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Date: 7/12/13 9:36 PM

I'm thinking about making a twin-sized bedspread from some nice floral/paisley full-sized sheets. It may be more of a throw than a bedspread. There's a dust ruffle on the bed, so I don't need the bed cover to come all the way to the floor.

I don't necessarily want to put batting inside it -- I want to keep it kind of light -- but if I don't use batting, should I interface one side?

I really have no idea what I'm doing, as you can tell. Kind of inventing it in my head as I go along.

Do you have any advice on this, or can you suggest a good tutorial?

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Date: 7/12/13 10:01 PM

That's called a "summer spread" and I used to see many of them in South Mississippi, especially in the kids' bedrooms (they didn't get AC). A friend of mine has them on her spare beds, so the elderly cat can nap whenever/wherever she wants, while protecting the bed. Here's how it works:

Take a patchwork top (often appliqued or the pineapple paper pieced or sometimes the pom-poms) OR take a really nice sheet. Pair it with another sheet (often it's a used one still in good condition, or even parts of several older sheets, or even another new one in a different color). I've made these with cotton sheet on one side and flannel sheet on the other - making it just a tiny bit warmer. Remove seams and hems - trim as needed. Right sides together, and sew up 3 1/2 sides. Trim corners. Press the seams (closed). Turn right side out and press again. Make sure those seams are perfectly straight. Turn under remainder of the hem and invisible stitch it closed by hand. Run a seam around the seams (which is why you needed to do the pressing). At this point, it's actually done - everything else is just decoration. Add more seams, add decorative stitching, sew down trims.....whatever you need or want. Personally, I like to add several rows of stitching around the edges, following the original seam. I've seen them tied with yarn, outline stitching around the floral patterns, and even horizontal and vertical lines. It's also secure if you leave the middle without stitching.

If the sheets are smaller than the bed, here's how to handle:
Take one sheet and center on the bed (remove the hems and seams). Trim as necessary to get it nicely centered. From there the other sheet will be split. If the centered one is long enough from head to foot of the bed, then the other sheet is just split in half, with one going on each side. If the bottom isn't long enough, you'll split the other sheet into 3 pieces, providing the sides and another across the bottom. Always get the bottom right, then add the sides (experience taught me that).

Once you understand how this works, you've conquered the basic bedspread.

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Date: 7/13/13 8:42 AM

I did this.. will send you a pic of mine. Mine is a full size.. and so cute I plan on one for my other bed too..

This is what I did.. as you know mattresses now are higher off the floor and deeper in depth... at least mine are.

I used one dust ruffle over the box springs as one normally would.. Then I used a second dust ruffle and attached a sheet turning under the excess to that dust ruffle.. I also put one layer of batting.. the warm natural in between that sheet and the dust ruffle.. Then I folded back the excess at the top to the underside of it all and tacked down.. Using only one layer of thin batting gave it some body but it is not heavy.. also I can easily remove the batting if I care to do so.. I may not even use batting on the next one.

The look is very cottagy.. old fashioned sort of..

It was easy Joan.. and much much cheaper than had I bought a comforter and so on in this same pattern..

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Date: 7/13/13 9:03 AM

Joan.. I just sent you two pics of my spread to your yahoo addy.. Let me know if you get them.. or if your addy has changed email me the new one.. I can easily resend to a newer addy.

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Date: 7/13/13 10:18 AM

Ikea sells covers and comforters separately. The covers (or coverlets?) are just two pieces of cotton sewn together pillowcase style so that you can stuff a comforter into it. I have thought that would be easy to make. It sounds like you want to do a similar thing minus the comforter. A sheet would be a cheaper alternative than buying all that fabric so I don't know why not if you have a sheet you like. I don't think I would interface it but I would use two sheets. If you used complimentary but difference patterns for the top and bottom you could flip them when you were tired of the one pattern. In the winter, you could stuff it with a comforter or something.

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Date: 7/13/13 10:25 AM

Thanks, marjoryt! This is brilliant and very complete. I'll print this out or bookmark this thread.

The only part I'm not totally sure I understand is this:

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Date: 7/13/13 10:40 AM

Very pretty! I really like that cottagey look.

I was surprised to find I could get into that Yahoo account -- last time it didn't work. Thanks for the pictures.

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Date: 7/13/13 10:45 AM

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A sheet would be a cheaper alternative than buying all that fabric so I don't know why not if you have a sheet you like.

I have two identical sheets that I like but have never used as sheets. I bought them to use as throws when we were living in a furnished temporary place for a while between homes. I was thinking of using them as curtains, but that never really happened. So instead of letting them sit in the closet any longer, I should make them into a bedspread. I'm getting a double bed soon (downsizing from a queen), but these sheets are a bit fancier/more patterned than I would probably ever use as sheets.


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Date: 7/13/13 10:46 AM

What I did is I had an old blanket
Put it in between an did a tie every
So many inches looks very nice.

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Date: 7/13/13 10:50 AM

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What I did is I had an old blanket Put it in between an did a tie every So many inches looks very nice.

That's a nice idea.

I suppose I could give myself the option of putting a blanket inside (put buttons or a zipper on one end or something). I'll think about this.



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