When my children were babies, someone gave me a pure white muslin swaddling blanket made of the most delightfully soft fabric and it quickly became a favorite. Long forgotten, I was reminded of it a while back when I saw a basketful of them at Maude in Petaluma. A maternal impulse found me buying one with no apparent need. That was until I was in search of a light summer bed covering—something that would double as a sheet in hot summer weather. I realized that I could make a king-size sheet out of four blankets and promptly bought three more. Initially, I had envisioned sewing them together with red cotton thread to form a large red cross, but realized my rudimentary sewing techniques were best manifest in white. I am still contemplating a red cross along the seams, but in the meantime, it has become the go-to summer sheet/covering perfectly suited to those evenings when the temperatures soar.
For more summer DIYs, see:
- 8 Easy Low-Cost, Low-Commitment Summer DIY Projects with Painter’s Drop Cloths
- Salvaged Style: An Easy DIY Upgrade for Dry Cleaner Wire Hangers
- Trend Alert: Stitched Patchwork Cloths as Window Coverings
N.B.: This post has been updated with new captions, links, and resources; the original story ran on July 29, 2013.