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PublikasjonsnummerUS20080115271 A1
PublikasjonstypeSøknad
SøknadsnummerUS 11/561,884
Publiseringsdato22. mai 2008
Arkivdato20. nov 2006
Prioritetsdato20. nov 2006
Publikasjonsnummer11561884, 561884, US 2008/0115271 A1, US 2008/115271 A1, US 20080115271 A1, US 20080115271A1, US 2008115271 A1, US 2008115271A1, US-A1-20080115271, US-A1-2008115271, US2008/0115271A1, US2008/115271A1, US20080115271 A1, US20080115271A1, US2008115271 A1, US2008115271A1
OppfinnerePaula J. Wiley
Opprinnelig patentinnehaverWiley Paula J
Eksporter sitatBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
Eksterne linker: USPTO, USPTO-tildeling, Espacenet
Top sheet and bottom sheet combination bedclothing
US 20080115271 A1
Sammendrag
This patent discloses a bedding article having a lower sheet attached to an upper sheet. The lower sheet may include a support section surrounded by a foot panel, a head panel, a right panel, and a left panel. The foot panel may include a first notch and a second notch and the head panel may include a third notch and a fourth notch. An area between a first acute corner of the first notch and a second acute corner of the second notch may form a bend region. The upper sheet may include a top section and a warmth section, where the warmth section may be positioned between a bottom, a top, an upper right section, and an upper left section. The foot panel may be attached to the right panel and to the left panel. The head panel may be attached to the right panel and to the left panel. The bottom of the upper sheet between the upper right section and upper left section may be attached to the bend region of the lower sheet.
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1. A bedding article, comprising:
a lower sheet having four corners and defining a lower sheet height and a lower sheet width that is smaller than the lower sheet height, where the lower sheet includes a support section surrounded by a foot panel, a head panel, a right panel, and a left panel, where the support section forms a region width and a region height and where the foot panel includes a first notch near a first corner and a second notch near a second corner and where the head panel includes a third notch near a third corner and a fourth notch near a fourth corner, where an area between a first acute corner of the first notch and a second acute corner of the second notch forms a bend region; and
an upper sheet defining an upper sheet height and an upper sheet width and including a top section and a warmth section, where the warmth section is positioned between a bottom, a top, an upper right section, and an upper left section such that dimensions of the warmth section equal the region width and the region height of the support section,
where the foot panel is attached to the right panel at the first notch by a right foot seam and attached to the left panel at the second notch by a left foot seam,
where the head panel is attached to the right panel at the third notch by a right head seam and attached to the left panel at the fourth notch by a left head seam, and
where the bottom of the upper sheet between the upper right section and upper left section is attached to the bend region of the lower sheet by a union seam.
2. The bedding article of claim 1, where a continuous stitch forms the left foot seam, the union seam, and the right foot seam.
3. The bedding article of claim 1, where elastic material is attached about a perimeter edge of the lower sheet.
4. The bedding article of claim 1, where at least one of the first notch, the second notch, the third notch and the fourth notch is located at their respective corner.
5. The bedding article of claim 1, where at least one of the lower sheet and the upper sheet includes a percale weave.
6. The bedding article of claim 1, where the bedding article includes no more than three seams.
7. The bedding article of claim 1, where the lower sheet further includes a notch height and a notch distance, and the upper sheet includes a right section width and a left section width, each of which is identified by the respective equation,

Lower sheet width=W+(2×D)+(2×T)   (1)

Lower sheet height =L+(2×D)+(2×T)   (2)

Notch height=D+T   (3)

Notch distance=D+T   (4)

Upper sheet width=W+(2×SBD)   (5)

Upper sheet height=L+12 inches   (6)

Right section width=SBD   (7)

