I love knits! Unfortunately they are often more expensive than wovens, which adds up quickly when you’re sewing for adults or older kids. I’m not sure if I saw the idea online or someone mentioned it in person, but it was a DUH moment when I realized I could be buying clearance or thrifted jersey sheets to use as fabric! (You can also use woven sheets, I’ve used them as quilt backings; I just mainly sew knits for clothes).
I am not a big number cruncher but you can check out this post from Sew Much Ado for converting sizes to actual yardage numbers. I always cut & save the elastic from the fitted sheets too – and the pillowcases then make easy drawstring bags.
If you’re buying brand new sheets, I swear by the Target jersey sets, especially if you can find them on clearance after the ‘back to school’ stuff is on sale. Even if you don’t love the colors, they’re also great for rough drafts and muslins. Thrift stores are another great place to look for even cheaper options!
People always ask how they wash or if they’re too flimsy but I have been pretty happy with the quality of the Target sheets. I don’t think they’re super thin, which makes them good for beginners to experiment with, and I’ve experienced no pilling or other yuckiness even though they are a poly blend. That being said, they don’t have enough recovery for leggings but make great lounge pants, dresses, and t-shirts.
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Here are a few things I have made from knit sheets!
I love sheets!