Two days ago I had a conversation with my sister Audy (she's kinda popular around this blog lately, isn't she?) about using sheets for sewing projects. She is making an owl toddler sleeping bag for a church activity, and told me she thought it was going to cost her about $150 to make. Crazy! I reminded her of all the cute things she could make for $150 and all the new Amy Butler fabric she could buy, and suggested that she use flannel sheets and cotton sheets instead of fabric by the bolt. Then of course we had a long discussion about how many sheets she would need, their sizes, etc. I was thinking about how it can be so annoying trying to figure out the conversion from fabric on the bolt to sheets. Wouldn't it be nice to just have a chart to refer to instead of using those precious, and in my case, oh-so-few brain cells each and every time? Yes, it would, so I made a chart.
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As I was making the chart, I kept thinking of more information that could be helpful, so I ended up including all of it. For example, with 45" fabric you can often get two "lengths" out of the width. If there was under 10" of extra fabric on the edges (96" wide fabric would have 6" of extra fabric since 45" x 2 lengths = 90"), I didn't worry about it. In cases where there was more than 10" (you can only get one 60" width out of a king sheet which is 102" wide so there is 42" extra fabric), I also included the conversion of actual square inches. That conversion would be helpful if you were making a project with many small pieces, such as a quilt top. Yikes, I hope this chart isn't more confusing than helpful. The extra conversions come into play mainly for the larger sized sheets.
*Another thing that's important to keep in mind is that these measurements are assuming you are using sheets that are either plain colored or that are multi-directional. If you are using printed sheets for your project that have a one-way design, you may not be able to turn your pattern pieces sideways to get the most out of the fabric. Make sense?
I hope this chart can be useful to some of you, I just learned that thanks to the Swine Flu Audy won't be needing it anymore. Did you know that to test you for the Swine Flu they put a stick up your nose into your brain? Okay, so it doesn't actually go up to your brain but Audy said it feels like it does. The doctor actually asked her not to punch him just before he did it. Feel better soon Audy!