Left section width=SBD   (8)
where
T=Amount of fabric for tuck in+hems, SBD=Bed Side Board Depth, L=The length of a mattress, W=The width of the mattress, and D=Depth of the mattress.
8. A bedding article, comprising:
a lower sheet having four corners and defining a lower sheet height and a lower sheet width that is smaller than the lower sheet height, where the lower sheet includes a support section surrounded by a foot panel, a head panel, a right panel, and a left panel, where the support section forms a region width and a region height, where the lower sheet includes corners, including a first corner, a second corner, a third corner, and a fourth corner and where the lower sheet includes a bottom panel that extends around a bottom perimeter of the lower sheet and through each corner to form a bottom edge, where the bottom panel is four inches;
elastic included all around the bottom perimeter near bottom edge, where the elastic is durable ½ inch double-sewn elastic;
an upper sheet defining an upper sheet height and an upper sheet width and including a top section and a warmth section, where the warmth section is positioned between a bottom, a top, an upper right section, and an upper left section such that dimensions of the warmth section equal the region width and the region height of the support section; and
a fabric connecting strip, where a first connecting strip edge of the fabric connecting strip is stitched to the foot panel, where the foot panel is a four inch panel on a foot end of the lower sheet, and where a second connecting strip edge of the fabric connecting strip is stitched to the bottom section of the warmth section of the top sheet.
9. The bedding article of claim 8, where the lower sheet and the upper sheet are made of wrinkle-free, fade-resistant fabric having a thread count range of 200 to 1,000.
10. The bedding article of claim 9, where the lower sheet and the upper sheet include one of a thread count of 200, 300, 400, and 500.
11. The bedding article of claim 8, where four panel seams attach the foot panel, the right panel, the left panel, and the head panel to each other.
12. The bedding article of claim 8, where the corners include deep pockets that directly engage and surround the corners of a mattress.
13. The bedding article of claim 8, where the top section, the upper right section, and the upper left section hang approximately one foot below the edges of the lower section, where the upper sheet includes the initials P. J. W., where the lower sheet incorporates two pillow covers into the lower sheet, where, when the top sheet is folded up over the bottom sheet, slack created by the fabric connecting strip is configured to provide sufficient room to comfortably fit feet and legs, and where the bottom sheet and the top sheet are of matching lengths and all unit components are of equal width.
14. A method to manufacture a bedding article, the method comprising:
presenting a lower sheet having four corners and defining a lower sheet height and a lower sheet width that is smaller than the lower sheet height, where the lower sheet includes a support section surrounded by a foot panel, a head panel, a right panel, and a left panel, where the support section forms a region width and a region height;
forming a first notch in the foot panel near a first corner, a second notch in the foot panel near a second corner, a third notch in the head panel near a third corner, and a fourth notch in the head panel near a fourth corner, where an area between a first acute corner of the first notch and a second acute corner of the second notch forms a bend region;
presenting an upper sheet defining an upper sheet height and an upper sheet width and including a top section and a warmth section, where the warmth section is positioned between a bottom, a top, an upper right section, and an upper left section such that dimensions of the warmth section equal the region width and the region height of the support section;
attaching the foot panel to the right panel at the first notch by a right foot seam, the foot panel to the left panel at the second notch by a left foot seam, the head panel to the right panel at the third notch by a right head seam, and the head panel to the left panel at the fourth notch by a left head seam; and
attaching the bottom of the upper sheet between the upper right section and upper left section to the bend region of the lower sheet by a union seam.
15. The method of claim 14, where the left foot seam, the union seam, and the right foot seam are formed by a continuous stitch.
16. The method of claim 14, where the bedding article includes no more than three seams.
Beskrivelse
    BACKGROUND
  • [0001]
    1. Field of Endeavor
  • [0002]
