cabin Vintage Sheet Quilt top, and here it is finished. You may have already seen this, though, because while I was flipping through Dee’s blog, I saw you’d sent her your adorable orange polka-dotted pumpkin. Oh, and I lied. There were solids in the quilt.

      Hopefully this is helpful, rather than pushy. Whatever you come up with for your sheets will be fabulous.

      xo -El


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