Dec 6, 2010

Question from a Reader...

I thought I would post this question to see what everyone has to say about it.

Hi Jen,
I recently began following your blog because I've been bitten by the "vintage sheets bug." :) I've had several given to me and just recently picked up a pile while we were on vacation. I think I've gone through at least half of your archives in the last two days.
But now I have a question that I don't remember seeing addressed anywhere: How do you store your vintage sheets, whole or cut? Do you store fitted sheets any differently?
The only reason I ask is that 99% of my stash is flat sheets, but the 1% that are fitted drive me batty because they don't lay flat. I like neat stacks, not leaning towers. :) If it were you, would you cut up the fitted sheets into fat quarters or would you simply cut off the elastic and seams to make them lay flat that way?
Thanks for any help you can give me!
Sophia :)

Well Sophia, I keep all my fat quarters folded and stacked neatly. Scraps are kept in a clear tote. Flat sheets and folded sheets in another tote, not real organized... have to dig a lot. If the fitted sheets make you crazy, cut them down into either fat quarters or flat sheets.  

Thanks for a great question.


fabriquefantastique said...

Just my every day fitted sheets drive me batty.

Des said...

First thing I do after washing a fitted sheet, is start ripping that ugly elastic all the way around. Then it is much more manageable. I leave it whole until I know what i'm going to do with it.

Pink Daisys Blog Spot said...

I normally cut the fitted sheets, because it drives me nuts that they don't fold nicely!..Or another idea I found, is to store them in side pillow cases, for some reason they seem to stack better like that and don't fall all over the shelf.
Hope that helps.

A Girl said...

how about trimming off the elastic edges so you can now fold the sheets flat.

Colima said...

For me, it depends on what I intend to use them for. I've kept the ones that I want for a quilt back whole. Also the ones that I might want a bigger piece or possibly an odd shaped piece I've kept whole. I felt like cutting them down would be too restrictive for me :)

Lani said...

Sometimes I keep them with the elastic and fold them using this technique Or sometimes I'll rip off the elastic and fold them. After I fold them I place them in gallon-sized ziploc bags and stack them on my shelf.

Sophia said...

Thanks for posting the question! I didn't realize how well it would work to rip out the elastic and those annoying side seams. I did it to one of my fitted sheets so far, and it works great for me, so thanks again.