    The information disclosed in this patent relates to bedding articles and more particularly to a top sheet attached to a bottom sheet to form corners to which elastic may be added. This bedding article may be adapted to directly overlay and directly underlay a bed occupant as well as snugly fit boxed shape contours of a bed mattress.
  • [0003]
    2. Background Information
  • [0004]
    A bed structure for sleeping may include a bed frame supporting a bed mattress on top of a bed box spring. Bedding or bedclothing typically includes coverings that may be used on the bed structure for the benefit of a person sleeping on that bed. From above the bed down, bedclothing may include pillow shams, pillowcases, blankets (quilts, duvets, and comforters), a top (flat) sheet, a fitted (contoured) sheet, a mattress pad (flat, anchor band, fitted, wrap, or waterproof), and a valance (bed frill, dust ruffle, or skirt). With so many coverings, it usually takes a lot of time and energy to make up a bed.
  • [0005]
    While people sleep, it is common for the top sheet of their bed to slide off the bed in the middle of the night. Groggy people have difficulty in properly re-covering themselves with the top sheet once it has fallen off the bed. Another problem with the top sheet is that a person's feet become uncovered as that person rolls onto their side and snuggles into the top sheet. Instead of working on sleeping, the person then spends the time trying to get the top sheet to cover their feet while remaining snuggled in the top sheet.
  • [0006]
    What is needed is an article to make the dreaded chore of making the bed easier and to keep the top sheet from completely sliding off the bed.
  • SUMMARY
  • [0007]
    This patent discloses a bedding article having a lower sheet attached to an upper sheet. The lower sheet may include a support section surrounded by a foot panel, a head panel, a right panel, and a left panel. The foot panel may include a first notch and a second notch and the head panel may include a third notch and a fourth notch. An area between a first acute corner of the first notch and a second acute corner of the second notch may form a bend region. The upper sheet may include a top section and a warmth section, where the warmth section may be positioned between a bottom, a top, an upper right section, and an upper left section. The foot panel may be attached to the right panel and to the left panel. The head panel may be attached to the right panel and to the left panel. The bottom of the upper sheet between the upper right section and upper left section may be attached to the bend region of the lower sheet.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES
  • [0008]
    FIG. 1 is an isometric bottom view of a bedding article 100;
  • [0009]
    FIG. 2 is an exploded view of bedding article 100;
  • [0010]
    FIG. 3 is an exploded view of a bedding article 300; and
  • [0011]
    FIG. 4 is a method 400 to manufacture bedding article 100.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • [0012]
    FIG. 1 is an isometric bottom view of a bedding article 100. Bedding article 100 may be adapted to directly overlay and directly underlay a bed occupant as well as snugly fit a bed mattress. Included with bedding article 100 may be a lower sheet 102 and an upper sheet 104.
  • [0013]
    Lower sheet 102 may be a bedding sheet having corners to directly engage and surround the corners of a mattress and elastic edges so that lower sheet 102 may be maintained in place on mattress. Included with lower sheet 102 may be a support section 106, a foot panel 108, a head panel 110, a right panel 112, and a left panel 114. Support section 106 may be configured to underlay a bed occupant directly to support that occupant and panels 108, 110, 112, and 114 may aid in positioning lower sheet 102 over a mattress. Foot panel 108 may be closer to the feet of a bed occupant and head panel 110 may be closer to the head of a bed occupant.
  • [0014]
    The terms left panel and right panel may be derived from a view of a person standing near foot panel 108 and looking towards head panel 110. A view of a person standing near head panel 110 and looking towards foot panel 108 may see panel 112 as being left and panel 114 as being right. The terms left panel and right panel are used in this patent to aid in the discussion and are not to be construed as limiting the arrangements of bedding article 100.
  • [0015]
    Foot panel 108 may be attached to right panel 112 by a right foot seam 116 and to left panel 114 by a left foot seam 118. In turn, right panel 112 may be attached to head panel 110 by a right head seam 120 and left panel 114 may be attached to head panel 110 by a left head seam 122. The meeting of foot panel 108, right panel 112, head panel 110, and left panel 114 may form a perimeter edge 124 at a location remote from support section 106. Perimeter edge 124 may be a selvage edge in that perimeter edge 124 may be woven so that perimeter edge 124 may not fray or ravel. To maintain lower sheet 102 in place on a mattress, elastic material 126 may be attached about perimeter edge 124, particularly in a right foot corner 128, a left foot corner 130, a right head corner 132, and a left head corner 134.
