DIY: Homemade Muslin Summer Sheets

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.

DIY Muslin Summer Sheets
Above: Four single swaddle blankets sewn together to make a king-size covering. The open weave allows for plenty of air flow.
DIY Muslin Summer Sheets
Above:  The Aden + Anais single organic muslin swaddling blanket atop a waffle weave cover. The company no longer makes a plain white set, but a similar version is available from Parachute (Muslin Swaddle Blanket, $24) and Maisonette (Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blanket Three-Pack by Little Unicorn, currently on sale for $32). Restoration Hardware makes a Chunky Waffle Weave Cotton Blanket ($225).
Muslin Bundles, Photo by Mimi Giboin
Above: The swaddling blankets at Maude that come in plain white or with a choice of patterns. Photograph by Mimi Giboin.

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N.B.: This post has been updated with new captions, links, and resources; the original story ran on July 29, 2013.

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