The sweet and colorful patterns of vintage linens are a favorite fabric of mine to sew with// so many wonderful ways to use the cottony goodness in home crafts and usually found at thrift stores at reasonable prices. Big win! I pulled out a bunch of vintage sheets to make some Friendship Lap Quilts for some of my Dear hearts.
I started by finding a range of colors and prints in the sheets and cut five of them 8 inches wide, 50 inches long. After lining up the order, I sewed the strips together, right sides facing. The back of the quilt is a different sheet pattern in one solid piece. After making a quilt sandwich of backing + cotton batting + vintage stripes, I pinned the the whole thing all over with quilting safety pins. Next, I quilted the strips vertically on both sides of the seam, and horizontally every 6 inches. Finally I added handmade vintage binding around all of the edges and hand stitched the binding on the back side.
The final dimensions of these lap quilts are 36" X 45"; perfect for late night snuggles or book reading.
I bundled up a few of these friendship blankets recently for some sweet friends as a 'thank you' for their presence + love in my life as our family was in a storm of dark days earlier this year.
And of course, chocolate was added. Also, a handmade gift tag.
I LOVE making these happy quilts. I am planning on adding a couple to my Etsy shop later in the summer after our summer vacation. Come take a peek in July!
Creating with friends + loved ones in mind is something that makes me giddy, truly happy. And the soft cottony goodness of vintage sheets are always fun to play with. Blanket making for days, Dears! Go-- make one or two and bless a friend!