  • [0016]
    Upper sheet 104 may be a bedding sheet to directly overlay a bed occupant and provide a decorative effect along sides of a made up bed. Included with upper sheet 104 may be a warmth section 136 positioned between a bottom 138, a top 140 and top section 141, an upper right section 142 and an upper left section 144. Warmth section 136 may be configured to overlay a bed occupant directly and often may be used to provide warmth to that occupant.
  • [0017]
    In forming right foot corner 128 and left foot corner 130 a bend region 146 may be formed from support section 106 and foot panel 108. Bottom 138 of upper sheet 104 may be attached to lower sheet 102 at bend region 146 at a union seam 147. Attaching lower sheet 102 to upper sheet 104 may form bedding article 100.
  • [0018]
    FIG. 2 is an exploded view of bedding article 100. As noted above, bedding article 100 may include lower sheet 102 and upper sheet 104. Each sheet 102, 104 may be made from a rectangular area of fabric having fibers composed of two or three strands (plies) that are twisted and then weaved to achieve a particular thread count. The fibers may be short or long and made from cotton, polyester, or a blend of cotton and polyester. The number of twists may range from 150 to 1,200 twists per meter. The weave may be at least one of percale, sateen, pinpoint, jersey, and flannel and the thread count may range from 80 to 700 threads per square inch of fabric, but a range of 180 to 320 threads per square inch of fabric is preferred. A thread count of 200, 300, 400, or 500 may be used for the fabric. A bed occupant looking for a crisp sheet will prefer the percale weave to the sateen weave. Percale sheets are generally less likely to pill than other weaves of sheets, especially in higher thread counts.
  • [0019]
    As noted above, lower sheet 102 may include support section 106 (shown between the dotted lines in FIG. 2), foot panel 108, head panel 110, right panel 112, and left panel 114. Lower sheet 102 additionally may form a lower sheet width 202 and a lower sheet height 204. To create a head and foot arrangement for lower sheet 102, lower sheet width 202 maybe smaller than lower sheet height 204.
  • [0020]
    Material may be removed from each end of lower sheet 102 to form notches in foot panel 108 and head panel 110. For example, material may be removed from foot panel 108 to form a first notch 206 and a second notch 208. In addition, material may be removed from head panel 110 to form a third notch 210 and a fourth notch 212. Each notch 206, 208, 210, and 212 may include an acute corner 214, 216, 218, and 220, respectively, and two obtuse corners, 222-224, 226-228, 230-232, and 234-236, respectively. Each notch 206, 208, 210, and 212 may be symmetrical with respect to itself. Between each set of two obtuse corners and one local acute corner may be two edges that, when attached together, may form right foot corner 128, left foot corner 130, right head corner 132, and left head corner 134 of FIG. 1. For example, when the edges of notch 208 are brought together in the direction of arrow 237, the arrangement may form left foot corner 130.
  • [0021]
    Each notch 206, 208, 210, and 212 may form a notch height as measured in the direction of lower sheet height 204 from a local obtuse corner, with a notch height 238 being representative of all four notch heights. Each notch 206, 208, 210, and 212 may form a notch distance as measured in the direction of lower sheet width 202 from a local region of perimeter edge 124, with a notch distance 240 being representative of all four notch distances.
  • [0022]
    In addition to the dotted lines in FIG. 2, a region between acute corner 214, acute corner 216, acute corner 218, and acute corner 220 may identify support section 106. Here, support section 106 may form a region width 242 and a region height 244, where each may be measured between two acute corners as illustrated in FIG. 2.
  • [0023]
    Lower sheet 102 may include four corners, where foot panel 108 may include first notch 208 near a first corner and include second notch 210 near a second corner. Head panel 110 may include third notch 210 near a third corner and fourth notch 212 near a fourth corner. Being near a corner may mean being at or within a short distance from that corner.
  • [0024]
