Is anyone looking for ideas to help with their stash busting? Anyone doing a stash busting report on Judy Laquidera's blog? How about this one for great stash busting? Make sheet sets. It's a great way to use large amounts of fabric. If you decide later on that you really want the fabric for a quilt you can simply cut up the sheets and make a new sheet set from something else.
It was after type-talking the other day about how my grandmother used to make her own sheets that it occurred to me, I can do the same thing. Well, actually, I could have done this many years ago and didn't. I always felt my quilting stash was just for quilts. I would buy other fabric for other stuff. I think much differently these days. My quilt fabric does absolutely nothing just sitting on a shelf or in a box or in a bag. It's better to make use of it. Then when it's done it's work for a while, the fabric can be cut up to become quilts..... just like women did in the older days.
The white fabric in the picture is actually pieces for my window quilts that I'm finally getting around to replacing. The cream color fabric will be my sheets and pillow cases. The burgundy fabric and the leaf fabric will be the trim. I plan to make some sheet sets from more colorful fabrics too. I just happened to have more of these fabrics than anything else right now.
I used white fabric for the window quilts so I have the option to dye them later if I want. My sheets will be flat instead of fitted. I could make fitted because I do have a quantity of elastic. I prefer to make the flat because they are easier to fold and store than the fitted ones. Flat is also easier to use for quilts later. I'll use hospital corner folds when putting the sheets on the beds.
I plan on using my fabric stash for other things too. Lots of other things! You'll see it right here on this blog as I get more done.