US 2821723 A
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BUTTON-ON SHEETS FOR BLANKETS,
COMFORTERS, AND QUILTS Samuel Gluck, Chicago, Ill.
Application April 20, 1954, Serial No. 424,346
2 Claims. (Cl. -335) This invention relates to a bedsheet suitable for being selectively secured to a bed cover.
The term bed cover is herein intended to refer to blankets, quilts, comforters, and the like.
The bedsheet that usually separates the sleeper from the bed cover consists of a sheet which is spread on the bed in loose form or at times tucked in under the foot end of the mattress. When this arrangement is used, body movements of the bed occupants frequently work the sheet loose, so that it tends to creep or gather in places, exposing parts of the cover to contact with the sleeper. Where a comforter with a satin surface is used, it follows that the comforter assumes sliding movements as a result and departs from its proper position to a greater or less extent. Where a wool blanket is em ployed and the sleeper is partly uncovered or sleeps in the nude, the surface of the blanket obviously will be very irritating to the skin.
My invention contemplates a bedsheet which serves to continuously separate the lower surface of a bed cover from the sleeper despite the sleepers movements and which may be selectively secured to the upper surface of the cover adjacent to the marginal edges of the cover. Since the sheet does not fully overlap the upper surface of the cover, the cover, as well as the sheet, will be afforded ample ventilation. In addition my sheet may be simply constructed with relatively few fabricating steps without sacrifice of strength features, may be readily laundered or cleaned without the threat of being damaged, may be easily separated from the cover, and possesses a neat appearance.
Fig. 1 is a top plan view of a typical cover, such as a quilt, to which the improved sheet is adaptable;
Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the sheet with the quilt buttoned therein;
Fig. 3 is a similar view with one end of the sheet opened out; and
Fig. 4 is a magnified section on the line 4--4 of Fig. 3.
Briefly, my invention is directed to a bedsheet suitable for covering one side of a bed covering 10, being folded over the marginal edges of the cover, and being capable of being secured by means of buttons 22 to the other side of said cover comprising: a bedsheet having a covering portion generally conforming to the shape of a rightangled parallelogram and marginal flaps 14 and 15 extending outwardly therefrom; each of said flaps having a fold line extending substantially parallel to its ad acent marginal edge so that each flap may be folded inwardly along said line; one group of opposed flaps 14 being rectangularly shaped; each of the other opposed flaps 15 being trapezoidal in shape, the base of the trapezolds of said trapezoidal flaps being defined by their fold hues; a fold corner at each intersection of intersecting fold lines of adjacent, substantially perpendicularly positioned flaps; said fold corner being positioned at the apex f an obtuse angle formed by the adjacent ends of said perpendicularly positioned flaps; all of said flaps thus being shaped so as to permit them to be folded over one side of a cover, secured to the other side of the cover, and said United States Patent 0 2,821,723 Patented Feb. 4, 1958 adjacent ends of said perpendicularly positioned flaps to at least partially overlap each other; and button holes 17, 18, 19, and 20 positioned adjacent the marginal edge of each of the flaps. Button holes 18 and 20 are centrally positioned on the flaps whereas holes 17 and 19 are at the ends of the flaps.
The marginal edges and ends of the flaps have a folded-over reinforcing hem 25, and the ends of the flaps have button holes 17 and 19 positioned contiguous to the hem that will be in overlapping alignment when the flaps are folded along their fold lines and said adjacent ends of the perpendicularly positioned flaps at least partially overlap each other as shown in Figures 2 and 3.
The oblique ends 16 of the flaps 15, as shown in Figures 2 and 3, are folded over to form triangular tabs 26 which are sewn in the manner shown in Figure 3 to give two-ply strength to the flaps 15 in the regions of button holes 19 at the ends of the flaps.
One of the outstanding features of my bedsheet is that the fold corners may be easily fabricated and folded so as to provide a neat appearance. In addition, the reinforcing hem and tab give added strength to the sheet.
As shown in Figure 2, the flaps may be folded so as to lend a mitered appearance to the sheet at the fold corners.
When the quilt and sheet have been assembled as stated and put into use, it will be apparent that a full sheet is provided underneath the quilt as a lining or separating medium for the comfort of the sleeper, while the edge portions of the sheet are positively secured to the quilt by means of the series of buttons, so that it is impossible for the sheet to creep at any time or in any direction.
It is now apparent that the assembly of the quilt and sheet may be quickly put together by simply inserting the quilt in the sheet and putting the buttons through the buttonholes. The securing means are sufficiently few to make the task relatively brief in duration and slight in effort, so that the encased quilt may be made ready for use very quickly. Yet, when the laundering or cleaning of the quilt or sheet is required, it is a very simple matter to separate the two components for that purpose. At such time, the buttons 22 may be removed but sewed back again when the quilt is laid back into the sheet and the positions of the buttons ascertained by means of the buttonholes. The novel sheet therefore not only provides a separating medium which keeps its place as a full cover for the sleeper without the chances of any discomfort or irritation, but also makes it possible to encase a rough or fuzzy blanket against any contact with the sleeper when he is partly covered or nude. In this connection, the permanent separating sheet saves the blanket from absorbing body odors or becoming unduly soiled from body contact and therefore harder to clean. Further, the novel sheet may be washed and ironed with facility, since it has no buttons or pockets and may be fully opened out, the latter feature making it possible to iron the sheet in quantities by way of mangling machines, such as for use in hotels. Further, the sheet makes it possible to insert a second quilt or comforter underneath the regular one in case of very cold weather, such insertion or the removal of the quilt or comforter being an easy matter. Finally, the novel sheet is an article which may be made by ordinary or machine sewing methods with facility, whereby to be available at reasonable cost.
While I have described the invention along specific lines, various minor changes or refinements may be made therein without departing from its principle, and I reserve the right to employ all such changes and refinements as may come within the scope and spirit of the appended claims.
1. A bedsheet suitable for covering one side of a bed cover, being folded over the marginal edges of the cover, and being capable of being secured to the other sideof said cover comprising: a bedsheet having a covering portion generally conforming to the shape of a right-angled parallelogram and marginal flaps extending outwardly therefrom; each of said flaps having a fold line extending substantially parallel to its adjacent marginal edge so that each flap may be folded inwardly along said line; one group of opposed flaps being rectangularly shaped; each of the other opposed flaps being formed in trapezoidal shape by folding the opposite ends on a bias, the base of the trapezoids of said trapezoidal flaps being defined by their respective fold lines; a fold corner at each intersection of intersecting fold lines of adjacent, substantially perpendicularlypositioned flaps; said fold corner being positioned at the apex of an obtuse angle formed by the adjacent ends of said perpendicularly positioned flaps; all of said flaps adapted to be folded over one side of a cover, secured to the other side of the cover, and said adjacent ends of said perpendicularly positioned flaps to at least partially overlap each other; and buttoning means positioned adjacent the marginal edge of each of the flaps.
2. The bedsheet set forth in claim 1 wherein the ends of the flaps have button holes that will be in overlapping alignment when the flaps are folded along their fold lines and said adjacent ends of said perpendicularly positioned flaps at least partially overlap each other.
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