Tutorial Time~ Recycle Sheets into yarn!

I searched. I scoured. I read until my eyes bled! Ok, that might be an over-exaggeration. I just couldn't find a straight forward, easy to follow process for turning my stash of old sheets into fabric yarn. So being a DIY-er, I decided to create my own and share it with all of you nice people!!
Follow these easy step by step instructions to make your own fabric "yarn" by carefully cutting up those old sheets that are just taking up valuable real estate in your linen closet! These drawings were created (by me!!) to assist you with making the correct cuts to give you the longest non-joined piece of fabric yarn possible!

Step One:

Launder your sheets. Very important! Make sure you are using material that is free of stains, this is especially important if the finished product is intended for sale.

Step Two:

Trim the "finished ends" from your sheets. This includes trimming out any elastic if you are using fitted sheets. Make the ends of the material as square as possible (perfectionism with this project is NOT required!!)

Step Three:

Fold your material in half, length-wise. This means take sheet as it would have gone on the bed, take the top of the sheet and fold it toward the bottom.

Step Four:

Here's where the fun begins. Start by setting the fabric on a flat surface with the folded edge facing you. Using sharp scissors or a rotary cutter (make sure you protect your working surface accordingly) cut the fabric into strips starting at your folded edge, stopping 3/4" from the end of the fabric (see fig 1). Continue cutting strips in widths of your preference! Make it as wide or as narrow as you like. Just make sure you stop cutting about 3/4" from the end.
Fig. 1
Step Five:
Now unfold your fabric (fig 2). Notice how there is 3/4" left between your cuts and the ends of the fabric.
Fig 2. Step Six:
Take your scissors, and following Fig. 3 below, finish taking the cuts all the way to the end of the fabric in an alternating pattern. This will give you one strip of fabric that will not require any joins. You may find where the fabric "turns the corners" it's a little to square for you. Feel free to round them out a bit. If you don't want to bother, that's okay. Just work the square parts into your project, they'll go un-noticed.

Fig .3 Step Seven:
Starting at one end of your new fabric yarn, begin rolling into a ball. This will make storing and working with your yarn much more manageable.

  • For a shabby chic look, try tearing your fabric. It's a little more time consuming and challenging but the end product can be stunning!!
  • Store your yarn carefully to prevent tangles or soiling. I've heard of people using old ice cream tubs with a nice tidy hole cut into the lid (where you feed the yarn through) to keep it from rolling around the room while you work!
  • Use your new yarn to create a multitude of items. Can be used for crocheting, knitting, braiding. Try making rugs, trivets, bowls, totes - just about anything you can dream up.
    Mix and match colors, textures and fabrics for even more creative pieces.
  • Have friends and family save their old sheets for you. Hit the yard sales! You can also score sheets at second hand stores like Goodwill, Slavation Army or Value Village. Making your own fabric yarn can be an inexpensive and very eco-conscience way to recycle!
  • Always make sure that your sheets are FRESHLY laundered. No one wants to work with, buy or receive something that looks, smells or IS dirty!! Yuck!
  • Stay tuned for a tutorial on joining your fabric yarn. This is helpful when changing colors or to simply add yardage to your existing ball!!
  • Follow this blog for future postings fabric yarn patterns! Feel free to leave me a note below with any comments!

~~Night table tales~~

My sister and I talked about our Soul Spaces last week. You know, a place where you can go, just to be. A place to breathe, heal, reflect and observe.

I consider my bedroom my one of my "soul spaces". I spent a lot of time there healing and recovering from chemo treatments; hours upon hours spent reading and napping while the warm sun streamed in the room. It was instrumental in my quick recovery and positive attitude. Piled high on my night table you’d always find a stack of self-help, law of attraction and spirituality books. Oh, and don’t forget one or two Harry Potter books for good measure!

Add to that collection some healing stones and crystals, reiki aura sprays and oracle cards. All of them neatly {crammed} into my small night tables single drawer (right beside the ear-plugs…but alas, that’s another post!!). My hubby rolls his eyes at me. A lot! He just thinks I’m weird…in a cute sort of way.

I felt the need to clear the soul space.

So this weekend, I tidied up those stacks of books. I carefully stowed them underneath, on the bottom shelf, where they belong. They’re still within easy reach and now granting me an easy view of the clock radio. I really paid attention to everything as I moved and put items where they belonged. It’s nice to get reacquainted with items that you are so used to seeing and being around every day. It’s even nicer to look at things from a new perspective.

After I had cleared the top and gave it a nice dusting, I wanted something fresh and new to go there. Liven it up a little bit. A-ha! Nice little display case that I had gotten as part of a gift basket years ago gets new life breathed into it! It now displays my most prized healing crystals, a beautiful pottery bowl my sister made filled with stones and some of my aromatherapy oils. It’s also a nice tidy place for my oracle cards. A little “soul temple” if you will. Not big enough to be considered a shrine, but just right for my space! Just right for me ~ I love it.

I may be weird, or crazy, or whatever. But I’m me and that’s the way it is.

Do you have a soul space? Tell me about it – share your ideas, you may just inspire someone to create there own soul space!

{Autumn} is coming

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." ~George Eliot

My favorite time of year.

Crisp air.
Big Sweaters.
Golden Leaves.
Cuddling by the fire.
Blissful Autumn.

Autumn will be here before we know it.

Here are some items to get you ready for the ultimate season....

Vermont Maple Sugar Soy candle

Fire and Earth Scarf

Chunky Taupe Hat

Big Fireside Afghan, made to order

Wishing all of you a beautiful, warm, colorful season.