To help launch her book Design*Sponge at Home, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge selected artists and crafters to customize west elm products to be auctioned off to benefit the New York Public Library. Each of the designers gave their own stamp of style to the various pieces that were auctioned on 9/13. Here is the one-of-a-kind design from Jim Deskevich + Corbett Marshall of Variegated


Corbett and Jim chose to work with west elm’s Organic Frayed-Edge Cotton Sheets — a perfect fit since their company, Variegated has been designing textiles since 2000. They are known for combining modern + graphic patterns in their bedding, accessories and home furnishings. They love color and primarily focus on bedding.

For this project, they embellished the Organic Frayed-Edge Cotton Sheets with 100% cotton shirting and 100% cotton seersucker. They both love seersucker and they had a stash of orange seersucker in two different widths. They added brown and purple cotton shirting to accent the orange.



The fabrics were pieced and applied to the top of the flat sheet (essentially hiding the distinctive frayed-edge) and they did the same for the pillow cases, creating a new flange and added piping made from the cotton shirting.


Corbett estimates it took about 8 hours of work — from concept to final product.
As for DIY advice, the sewing is not complicated but the span of the fabric from end to end on the flat sheet can be tricky to handle for someone who is not very experienced in handling large pieces of fabric.

Want to try this kind of project? Corbett says it’s fairly simple but the most difficult thing to watch out for is the large span of fabric needed for the flat sheet edge — it can be tricky to handle a large piece if you’re not experienced.

Organic Cotton Frayed-Edge Sheet Set

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Molly Andrews

October 20, 2011

love the orange searsucker. terrificly wonderful.

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