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fabric for bed sheets

VickiV | Posted in Fabric and Trim on


I am looking for fabric to make my own bed sheets and pillowcases. After being frustrated for years with the quality of commercial sheets, I’ve finally decided to make my own (following the advice from Threads 100) but can’t find any decent fabric. Most of the wide muslins I’ve looked at recently for this purpose are made in China and far too rough to consider for bed sheets. Ideally, I would like a combed, mercerized long-staple 100% cotton percale or muslin at least 90″ wide (preferably 96″) with a thread count of 180 or more, calculated the old way using strands instead of plies.  Any suggestions or advice?


  1. rekha | | #1

    I have bought cotton Peter Reed's bed sheets.

    They are brilliantly soft, cool when you lie on them and warm up instantly.

    The only thing is the ironing - if you have the Polti-type irons it will do but with the ordinary steam iron takes ages

    With these you will never want to make your own


    Edited 6/25/2008 10:00 am ET by rekha

  2. starzoe | | #2

    You don't specifically mention looking for "sheeting". Most goo fabric shops will carry it although I remember it being of a rather heavy cotton. Perhaps some online retailers will carry the good quality you are looking for. Try Googling bed sheeting fabric and see what comes up.

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    JunkQueen | | #3

    Here is a source for linen if you want to go the luxurious route.http://www.threadpro.com/I'm toying with the idea of making some out of some of this fabric even though it is pricey. Good luck and keep us posted.

    1. KharminJ | | #6

      I just found this thread, and went to look at the wide linen ~ unfortunately, the ThreadPro.com site says it's Closed (pout!). No indication if it's for renovation, vacation or forever - but the "last modified" date is 8-18-08 ... <p>Kharmin

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        JunkQueen | | #7

        I think I'll pout with you! The main telephone number and the fax number have been disconnected, too. I guess she went out of business. That's a shame. She was located in a tiny little town Southeast of Dallas and had been in business for quite some time. She also taught sewing and had written some articles for Threads.

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    maer | | #4
    1. GailAnn | | #5

      Not really in the market for new sheets or for quiltbackings, but WOW, those are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!  Gail

  5. ellaluna | | #8

    I've been looking for the same thing! I'm doing a specialized sheet set for a friend and we were searching everywhere for fabric. Finally we ended up buying sheets at a discount store and I'm in the process of altering them right now.But we got a GORGEOUS, 600 thread-count, 100% cotton, sateen sheet set for $20. You can't buy the fabric for that. In fact, I don't know if I can count how many times in my career I've bought sheets because they were cheaper than fabric. I understand your frustration but I'd hit TJ Maxx or Marshalls or Ross or even Macy's, in the clearance bins on a sale weekend, and trust me, you'll spend a lot less than buying the fabric.

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