As a kid I always dreaded when company came because it meant I had to have the deer sheets on my bed. It wasn’t the pattern, I mean I liked sleeping on top of the forest and cute little deer just fine. No, it was because the deer sheets were in the bottom of the linen closet. The oldest, most worn out sheets in the house, and invariably I would stick my foot through the worn out spot and have nightmares that monsters were eating me through the bed. I should have taken a minute to learn how to mend a sheet, and not worry about those holey deer!
One weekend my mother in law came for a visit and I had a moment of panic because the kids put a hole in my extra sheets and it was like the deer sheets all over again. However my mother in law’s train was late and I had a few extra minutes while the baby was napping and was able to patch the sheet adequately enough that I slept quite soundly all weekend. If you get in a jam, don’t stress, here’s how to mend a sheet!
How To Mend A Sheet
- Stitch together the hole so the it doesn’t expand while you work. If it is a very large hole you may have better results darning, which is essentially creating a new fabric. (I did a very poor job of darning the second smaller hole pictured).
- Cut your patch out large enough that it covers the entire hole, plus enough to fold under.
- Fold the edge under to prevent fraying and pin into place.
- Do a running stitch around the edge of the patch
- Repeat the process on the other side of the hole.
Ta da! No scary bed monster can eat your feet now! Knowing how to mend a sheet is a useful skill to have, even if you don’t use it very often.
Ways to Use Old Sheets
Chances are you will likely be replacing these sheets soon, so here are some ideas on what to do with old sheets.
- A fort for your kids
- Donate to animal shelter
- Beach blanket
- Car seat protector for said beach trip 😉
- Make napkins
- Sew doll clothes with the kids!
- Make a draw string bag (Or a BIG one for a laundry bag).
- Teach your kids to sew by having them make stuff!
- Make a rag rug
- Fold for the top of the dyer to make your own ironing board
- Make a hammock
- Cut them into halves or quarters, put a hole in the center of each one, and use them to clothes while painting, or just as drop cloths when painting.
- Use for quilt backing. I have a cute denim quilt made from old jeans, the batting is an old blanket, and it has a sheet as the backing. It’s super warm; I love that thing!
- Make bean bags.
- Use in a Halloween costume. Mummy or ghost for the win!
- Camp bedding or sleeping bag liner
- Cut up and use in your goat birthing kit
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