Ironing sheets

Today I did something I've never done before: I ironed a sheet. I wanted to use it for my daughters' birthday party as a tablecloth, and here's the accompanying explanatory stuff:

  • Yes, that apostrophe is appropriately placed. My two daughters were born on the same day, five years apart, and we are still having joint birthday parties for them.
  • Usually we just have family birthday parties, with a cake that may or may not be fancily decorated. But this time, we decided to have friends over, which meant, to me, that I ought to try a little harder. This was our first ever girly party, so I wanted girly stuff, but I am cheap and also prone to last-minute inspiration (or desperation, I guess). I don't have any girly tablecloths, but I do have some girly sheets, so I used a twin-sized flat sheet as a tablecloth. It was almost a perfect size but very wrinkled.
  • My usual method of dealing with a wrinkled tablecloth is to put it on the table, spray it with water, and let gravity do its work. It's pretty effective, but this time it didn't look like it was going to do the job. Hence the ironing. Yeah, I won't put much time into planning a birthday party, but apparently I will iron a sheet so no 8-year-old girl is offended by wrinkles.

So anyway, some people actually do iron sheets! I think that's really weird, but apparently it's true. And now I'd like to know if they have a special giant ironing board for sheets. Because it was kind of unwieldy, and it was only a twin. On the other hand, I like to iron (although I almost never do it), and ironing a big flat thing is nice--no weird-shaped corners or sleeves or pockets. I think ironing cloth napkins would be the best. I don't see it becoming a regular event for me, though.


  1. Wish you were around when I'm piecing a quilt. Those are perfect for ironing and sort of fun cuz you get to see the surprising finished square as you go. I do like quilting with another person who can iron while I sew or the other way around.

  2. If only I'd known! I would have ironed for you. I don't quilt, but I can iron!


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