During the warm months of the year, a heavy bedspread or comforter may be too much on your bed. Every night, you have to fold them back or remove them to keep from getting too warm while you sleep. If you like to sew, you can make your own lightweight bed cover for summer.
To make it, you will need a flat sheet the same size you normally use or the next size larger in any color you like, cotton or blend fabric in a complimentary color (solid or print) and lace fabric. To finish off the edges of your bed cover, you will also need enough matching or coordinating quilt binding to go around the edges.
The idea is to make a grid on the sheet using the cotton or blend fabric for the lines. These fabric lines should be 3 inches wide. Some need to be the same length as the length of the sheet and some the same length as the width of the sheet. The number of strips for the lines will vary depending on the size of the sheet and the size you want the squares in the grid to be. 10 to 12 inch squares are an ideal size. You may need to piece strips together to get the right lengths.
To make the line strips, cut the fabric in 6 inch wide strips. Sew strips together as needed for the lengths necessary to make the grid. Next, fold the strips so the raw edges meet in the center and iron so they stay. Arrange the long strips on the sheet length-wise so they are equal distances apart. Pin them in place and sew on each side of each strip half an inch from the edge of the strip. Do the same with the strips for the width of the sheet, making sure the resulting squares in the grid are even.
Now you are ready for filling in the squares of the grid with the lace fabric. Measure one of the squares to find the size from stitched line to stitched line. You want to cut the lace fabric so the edges fit under the edges of the lines, which is why you left a half inch allowance. Once the lace squares are cut, fit them in the squares with the raw edges under the fabric line edges, pin in place and sew.
You can leave the cover as is or embellish is a little further by stitching fabric or satin bows in the middle of the squares. You may even come up with other great ideas of your own to embellish it.
Now you have a pretty cover for your bed that is lightweight enough to leave in place while you sleep comfortably during the warm months.