    As noted above, upper sheet 104 may include a warmth section 136 (shown by hatched lines in FIG. 2), a bottom 138, a top 140, a top section 141, an upper right section 142, and an upper left section 144. Warmth section 136 may be configured to overlay a bed occupant directly and often may be used to provide warmth to that occupant. Upper sheet 104 additionally may form an upper sheet width 246 and an upper sheet height 248. To create a head and foot arrangement for upper sheet 104, upper sheet width 246 maybe smaller than upper sheet height 248.
  • [0025]
    Region width 242 and region height 244 of lower sheet 104 also may be used as a width and a length of warmth section 136 of upper sheet 104. Thus, upper sheet width 246 may be divided into region width 242 plus a right section width 250 and a left section width 252, where right section width 250 and left section width 252 substantially may equal each other. Moreover, upper sheet height 248 may be divided into region height 244 plus a top section height 254.
  • [0026]
    To assemble bedding article 100, bottom 138 of upper sheet 104 between right section width 250 and left section width 252 may be brought into contact with bend region 146 of lower sheet 102. The edges of each notch 206, 208, 210, and 212 may be brought in contact with each other. Stitching may be passed from obtuse corners 222-224 through bend region 146 and a portion of bottom 138 and then to obtuse corners 226-228 to form right foot seam 116, union seam 147, and left foot seam 118 of FIG. 1. Right head seam 120 and left head seam 122 (FIG. 1) may be created as well and elastic material 126 may be added along perimeter edge 124.
  • [0027]
    Typically, corners of a fitted sheet have stitching running along the corners perpendicular to the fitted sheet upper surface or sides of a fitted sheet at an angle to the fitted sheet upper surface. However, the overhang provided at bottom 138 by upper right section 142 and upper left section 144 may interfere with a process of stitching running along the corners or sides of lower sheet 102. Advantageously, stitches 116 and stitches 118 may run along the ends of lower sheet 102 at an acute angle to support surface 106 and along foot panel 108.
  • [0028]
    Placing notches 206 and 208 along foot panel 108 importantly avoids such interference by moving stitches 116 and stitches 118 away from upper right section 142 and upper left section 144 of upper sheet 104. In addition, placing notches 206 and 208 along foot panel 108 importantly permits right foot corner 128, left foot corner 130, lower sheet 102, and upper sheet 104 all to be assembled with a single seam with as little movement of lower sheet 102 as possible. Since stitching 120 and stitching 122 require one stitching each, bedding article 100 may be assembled with no more than three stitching processes, unlike typical fitted sheets which require at least four separate stitching processes. Thus, in one example, the left foot seam 118, union seam 147, and right foot seam 116 are one seam, right head seam 120 is one seam, and left head seam 122 is one seam such that the bedding article 100 may include no more than three seams.
  • [0029]
    Bedding article 100 may display a top view seam and decorative stitching at the union of lower sheet 102 and upper sheet 104. It may be desirable to hide this seam. A top view display may then reveal only decorative stitching.
  • [0030]
    FIG. 3 is an exploded view of a bedding article 300. Bedding article 300 may have similar features and functions as bedding article 100. In bedding article 100, the material that is used to create right foot corner 128 (FIG. 1) and left foot corner 130 (FIG. 1) was contained in lower sheet 102. For bedding article 300, part of the material that may be used to create right foot corner 128 (FIG. 1) and left foot corner 130 (FIG. 1) (e.g., most of foot panel 108) may be removed from the lower sheet and included with the upper sheet. Thus, the seam joining the upper sheet and lower sheet will be on the side facing the bed and hidden by this material added to the upper sheet.
  • [0031]
    Bedding article 300 may include a lower sheet 302 and an upper sheet 304. In addition to features numerically identified in FIG. 3 and already described, lower sheet 302 may include a bend edge 306 between an acute corner 308 and acute corner 310. In addition to features numerically identified in FIG. 3 and already described, upper sheet 304 may include at bottom 138 a foot tab 312 having obtuse corner 224 and obtuse corner 226. Sewing together lower sheet 302 and upper sheet 304 may form foot panel 108, first notch 206, second notch 208, acute corner 214, and acute corner 216.
  • [0032]
    To provide some perspective, it may be helpful to provide example dimensions for lower sheet 102 and upper sheet 104.
  • [0000]

