Been awhile. How’ve you been? I think of you often. 🙂
Katherine Tilton has done a lovely guest post on Marcy Tilton’s website about making linen sheets. This is so serendipitous for me because I had just finished a linen flat sheet for our bed a few days ago, and am planning to make the fitted sheet this week. Katherine has really laid it out so clearly what to do – I’m definitely gonna follow her guidance. But…I have a wee problem. Ok it’s not a big problem or even a real problem; it’s a 1st world problem like……
One of my lifelong pet peeves has to do with putting the fitted sheet on the bed. It’s not my favorite chore, I have short little T-Rex arms which makes it more challenging for me than for other people who live with me. Countless times I thought I had the sheet oriented properly to the mattress and I have gotten 2 corners on the mattress, only to find that, NOPE! I don’t have it oriented properly and have to start over. This frustrates me too much! I overreact to this….and it’s silly. Really, it’s such a small thing – why let it upset me so?
So I’ve been thinking about what to do and a solution came to me IN A DREAM. I kid you not. It’s simple, it takes longer to write it out than to show it and here it is:
I will put ribbon tags in 2 colors in the corner seams near the hem and they’ll show a little bit on the right side. I’ll be using lavender and grey ribbon b/c those are what I have on hand. Here’s my lousy diagram A:
And so here’s how the colors will be placed (lousy diagram B):
So if I’m putting on the sheet facing either long side, I’ll know that the sheet is properly oriented if I have 2 corners with tabs of the same color. If I’m facing a short side – top or bottom, it doesn’t matter – if I have corners with tabs of different colors, the sheet will be properly oriented.
These tabs will take me maybe 15 minutes of sewing time to do, but they’ll save me so much frustration……I may do this with all my sheets. 🙂
So by this time next week, I’ll be sleeping on my fitted linen sheet and under my linen flat sheet for about 20% of the cost. Don’t EVEN get me started on the pillowcase neurosis……..!
If you’re a glutton for punishment, enjoy silly animated GIFs and you’d like to know the whole nine yards about this linen sheet thing (and yes it has really been a THING for me), read on for the backstory. (more…)