Dear Heloise: How do you make fitted sheets out of flat sheets? — Sherry Kuhlman, Via E-mail
There's a quick way and one that involves sewing. For the easy method, just smooth the flat sheet out over the top of the mattress, then tie a knot in each corner and tuck under the mattress. Adjust corner knots accordingly to give the sheet a smooth tight fit.
For a permanent fix, remove the hem at each end of a flat sheet. With a pair of scissors, round each corner, trimming away any surplus material — be sure to leave 8 to 10 inches of overhang on each side. Now make a 1-inch-wide casing at each end and insert a 3/4-inch elastic all the way through each casing. Stitch one end of the elastic in place on one side so you can stretch the length of elastic tighter to make the sheet snug, then stitch down the other end of the elastic. Repeat at the other casing.
Your fitted sheet is now ready to use! — Heloise
Dear Heloise: A cheap decorating hint for beauty salons and dentist's offices: Clean those nasty ceiling air vents above the hair-wash sinks and dental chairs. Ugh!
Salons and dentist's offices invest lots of money in furniture, carpet, aquariums, etc., and the thing that we gaze at the most is the ceiling when we are being shampooed or drilled. I'm sick of looking up at those filthy vents. — Janet, Houston
Janet, everything in life is POV (point of view), and this is one that most people don't see! Good point, and I bet there will be a lot of people looking up! — Heloise
Dear Heloise: When making a batch of cookies, I always make one and a half to two recipes at a time, then bake as many as I need. After that, using my miniscoop, I cover my cookie sheet with dough balls. Next, I cover the sheet with plastic wrap and freeze it. Once frozen, I place the dough balls in a self-closing plastic bag, then return them to the freezer.
Now I can bake a few to a lot of cookies whenever I need them. They are fresh and a quick treat. P.S.: It's best if you let the dough balls thaw a bit before baking. — Donna Dugger, Columbia, Tenn.
Dear Heloise: I love your column. I have a hint that might be useful to someone:
I wait until the day-at-a-time calendars go on sale and pick up one to keep by my phone. As I tear the pages off, I put them in an old napkin holder and use them for notepaper. The backs are usually blank. — Mickie Bradley, Keedysville, Md.
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