Pretty-fied Sheet Set

Hi...I'm April (the words behind Mickey Zimmer and Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe), and we are delighted to bring you a tutorial on how to Pretty-fy your sheets...using a charm pack and a little bit of yardage. Hop on over to our blog and see what's new... Happy quilting! mickey & april {sweetwater cotton shoppe}
  1 charm pack of Strawberry Fields
1/4 yd gray dot
1 yard strawberry print
1 queen size sheet set [***sheets may vary in size...change pattern accordingly]

Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless stated otherwise.

On each pillowcase and flat sheet, cut 5 1/2 inches off the cuff end.

Now open the seams of each pillowcase using a seam ripper.

From the strawberry print cut 4--9 x 42 inch strips

From the dot cut 4--1 1/2 x 42 inch strips.

Sew 2 strips of the strawberry print end to end. Do this with 2 dot strips also.
Press these seams open.
Press all dot strips in half.
Measure the flat sheet raw edge. Be sure that the long dot strip is that length plus 1 inch. Fold in each end of the dot strip 1/2 inch and press.

Now break open that charm pack...(admire the colors for a moment)...luscious aren't they?!

Separate them into piles...2 piles of 10 squares and 1 pile of 20 squares.

Sew each pile of charms together.

Press these open also.

Sew the dot piping to charm sure to sew long piping to long charm strip and short piping to short charm strip. Repeat for 2 short and 1 long. When piecing the long piping strip be sure to center dot leaving 1/2 inch at each end.

Then sew strawberry strip to other side of charm strip.

Press seam toward strawberry print.

Lay raw 40 inch edge of pillowcase so right side is toward the charms and center it then stitch down...there will be excess at each end. When stitching it down make sure sewing line is to the left of stitch on piping. Repeat with other pillowcase.

***Flat Sheet...lay so that ends match up with dot ends...stitch down. Set aside for now.

This part is tricky...layout the pillowcase then roll up the case.

And bring the strawberry print over and lay it on top lining up the seam.
Pin the layers together.

Sew layer together using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Pull the case out of one end...

Trim each side so that it is even with the side of the case.
Fold pillowcase so that right sides are out and starting at the open end line up charms and sew.

Turn pillowcase inside out and stitch 3/8 inch seam...this will finish off the edge.
Repeat with end. First stitch end with wrong sides together.
Turn inside out and stitch 3/8 inch seam allowance to finish edge.
Viola! 1 pillowcase finished...repeat with second...
To finish the flat sheet...lay it out like the pillowcases and roll the sheet and bring the strawberries over and lay on the seam.
Pin this seam. Be sure each end looks like below. Stitch layers together.
Fold in each end so that it lines up with sheet and dot.
Stitch along edge.

1 Pretty-fied Sheet Set

2 Pretty-fied Pillowcases

1 Pretty-fied Flat Sheet

1 Fitted Sheet

Mom has put together 2 sets of these beauties...Strawberry Fields in front and Buttercup charms, Breakfast at Tiffany's dot and whimsy piping. Perfect for a wedding gift...or use juvenile prints for a child's room.

We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial...we sure had fun doing it for you! Also, we'd LOVE to see your Pretty-fied please, pretty us those lovely pictures at; we'd love to post them on our blog!

Happy quilting!

mickey & april {sweetwater cotton shoppe}


Rachel said...

very cute...I can see this in so many ways, on a kids bed, in a guest room, Finally matching sheets for that quilt that's on the bed. I also LOVE how your fingernail polish coordinates with the colors in the fabrics!

The Sewing Loft said...

Very creative! Thanks for sharing.


Allison said...

I love this idea. I can't wait to make sheet sets that match the bed quilts.

Sharon said...

I love this idea with the sheets. Perfect for my guest room. Thanks for sharing the idea.

Nicole Morris said...

What a great wedding gift!

Lisa said...

What a great idea! That is a great way to spruce up some plain sheets!

Melissa said...

What a great way to spruce up plain sheets:) TFS!

Pam said...

What a lovely gift this would make! Thank you for the wonderful idea and tutorial.

Anonymous said...

I really like this sheet set. I can see some done as gifts. Thanks.

Quilting In The Rain said...

what a great way to spruce up some plain sheets!

Sandra said...

This is a wonderful idea! Can't wait to try this out in my guest room.

Modern Male Homemaker said...

I've been wanting to do this for years now, but just haven't actually been motivated. I love the idea of using it for children's bedding and will have to do that for our boys's room... after I make the quilts! Or maybe as I make the quilts. Hmmm... now I think I have to go to the fabric store and pick out some fabric for the munckins. Thanks for the great tutorial and the inspiration!

Ginger said...

What a great idea!

kwiltmakr said...

Great idea.

saralynn said...

love the idea but i cant seam to understand the sewing directions all to well and ive reread all of them 5 times

jmnstars said...

I make pillowcases all the time but haven't thought of jazzing up already made sheets! Awesome idea! The text is REALLY small though which makes the recipe really hard to read and understand...

Kim said...

I have done this to pillowcases for a long time using them to put my Quilts of Valor quilts into for presentation to a wounded soldier.

Never thought about doing a sheet set for a wedding gift.....its a winning idea!

Thanks and happy sewing

traceyjay said...

you really did pretty-fy it right up! :)

Kim and Jim said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it! I have quite a few "old sheets" that were given to me by a neighbor- this looks like the perfect way to re-purpose them!

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea...and would be so easy to do. Now, why didn't I think of that, hmmmmmm..
Congrats, Mickey (and April) on getting on Moda's Bake Shop. Here's to many more "recipes".
Congrats again,
Colleen B/New London

Ashley King said...

I will be making my daughter the "toddler bed quilt" here on Moda and I will make some homemade fitted sheets and a flat sheet and pillowcase to match her quilt! What a great idea!

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I remember that whem me and my brother we were children, my granny make us a lot of pillowcases, with message like "My little angels" or "God bless you" you know tender things.