Remember when I sewed a quilt for my son? Well, when it was finally finished I swore up and down that it wasn’t going off to college with him. I had worked too hard on it and it was too nice for college. I wanted him to leave it at home. Something else that wasn’t quite so precious could go with him for use in his dorm room.
But, then the quilt got a little worn and it got a little smelly (you know – teenage boy sorta scent). I started to think about how it wouldn’t be so bad if the quilt went off to college. It was an extra long quilt – at my son’s request – so the bed could be easily made by tucking it in. That’s how long ago I started the quilt…when he still made his bed. (Heads up: most dorm rooms do have extra long beds.)
With new extra long sheets in his favorite shade of blue, I offered to make him a few extra pillowcases. Like any good sewer, I had fabric leftover from sewing the quilt and I needed to use those scraps on something. Sheet sets never come with enough pillowcases and I refuse to buy pillowcases. They are so easy to sew and yet they are so expensive!
Of course, gingham pillowcases with contrasting trim were in order. These are standard size cases and it’s 45″ wide fabric simply folded in half. I added the contrasting trim before I sewed the pillowcase. (Here’s how I mended several pillowcases.)
Here’s what I was forgetting: it wasn’t my quilt. I had made it for him and he could decide what he wanted to do with it. I had to let go of the idea that I got to decide everything. It can be hard to let go – especially when gingham fabric and special quilts are involved.
So, the quilt, the pillowcases, and the teenage boy along with all of his smells went to college last week. It’s not too far away so we were able to drive him. We piled everything into the car and headed for the quilt’s rightful new home. And, really, it’s right where it should be – on the dorm room bed of college-age boy, who is becoming a man and who gets to decide how things ought to be.
Yes, we miss him…but not the smells.
For healthier dorm room bedding and towels: Look for 100% cotton or other natural fabrics that haven’t been treated with stain repellents, are ‘wrinkle free’ or other quick dry claims. These all have added chemicals called PFCs or polyfluorochemcials and have been linked to cancer development. Also, be sure and skip the drier sheets. These keep towels from being absorbent and are full of chemicals. Find out more about what laundry detergents we use.
Have you ever sewn a quilt? Have you ever given a quilt away?