Tutorial: How to Cut Up a Vintage Sheet
Thursday, June 16, 2011
This tutorial outlines how to cut 19"x23" fat quarters from a flat sheet. I like to cut them a little big, because the ripping is not perfect. You are usually getting a straight rip, but because of shrinkage and potential warping, it's sometimes not exact. That extra inch gives you room to straighten and trim off the rough edges if you want! It works best with sheets that are 50/50 cotton polyester blends or 100% cotton. 100% polyester sheets tend to warp a lot when ripping, so proceed with caution!
Check out my post on how to identify, shop for, and sew with vintage sheets.
4. Repeat with the wide hem. Now you should have one big sheet piece with no top or bottom hem.
You could use this method to cut any width you'd like. You could tear a 46" strip to cut yardage pieces from, just keep in mind you're limited by the width of your sheet.