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Little Legacy My grandmothers stripy sheets


Memories of being tucked up in an old fashioned wooden bed in the front bedroom at grandma and grandad’s two up, two down.

The room my Dad and his brother would have shared.

Me and my little brother kicking down to try and release the tightly pinned sheets. The reassuring warmth of pastel striped flannel sheets.

The smell of coal fires.

The dressing table covered in old jewelled pots of face cream.

This morning I have to finally say goodbye to these sheets. Max the dog had an over zealous stretch on our bed and ripped them.

It was going to happen. Dad gave them me years ago when clearing out at Grandmas, they weren’t even meant for the bed. For L’s home birth that never went to plan, or for dust sheets. But instead they became bedsheets.

Like my dad Mr A cant wait to replace them with something more modern. Leaving me to ponder what to do with them.

Can’t bear to be parted from them.

Any ideas?



  1. 07/02/2015 / 9:35 pm

    Oh wow my mum has these sheets and I LOVED when they were on my bed. Soft and worn. Comforting. Use them for something. Could you make a small throw cushion or even a couple for your bed or somewhere in your home.x

    • parentshaped
      08/02/2015 / 8:12 pm

      So comforting aren’t they! My son wants pjs for his bear, not sure I am up to that but someone must be!

  2. 08/02/2015 / 2:13 pm

    Aw, I love these. What memories for you and they remind me of our sheets at home too (prob passed on from my Nanny). Can you make a patchwork cushion or blanket out of them and other memory fabrics? If the kids were younger, I’d have said, hem them for baby sheets. xxx ps Grandmothers had the best posts of cream, didn’t they?

    • parentshaped
      08/02/2015 / 8:11 pm

      Do you know what I started making one of those a while back, will def cut some squares to add in one day. When the kids leave home? 😉

    • parentshaped
      08/02/2015 / 8:10 pm

      Love that idea 🙂

  3. 08/02/2015 / 10:29 pm

    Ahhh I remember sheets exactly like this too!

    How good are you sewing skills ? It would be greta to make them into a night shirt for you or PJ draw string bag for the kids, something that’s in keeping with the bedtime-memories x

  4. 10/02/2015 / 5:17 pm

    They are beautiful – I remember similar at my Gran’s

    Can you make a cushion or something so you keep at least a part of them?

I'd love to know your thoughts!