Messing with Manchester


I love doing laundry! It’s so satisfying. I love the way it smells. I love doing the sheets.

Keri Russell

The cool kindliness of sheets, that soon smooth away trouble; and the rough male kiss of blankets.
Rupert Brooke

I try to apply the organic concept to my clothes and bedding as well. There’s nothing like swimming in organic cotton sheets.
Woody Harrelson

RUDE continues the de-cluttering at home.  Today RUDE Boy delivered a station wagon load of more stuff to a charity shop.  This charity shop’s takings from donated goods, help to fund an aged care facility.

The blanket boxes and linen press in RUDE’S house are being cleaned out today.  It’s amazing what is uncovered that you forgot you had.  It is showing us that we have manchester [bed linen] we do not use and/or had forgotten about.

RUDE Girl recently made a fitted and flat sheet from some old bed linen [refer to video on Rude Record on Facebook].  I have been inspired to make some more fitted and flat sheets.  I really like the feel of cotton sheets made from old cotton doona [duvet] covers.  The cotton used in my rescued from landfill doona [duvet] covers, appears to be of higher quality than sheeting cotton.  I only pick out the very best from the textiles bin at TIP [dump] shops.



Assorted bed linen for upcycling

Check out the video to the above photo on this link below


Recycled white flannelette QS bed flat sheet, cut to remake a QS bed fitted sheet.


Use a QS flat sheet or fabric with total measurement 85″ x 109″.  Then cut out x4 14″ x 14″ squares from the corners.  Sew up the corners by bringing the edges together.  And then add the elastic by either threading it through a casing or sewing to the perimeter of the sheet.

NB  A very stretchy elastic came out of the fitted sheet to the above flat sheet.  It’s total measurement is 136″ [including overlap]

For those working in metric my apologies, I could not find my metric tape measure.  And I still feel comfortable interchanging with imperial measurement.  And should you require clarification on how to make a fitted sheet, please feel free to message me.  It’s very rewarding, however like with curtains there is a lot of fabric to handle.

Purchasing new bed linen can be expensive, especially if you want quality cotton and linen fabric.  Reuse good quality bed linen by revamping it again for your bed.

The white sheet in the photo above has slightly yellowed in places and smells a bit dusty after storage.  Before I sew it up, I have over locked around the raw edge.  I will use Napisan and soak the fabric overnight in the washing machine.

Beat The ‘manchester’ Man!!


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