Thursday, May 06, 2010

Vintage Sheet Swap

I love vintage sheets! The first thing I do in thrift shops and good will is search the bedding racks for sheets, pillowcases, and towels. Some days it's hit or miss, but other days I hit a good vein. (I'm still waiting to hit a mother-load.) So many of us have the thrifting bug and how many of us have a few vintage sheets laying around? I know I do! And that can be a lot of fabric! Sometimes we don't know what to do with it all and sometimes we just want more variety. Using vintage sheets is a great way to recycle, re-purpose, and add some vintage flare to our sewing projects. I use mine for dresses, skirts, aprons, pillows, fabric balls, and more! The possibilities are endless and so much fun to contemplate. So, why don't we have a Vintage Sheet Swap!

Here's your to-do list:
  1. Leave a comment on this page by Friday, May 21st, letting me know you want to join in.
  2. Pick out a lovely twin (66x96) sheet (or larger if you want!), making sure there is no excessive fading or other blemishes that would make it undesirable to use.
  3. Cut the sheet into thirds (3 pieces 66"x 26" or there abouts and you may have a little left over)
  4. By June 1st, put as many sheet pieces as you want to trade in the mail to me, along with $$ to cover the cost of return postage. If you are International, please put your sheets in the mail as soon as possible so that they will be in the mix with all the other sheets and I can return them to you in a timely manner. I would appreciate it greatly if everyone would use the flat rate postal boxes. These boxes are free for the taking at the PO and that way you would know exactly how much postage to send for return postage. Here is a breakdown of the two sizes and prices with my estimate of how many sheet pieces you can fit in them that would be most convenient for our situation.
Size: sheet estimate: shipping price:

Priority Flat rate small box (8.75"x5.5"x1.75") 1-3 sheet piece $4.95
Priority Flat rate med. box (11"x8.5"x5.5") 4-8 sheet pieces $10.70

Here’s my to-do list:
  1. I will jump up and down with glee every time a new package comes in the mail and then I’ll add them to the pile and once all have been received (or most of all of them) I will redistribute them.
  2. I will mail back to you the same number of sheet pieces you sent me, but in different patterns and colors.

And then your to-do list again:
  1. Wait daily for the mail to come
  2. Jump up and down in delight when your new sheet pieces arrive in your mailbox
  3. Make yourself a whole bevy of new things with your new {vintage} fabrics!

I will send everyone that signs up an email on the 21st (or 22nd) with a few more details, like where to send the box and what to include in your box, etc, etc.
Sounds like fun! So sign up and then start thrifting!

10 comments: said...

Count me in! This is a fabulous idea, Fairlight. I will spread the word...and keep hunting!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to jump up and down. :)
I'm in, too.

Wendy said...

I'm in, I'm in....*giddy with excitement*

Deborah said...

I'm excited,sign me up...

Anonymous said...

Nice post ~ 3Q..............................................................

Chelle said...

I still have to come up with some sheets but I am going to have faith that I will find a couple and sign myself up for this very lovely swap.


Shari said...

I'm in!

Annie said...

Wow, I love Vintage Sheets - please count me in!!!

Cottage Mommy said...

Is it too late? Is it too late? I've collected a mass of vintage sheets for Farm Chicks that I have been planning to make pillow covers with but I really don't think I will get to using all of it...let me know! said...

got my sheets yesterday. they are so so lovely. what a great swap. can't wait to get crafting!

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