    Lower sheet width 202=W+(2×D)+(2×T)   (1)
  • [0000]

    Lower sheet height 204=L+(2×D)+(2×T)   (2)
  • [0000]

    Notch height 238=D+T   (3)
  • [0000]

    Notch distance 240=D+T   (4)
  • [0000]

    Upper sheet width 246=W+(2×SBD)   (5)
  • [0000]

    Upper sheet height 248=L+12 inches   (6)
  • [0000]

    Right section width 250=SBD   (7)
  • [0000]

    Left section width 252=SBD   (8)
  • [0033]
    where
  • [0034]
    T=Amount of fabric for tuck in+hems,
  • [0035]
    SBD=Bed Side Board Depth,
  • [0036]
    L=The length of the mattress,
  • [0037]
    W=The width of the mattress, and
  • [0038]
    D=Depth of the mattress.
  • [0039]
    Deep corners pockets may be achieved where four inches of material extend under the mattress bottom as tuck in+hems (T=8 inches). The deep corner pockets may be held in place using ½-inch elastic as elastic material 126. Bed sideboard depth typically may be 18 inches (SBD=14 inches). Determining the length, width, and depth may require a chart.
  • [0040]
    Table I below identifies standard sizes of commercial bedding for mattresses in the United States:
  • [0000]
    TABLE I
    Name U.S. size (width × length) Comment
    Bassinet 13 in × 29 in (0.33 m × 0.74 m)
    Baby bed 28 in × 52 in (0.71 m × 1.32 m) a.k.a. crib
    Hospital Twin 36 in × 80 in (1 m × 2.05 m)
    Single, Twin 39 in × 75 in (1 m × 1.9 m)
    Twin Extra Long 39 in × 80 in (1 m × 2.05 m) Popular college
    dormitory size
    Three Quarter 48 in × 75 in (1.2 m × 1.9 m) Mostly obsolete size
    Double, Full 54 in × 75 in (1.35 m× 1.9 m)
    Full Extra Long 54 in × 80 in (1.35 m × 2.05 m)
    Queen 60 in × 80 in (1.5 m× 2.05 m)
    California Queen 60 in × 84 in (1.5 m × 2.15 m)
    Olympic Queen 66 in × 80 in (1.7 m × 2.05 m)
    California King 72 in × 84 in (1.85 m × 2.15 m) a.k.a. West Coast
    King or WC King.
    King 76 in × 80 in (1.95 m × 2.05 m) a.k.a. U.S. King,
    Eastern King,
    Super King
  • [0041]
    The dimensions in Table I are for the mattress—the actual bed frame may be a little bigger to fully encompass and support the mattress and box spring. The depth of a mattress may vary considerably, particularly for pillow top mattresses which may require extra deep fitted sheets and bedding. A mattress depth may be measured from the top of a box spring on which a mattress sits to the bottom of a yardstick horizontally lain on top of the mattress. Table II below identifies standard depths of commercial bedding for mattresses in the United States:
  • [0000]
    TABLE II
    Name U.S. size
    Standard Depth  7 to 9 inches
    Deep Mattress 10 to 15 inches
    Extra Deep 16 to 22 inches
  • [0042]
    In 1999, the queen-size mattress beat the twin-size to become the U.S. most popular choice for mattress size for the first time ever. In addition, most mattresses have a thickness from six to eighteen inches, with an average being twelve inches. Thus, the example will utilize the 60 in×80 in dimensions for a 12-inch thick queen-size mattress.
  • [0043]
    Thus, T=8 inches, SBD=14 inches, L=80 inches, W=60 inches, D=12 inches and
  • [0000]

    100 in=Lower sheet width 202=W+(2×D)+(2×T)   (1)
  • [0000]

    120 in=Lower sheet height 204=L+(2×D)+(2×T)   (2)
  • [0000]

    20 in=Notch height 238=D+T   (3)
  • [0000]

    20 in=Notch distance 240=D+T   (4)
  • [0000]

    88 in=Upper sheet width 246=W+(2×SBD)   (5)
  • [0000]

