5 Ways to Use Vintage Sheets

Everything vintage is so cool right now.  And it’s safe to say that most of us crafty, DIY-lovin’ gals love to save our pennies, too.  So I’m pretty excited to announce you can get that trendy vintage look and save a bundle on craft supplies by using old sheets as fabric.  Depending on the size of sheet that you have, you can get anywhere from 2-4 yards of sturdy cotton fabric in colorful, retro patterns when you come across old linens.  Easy to find at garage sales and thrift shops for ridiculously low prices, this means you can get a great quantity of fun fabric for less than you would at the local fabric shop–and in patterns and colors that will rock your vintage-loving world.  Even solid-color sheets can be cut up and added to your fabric stash, but today I want to show you all the fun you can have decorating with the printed versions, with these 5 Ways to Use Vintage Sheets.

1.  Decorate a Door

This easy, no-sew project comes from Primitive and Proper, where Cassie turned old sheets into a pretty wreath for her door.   Aren’t those pastels perfect for welcoming warm weather?

2.  Decorate a Wall

At Diary of a Quilter, Amy turned her vintage finds into art.   Framing swatches cut from colorful sheets in embroidery hoops–also found at thrift stores–gave Amy a color-filled wall display for her craft room.  Love those colors!

3.  Decorate a Party

For a baby shower she planned, Kirsten crafted party favors that doubled as decor from vintage linens.  She shows you how she made these fabric flower pins and created a darling display out of them at Kojo Designs.

4.  Decorate a Window

 At A Pretty Cool Life, Cheryl has a big stash of collected linens that she’s always using to make amazing things.  These curtains–inexpensive panels that she dressed up by trimming them with fabric from patterned sheets–are gorgeous.

5.  Decorate Furniture

This idea from Under Construction has to be one of the most creative uses for old sheets that I’ve come across.   Melissa mod podged the fabric from her vintage sheet stash onto a dresser.  Isn’t that amazing?

Speaking of decoupage, don’t forget this week’s giveaway from Mod Podge Rocks.  And I would love to hear about any projects you’ve done using sheets as fabric.

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  1. Lovely ideas, thanks for sharing with us all. It’s great to make some use of all those old bed sheets.

    All things nice…

  2. Love these ideas! Now to find the vintage sheets 🙂

  3. Great projects…..I’ll have to hunt a dresser that I can put fabric on! 😉

  4. I Love this Post! I use Vintage Sheets a lot, and the Flannel ones are great for Pajamas and Nightgowns for the Winter for Grandchildren. Thanks for sharing!!


  5. Well, Nancy thought of this first, but I felt so clever last weekend when I sewed up three loose and floaty nightgowns for myself from old sheets! I love them! At 48, it appears that I have officially entered the “house dress” phase!

  6. i am drooling over that dresser! and going to pin these ideas- i am a vintage sheet junky. thank you SO much for the shout out with the wreath! we just got back from a wedding in NC and what a nice surprise!

  7. Great ideas! I love to pick up vintage sheets and use them.
    Here’s one tutorial I created: upcycled circle skirt from a vintage sheet. http://ninthstreetnotions.com/2012/05/upcycled-circle-skirt-tutorial.html

  8. I had to chuckle when I saw the wreath from sheets because I have a set of sheets that match it and another set that has the same print just more 70’s colors such as avocado, orange and school bus yellow!

  9. I just used vintage sheets that I thrifted for our youngest daughter’s crib bedding! Old bedskirt layered underneath a vintage sheet repurposed as a bedskirt and vintage sheets repurposed into the crib bumper. It turned out so happy looking! I did blog about it if you want to see 🙂 http://refeathered.com/thrifted-colorful-vintage-nursery-part-one/

  10. Thanks for including my curtains! xoxo

  11. Paintergurl says:

    Love this post 🙂 and the funny thing is I recognize 2 of the sheet patterns from when I was a child 🙂

  12. The sheets used for the door wreath are the same ones we bought back in 1976. It seems to me that we bought those sheets from Sears. Back then, we could buy sets or singles, so I was able to buy extra sheets for matching curtain valances over white eyelet curtain panels. My sister-in-law used my leftovers; she picked up the soft green in the sheets and created a beautiful patchwork comforter for us. That was the prettiest, sweetest little bedroom ever. Hubby and I loved the freshness of it all. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  13. Ann/alba says:

    I love these, really like the circles on the wall , The sheers are divine
    & yes Modpodge ROCKS,.
    have a ggod one Ann/alba


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