From Top Sheet to Nightgown
Rather Than Toss, Repurpose!
Now that sheet-sets are so popular, it’s hard to find individual sheets for sale. If you want 100% cotton and a decent thread count, it’s almost impossible. Unfortunately, the bottom sheet tends to wear out well before the top, leaving you with a big piece of useless fabric. It ends up as a drop cloth or gets ripped into rags, shoved in a drawer or in the trash—what a waste!
I love cotton nightgowns—woven, not knit; they are my number-one sleepwear preference. But they too are hard to find—especially at a reasonable cost. I’d sewn my own, but since they require two-plus yards of fabric there’s not much of a savings.
While making up the guest bed, I came across one of the aforementioned lone top sheets. It was a pretty, light blue check from a long-gone set. Eureka! I was getting a new nightgown—and oh would it be soft!
I flipped through my patterns for something that would sew up quick and easy. I did not want to create a masterpiece, just something cute and comfortable to sleep in. I settled on Kwik Sew K3943 combining the body of the gown with the sleeves of the pajama top.
Since the sheet was 15 years old, there was one tiny hole I could not avoid. Undaunted, I cut a few hearts out of some scrap fabric and machine-stitched them on to cover the offender. In just 3 hours over two evenings, my comfy new nightgown was finished.
Since then, I rummaged through my storage and found a nice, mint green sheet in great condition. I think I’ll do the long-sleeve version this time and embellish with some simple embroidery. As these nightgowns are just for me, I don’t have to go crazy worrying about perfection. My storage, my pocketbook and my planet thank me!
- Image posted by Andrea Leigh Ptak
- October 11, 2013
- 9 Comments
Love this idea. I’ve been thinking about starting to sew again. This is inspiring (and I certainly have a lot of those old sheets).
Some people count sheep and others count threads. I’m with you on the cotton thing. When it comes to sleep I gotta have crisp cotton all around. And under my head it can only be down.
We’re definitely on the same wavelength here!
Nice article Andie.
Do you have info on fabric recycling? I have a huge number of rags, and coincidentally, a bottom sheet about to go in the trash…and I don’t sew!
Good blog Andie! Sheets are also expensive. Flannel bottom sheets wear out even faster. It’s a shame to see the top sheet wasted. .A flannel top sheet can be reused as a lightweight blanket over a cotton sheet or as a flannel nightgown!
I love this idea Andie, ESP as I never find nightgowns I like in the store and that aren’t outrageously spendy, and foreign made. I’m looking for the KwikSew pattern soon!
Check Ebay for the pattern; I don’t think it’s still “in print.”