Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Pottery Barn and Using Sheets For Quilt Backing

Can you believe Christmas is less than two months away?!!!  Too soon to start decorating but not too early to make your decorating plans.  And certainly not too early (and possibly too late if you sew like me) to start a new seasonal quilt.

I've been thinking of making a new Christmas quilt and those thoughts coincided with an email message from Pottery Barn covering their Christmas decor items.  They have some of the cutest sheets and bedding sets and they got me thinking about using a sheet as the backing for a quilt.  Have you ever used a sheet and if so, how did it work out?

Pottery Barn calls this one Nostalgic Santa.  I think the design could be great for a quilt back, especially for a two-color quilt in red and white or green and white. 

I also like this snowman print.

What about Forest Gnomes?   These three are 100% organic cotton. 

Winter Village is 100% organic cotton flannel.  Could be very cozy! 

One issue is that it would not be an inexpensive backing because Pottery Barn sells sets only, with fitted sheet and pillowcases included with the flat sheet.  I suppose you could use them on the bed.  We are old-fashionedly boring here on Main Street, with white sheets only on the beds so a printed fitted sheet would be an adjustment. 

Anyway, I am thinking of buying some of these when they go on sale (Pottery Barn is always having a sale) so any advice you have on use of sheets as quilt backing much appreciated. 

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  1. Any of those would be really charming backs for a quilt. I read someone recently who said they carefully remove the elastic from the fitted sheet and then use that also for a backing, albeit slightly smaller. Not to enable, but if you think you might have more than one quilt that would benefit from a festive backing....

    1. And the pillow cases could possibly be used to store the quilts.

  2. I have used sheets many time. I like a lower thread count -- 300 or less and I prewash to get rid of the sizing. it makes for much easier quilting esp on the long arm. I also use the fitted sheet for a smaller quilt back.. just cut away the elastic.
    target sheets have worked great. I have even used a cotton rich (read poly blend sheet) when it was the perfect backing.

  3. I do it all the time. great for backing

  4. Those are some cute sheets! I haven't been to Pottery Barn in years.....maybe I should visit them for Christmas! :-) I have not used sheets for quilt backing...but, if the thread count is close to quilting cottons, then it should work great!

  5. I use sheets for backing but only high quality ones- Pottery barn sheets are my favorite!

  6. Wow -- what a great idea! Maybe you could just cut up the fitted sheets and add them as fabric to your stash. Those prints are adorable -- thanks for the tip!

  7. I would prefer fleece sheets.


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