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Posted on: 12/17/06 1:06 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people   Very Helpful by 3 people   
This is one of the most useful and cheapest sewing projects I have ever done. It also requires little or no talent or creativity.
My dear children love to play in their beds making tents out of the sheets and covers. That made it a drag to make the bed everyday and they messed it up so badly that I had to be the one to remedy the situation. ( Maybe that was their plan all along!) My dh is also a large man and by the time he pulled the covers and sheets up they were pulled out of the bottom of the mattress.

Sew, I went to the Wallmart fashion find $1 yd table and bought two yards for each sheet and blanket we use. For the blankets I found a wonderful acrylic knit. I sewed one to two yards on to the end of each sheet and blanket, and serged where necessary to keep them from fraying in the wash. The width does not have to match the sheetbecause it will not be seen. I just center the fabric at the end of the sheet.

When you make the bed you still put the edge of the sheet under the mattress just so it disappears. The odd fabric goes as far up under the mattress as possible anchoring it and preventing any slipping out. That has solved a big problem for us. I don't think they make sheets as long as they used to.
Trust me--this solutions works. The knit fabric I bought really keeps the blankets in because it is ribbed and grippy. I recommend cotton or woven blends for the sheets.

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Astex said...
I've done this because my DH kept pulling the sheets out every night. I just used cheap woven cotton and it seems to work well. I'll have to try a knit on my next set.
12/18/06 8:43 AM
OP Gal said...
Great tip. I have a tall husband (6'4") who pulls regular sheets out at the bottom of our king size bed because he takes up the whole length of the bed. I'd thought of adding fabric to the end of sheets, but your tip about using a knit fabric sounds like a good one. Thanks!
12/18/06 10:44 AM
PoppyB said...
Not only don't they make them as long, I don't think they're as wide, either! Of course, now that I'm old(er), shorter and wider myself, mayber there's a connection :)
12/26/06 8:28 AM
Sherril Miller said...
Great Tip. DH is 6'2" and is always coming in while I'm sleeping and tucking back in the sheets. He always manages to wake me up which gripes me because at 5'1" I never know what's happening at the end of the bed.
12/28/06 2:45 PM
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