Yes, there are lots and lots of amazing fabrics on the market today, and even spending $8 a yard (You’ll need 1 and a half yards for a crib sheet in case you were interested) will equal drastic savings from say, spending $40 on a Dwell Studio fitted sheet
A little thrifting can yield amazing results. Vintage sheets sets can usually be found for about $5 a set, depending on where you look. You can get a ton of yardage for less than $1 a yard (take THAT, Wally-world!).
Amazing projects from vintage sheets. Clockwise from the top: Dainty little flowers via Sweet Vintage, Crib mobile from Sew She Sews, Scalloped Fabric Garland via Ohdeedoh, and a Stack of Vintage Sheets Chaletgirl received from a vintage sheet swap (true story, they DO exist).
The amount of fabric you get varies on the sheet size, ranging from just a few inches shy of two square yards (Twin fitted sheets) to eight and a half square yards with the California King Flat Sheet (and remember, most of the time they come in sets of Flat, fitted and pillow cases).
Fitted Sheet Sizes
- Twin–39 x 75 inches (or 99 x 190 cm)*
- X-Long Twin–39 x 80 inches (99 x 203 cm)*
- Full–54 x 75 inches (137 x 190 cm)
- Queen–60 x 80 inches (or 153 x 203 cm)
- King–76 x 80 inches (or 198 x 203 cm)
- California King–72 x 84 inches (or 182 x 213 cm)
Flat Sheet Sizes
- Twin–66 x 96 inches (or 167 x 243 cm)
- X-Long Twin–66 x 102 inches (or 167 x 259 cm)
- Full–81 x 96 inches (or 205 x 243 cm)
- Queen–90 x 102 inches (or 228 x 259 cm)
- King/California King–108 x 102 inches (or 274 x 259 cm)
* A word of caution: fitted Twin and X-Long Twin sheets are about 6″ shorter on the width than fabric from the bolt, so if you are planning to use them for a commercially produced pattern be careful. Most pattern instructions are designed to be laid out on fabric 45″ wide or larger …just something to keep in mind.
Need more Vintage Sheet-spiration? Try the Vintage Sheet Blog. Swoon.