Sheets are not just for sleeping anymore. They're the savvy home decorator's best resource for yards and yards of beautiful fabric at unbeatable prices.
Sheeting patterns have become more sophisticated in recent years, with high-line designers such as Mario Buatta, Jay Spectre, Ralph Lauren, Adrienne Vittadini and architect Robert A. M. Stern lending cachet to the bedding market.
The extra-wide yardage means fewer seams needed and quicker completion of such fabric-intensive projects as draperies, round table skirts and bed canopies. A flat twin sheet, for example, measures 66 by 96 inches -- the equivalent of about four yards of conventional fabric -- and a king-size flat sheet, at 108 by 102 inches, provides about seven yards.
"Sheets are a natural decorating shortcut," says Barbara Brooks, Family Circle magazine's home director. "The patterns today allow you to create wonderful coordinated looks throughout the rooms."
Ideas for large and small projects are virtually limitless. For starters, check out the following:
*"The Bed and Beyond," a 60-minute video by Family Circle and Fiber Industries, shows how an old English country house was revitalized with easy made-from-sheets projects. (The farmhouse is featured in the Oct. 16 issue of the magazine.) The $12.95 video includes cutting and sewing directions for dozens of projects, from window coverings to a hanging toy bag. It's available at Macy's or through mail order; call (800) 288-1829.
*Tips and directions for still more sewing-with-sheets projects fill "Surroundings," a 51-page soft-cover book from Wamsutta. Swagged draperies, Japanese-inspired wrap-and-tie pillows and a child's bed tent are among the many creations. The $4.95 book can be ordered by writing to "Surroundings," Wamsutta/Pacific, Times Square Station, P.O. Box 774, New York, N.Y. 10108.