    92 in=Upper sheet height 248=L+12 inches   (6)
  • [0000]

    Right section width 250=14 inches   (7)
  • [0000]

    Left section width 252=14 inches   (8)
  • [0044]
    FIG. 4 is a method 400 to manufacture bedding article 100. To track the example above, method 400 will address manufacture bedding article 100 for a queen-size mattress where T=8 inches, SBD=14 inches, L=80 inches, W=60 inches, and D=12 inches.
  • [0045]
    At step 402, obtain lower sheet 102 having lower sheet width 202 and lower sheet height 204. In the example, obtain a 100 inch×120 inch fabric sheet having four corners. At step 404, obtain upper sheet 104 having upper sheet width 202 and upper sheet height 240. In the example, obtain an 88 inch×92 inch fabric sheet. At step 406, put upper sheet 104 to the side.
  • [0046]
    At step 408, measure notch height 238 and notch distance 240 from each of the four corners of lower sheet 102 and place a first mark at each location where each acute corner 214, 216, 218, and 220 will be located. At step 410, fold over right panel 112 and a left panel 114 so that each fold aligns with two acute corner marks and the sides of lower sheet 102 are touching support section 106. At step 412, measure notch distance 240 along the ends of lower sheet 102 from each of the new four corners of lower sheet 102 and place a second mark at each location where an obtuse corner, 222-224, 226-228, 230-232, and 234-236 will be located. There should be four first-mark and second-mark pairs.
  • [0047]
    At step 414, cut lower sheet 102 between each first mark and second mark pairs. Alternatively, step 414 may leave 0.5-inch seam allowance. At step 416, unfold lower sheet 102. Lower sheet 102 should appear similar to lower sheet 102 illustrated in FIG. 2. Notches 206-210 may be made by any straightforward method, such as making V-shaped cuts in to lower sheet 102.
  • [0048]
    At step 418, pin and stitch the cut edges together. At step 420, pin and stitch together the cut edges of notch 210 and the cut edges of notch 212. At step 422, pin together the cut edges of notch 206 and the cut edges of notch 208.
  • [0049]
    At step 424, measure right section width 250 from a corner of upper sheet 104 along bottom 138 and place a third mark. At step 426, measure a left section width 252 from a corner of upper sheet 104 along bottom 138 and place a fourth mark. At step 428, align the third mark to acute corner 214 and align the fourth mark to acute corner 216. At step 430, stitch together the cut edges of notch 206, then lower sheet 102 and upper sheet 104, and the cut edges of notch 208.
  • [0050]
    At step 432, neaten the edges of each seam 116, 118, 120, and 122 (FIG. 1) by over locking or zigzag stitch. At step 434 with the mattress side facing up, turn up a double 0.5-inch hem all round lower sheet 102. At step 436, pin the hem.
  • [0051]
    At step 438, measure eight inches in both direction from each corner and mark. At step 440, stitch the hem leaving a one-inch gap at each of these marks. At step 442, thread elastic material 126 in through one gap, around a first corner and out through the next gap. At step 444, gather the corner by pulling elastic material 126 taut. At step 446, stitch the gaps in the hem while securing the ends of elastic material 126 in the stitches. At step 448, trim off the excess elastic material. At step 450, repeat steps 442 through step 448 for the remaining three corners.
  • [0052]
    FIG. 5 is an isometric top view of a bedding article 500. Bedding article 500 may include a fitted and a flat sheet stitched into a single unit to provide a convenient way to keep bed liners neat and orderly. Adapted to directly overlay and directly underlay a bed occupant as well as snugly fit a bed mattress, bedding article 500 may be made of wrinkle-free, fade-resistant fabric with 200 to 1,000 thread count. For example, bedding article 500 may include 200, 300, 400, and 500 thread count fabrics and be produced in a variety of prints and solid colors.
  • [0053]
    Bedding article 500 may be a three-piece unit that may include a fitted sheet (or lower sheet) 502 and a flat sheet (or upper sheet) 504 joined together with a fabric connecting strip (or back strip) 506.
  • [0054]
