Do you ever buy something and wonder why? Me, too. I should not have bought this adorable table cloth but I couldn’t help myself. With those fresh colors and gingham; it was too cute! Plus, it was from a shopping trip with girlfriends to the Goodwill Clearance Center so was inexpensive. Once I got it home and washed it, I asked myself the burning question: Now what?
Sorting through closets, I found this polyester blanket with edging that was unraveling. It was not worth mending and I was tired of it. It was my dorm room blanket from the ’80s!
Then I came across this khaki flat sheet that didn’t work out as a quilt backer. Two rejects and a cute table cloth? This sounded like a winning combination to me!
Once I spread out the 3 layers to make sure my plan would work (sandwiching the old 80’s blanket between the other 2), I sewed the polyester blanket to the table cloth. Then I pinned the sheet (bottom layer) to the top two. After the 3 layers were pinned together, I used my serger and went around the outside – twice!
Even with a tight stitch, it looked better with tighter stitches. I also rounded the corners – that’s easier to do when sewing with a serger. When it was done, I spread it out and smoothed it and pinned it again. Then I added 4 machine sewn “quilted” spots to hold the blanket together. I used a button-hole setting with khaki thread.
The layers were too thick to sew right sides together and then turn. Plus, this quilt was going in the basement – where teenagers watch movies while eating pizza – it didn’t need to be fancy. It needed to be sturdy!
This winning combination of ’80s blanket + cute table cloth + khaki colored flat sheet is a warm addition to our basement. Next time I’m at Goodwill with girlfriends, I promise not to buy cute table cloths – unless the table cloths have gingham!
What have you bought that you didn’t know what you’d do with it? Do you have an ’80s blanket in your linen closet?
Go Gingham related links:
A dining room table table-cloth for Flag Day – or another summer holiday
Thanksgiving table-cloth made for our dining room table
Matching napkins for the table-cloth – made from an old skirt
How to make a waistband smaller without pins!
How to turn jeans into capris – easier than you think!
How to make skinny jeans from wide leg jeans – make your own “jeggings”
How to mend pillow cases to improve your sleeping – hah!