DIY: Easy Sheet Quilt


I feel a little silly calling this DIY a quilt, since it’s only 8 pieces of fabric, but whatever. I made it for my best friend for Christmas and I absolutely love how it came out! I’m thinking of making one for myself since we’re going to sharing an apartment soon and matching beds are just cute.


You will need:

  • Two coordinating Queen vintage sheets
  • Quilt batting for a double/single quilt
  • Lots of pins!
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Yardstick
  • Thin black marker or disappearing fabric pen

1. Begin by trimming the sheets down to the size quilt you’d like. I used binder clips to “pin” the sheet against my quilt so I would have the sizing correct. I didn’t end up trimming a ton of fabric off, so if you’re a fan of long-hanging quilts, you could probably get away without trimming at all.


2. Now it’s time to cut the fabric into 8 pieces. I folded a sheet in half perfectly length-wise, ironed it, and cut along the ironed fold. My lines weren’t quite straight and required trimming and straightening with a yardstick later, but it works!

I then folded those two long pieces in half perfectly length-wise again. Do this with the other sheet and then you’ll have 8 pieces.

3. Once the pieces are cut, sew the two top pieces together length-wise(don’t forget to use the opposite fabric to create the pattern!).  Then sew the bottom pieces together length-wise. Then sew it all together! Remember to match up the seems so it makes a perfect + in the middle of the quilt.


4. Lay one quilted piece pattern side down and then lay the quilt batting down on top and then place the top quilt piece pattern side up. Use a yardstick and pen, and cut the top quilt piece in 1 inch all around the quilt. Then cut the batting to edge of the top piece also.

Pin and roll the bottom quilt piece over the top piece and batting. I used this cheat binding technique.


5. Now it’s time to machine sew the edges and SNUGGLE.

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s soft and pretty! And, yes, I was very inspired by Rachel Denbow to use vintage floral sheets. She’s the queen.

{ 11 comments… add one }

  • laura September 19, 2012, 4:00 am

    Eeek i love this idea! Thanks :) xo L

  • danielle January 25, 2012, 4:31 am

    this is lovely (:

    and i also have a totally random question..from me, the font obsessed.

    can you tell me what the name of the font is that “do it yourself” is written in?

    thank you!

    have a happy day.

    • karahaupt January 25, 2012, 9:44 pm

      Hi Danielle!

      That’s actually just my handwriting, no font. I drew it with my tablet. <3


  • Libby December 29, 2011, 5:46 am

    I love this! Most charity shops here don’t sell bed linens, but I’m hoping…

  • Michelle December 28, 2011, 4:21 pm

    Suuuuper cute! I love the prints, too!

  • courtney December 28, 2011, 2:25 pm

    This is really, really pretty. Nice work. I love vintage sheets too.

  • Rosie December 28, 2011, 11:21 am

    That’s really pretty! I love how well the different fabrics work together.

  • rae - say it ain't so December 28, 2011, 10:37 am

    i love this idea! i always buy cute vintage sheets when i see them, so now i have way more than i will ever use. looks like i need to make some of these blankets!

  • Patti December 28, 2011, 8:36 am

    I love vintage sheets but I’ve forced myself to stop buying them because I have too many … but now with your dyi I have an excuse to buy more. So. Very. Excited. Thanks!

  • Ashlee December 27, 2011, 6:13 pm

    These are amazing! Makes me wanna try this out! eep!

  • katherine December 27, 2011, 4:35 pm

    that is sooo cool, if i had the patience to sew that much, i would totally be on that ;)


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