(1) Put one fitted corner tightly into another one. I find it's easiest later to do the upper and lower corner of one long side, so you're working with the width of the sheet later, rather than the length.
(2) Put the other 2 matching corners inside each other and bring them up to go into the first 2 corners. (3) Stick all 4 corners in there, so the corner points meet and smooth it.
(4) Lay the sheet on a flat surface and fold down both edges, in towards the center of the sheet. (5) You may want to do the long edge first, and then fold the fitted corner edge over that one. You should have somewhat of a rectangle now.
(6) Fold the probably-uneven edge (opposite of the folded corner edge) up, so that it's straight across. (7) Then fold the whole sheet in half (bottom edge in photo 6 towards top edge in photo 6)
(8-10) Fold the now-long-rectangle in thirds (or quarters). You can now stack the folded top sheet and pillow case(s) on top.
I confess! I'm a "SHEET SNOB"!! (I may wear Levis and flip-flops, but my SHEETS have to be upscale) For years, I have only bought 100% cotton (usually Egyptian) that is 1200 TC or higher (most are 1500-1800 TC). My husband (who could care less about what he wears) actually commented that the sheets "felt like cardboard" when we started at someone's house!! ** I usually find the best deals on high thread count sheets at Overstock.com (although you may find them on eBay too). NOTE: I did buy a set of MICRO-FIBER 1500 T.C. sheets recently to see if I could tell the difference (they only cost about $45/set for queen). They were exceptionally soft, but I thought they stretched a little bit after a few days on the bed. But, if you can't afford high TC pure cotton sheets, these are DEFINITELY much better than percale or anything lower than 1000 TC cotton sheets!
WASH your PILLOWS in the WASHING MACHINE?? Of course you can! Feather, down, foam or synthetic....
1/2 cup liquid laundry detergent + 1/4 cup baking (or washing) soda + 1/2 cup plain white vinegar + about 1/4 cup bleach (I put that into the automatic bleach dispenser) ** LARGE load ~ HOT setting ~ DELICATE cycle ** Put 2 pillows in at one time **
Low heat or air/fluff dry ** Add 2 tennis balls (or clean sneakers) to the dryer to help "fluff" them up". Don't put foam pillows in the dryer though (they may melt) ~ air dry them (outside is even better)
Do your FITTED SHEETS keep popping off the corners? For years, I've used those white sheet "garters" to keep the corners down tight. You can find them at any bedding or discount store ~ and they're really inexpensive.
How to MAKE YOUR BED ~ the FAST and EASY WAY ** Yes, I used to go through the hassle of a separate bedspread and lots of throw pillows too, but just don't want to bother with that all the time! Now, I have lightweight, inexpensive quilts for every season. I just straighten the covers in the morning, and turn down the sheet at the top (like they do in a hotel). In warm weather, the light quilt is enough ~ but I'll put a down comforter under it in the winter. If you use an electric blanket, you can just fold the quilt down at the foot of the bed at night ** When company comes over, I'll put a few throw pillows at the head of the bed so it looks prettier **