    Lower sheet 502 may include a support section 508, a foot panel 510, a right panel 512, and a head panel and left panel (hidden in view shown). Four panel seams, including right foot seam 513, may be on all four sides to attach foot, right, left, and head panels to each other. In addition, lower sheet 502 may include a first corner 514, a second corner 516, a third corner 518, and a fourth corner 520 (not shown in view).
  • [0055]
    FIG. 6 is a section view of corner 516 taken off of line 6-6 of FIG. 5. Lower sheet 502 may include a bottom panel 522 that may extend around a bottom perimeter of lower sheet 502 through each corners 514, 516, 518, and 520 to form a bottom edge 524. Elastic 526 may be included all around the bottom perimeter near bottom edge 524.
  • [0056]
    Corners 514, 516, 518, and 520 may include deep pockets that may directly engage and surround the corners of a mattress. Bottom panel 522 may be four inches and include ½ inch durable elastic 526 around the entire lower sheet 502 and fit underneath bottom edges of a mattress to secure lower sheet 502. Elastic 526 may be durable ½ inch double-sewn elastic.
  • [0057]
    Lower sheet 502 may have dimensions that permit use of lower sheet 502 on a king mattress, a queen mattress, a standard mattress, and a mattress having a pillow on top. Lower sheet 502 may incorporate two pillow covers into lower sheet 502. For example, all four edges of a side of each pillow cover may be sewn to lower sheet 502 so that the two pillow covers are adjacent to each other and positioned near a top section 532 of upper sheet 504 when upper sheet 504 is folded over lower sheet 502.
  • [0058]
    Upper sheet 504 may be a bedding sheet to directly overlay a bed occupant and provide a decorative effect along sides of a made up bed. Included with upper sheet 504 may be a warmth section 528 positioned between a bottom section 530 (hidden beneath fabric connecting strip 506 in FIG. 5), top section 532, an upper right section 534 and an upper left section 536. Upper sheet 504 may include a single, seamless piece of fabric and may be sized large enough to permit top section 532, upper right section 534 and upper left section 536 to drape toward the floor so that top section 532, upper right section 534 and upper left section 536 hang approximately one foot below the edges of the bed. One foot of upper sheet 504 fabric may extend over the bottom of the mattress. Upper sheet 504 may include initials 538, such as P. J. W. written in script.
  • [0059]
    As noted above, fabric connecting strip 506 may joined together bottom sheet 502 with top sheet 504 to form bedding article 500. A first connecting strip edge 540 may be stitched to foot panel 510. Foot panel 510 may be a four inch panel on a foot end of fitted sheet 502. A second connecting strip edge may be stitched to bottom section (foot end) 542 of warmth section 528 of top sheet 504. When top sheet 504 is folded up over bottom sheet 502, the slack created by fabric connecting strip 506 may provide ample foot and leg room.
  • [0060]
    Bottom sheet 502 and top sheet 504 may be of matching lengths, and all unit components may be of equal width. Sheet measurements may be vary to fit mattresses of different sizes. In one embodiment, foot panel 510 and fabric connecting strip 506 are the same element and first connecting strip edge 540 is eliminated.
  • [0061]
    The bedding article includes many advantages. For example, the bedding article enables users to make beds with a minimum expenditure of time and effort and ensures that top and bottom sheets may be automatically matched and stored together. The convenient one-piece construction may eliminate lost, separated, or mismatched sheet sets. Ideal for use in the home or in the hospitality industry, the bedding article makes it easier to keep a neat, orderly bedroom by simplifying the tasks of making beds, laundering sheets and storing bed linens. The bedding article may be sold in housewares stores, home furnishing stores, retailers of bed linens, department stores, discount and mass merchandising stores, warehouse clubs and super stores, wholesalers of linens and draperies, wholesalers of home furnishing, televised home shopping programs, internet web sites, and mail-order catalogs.
  • [0062]
    Bedding article 100 may function to save individuals time and energy while making up a bed and largely eliminate the hassle of a separate fitted sheet and top sheet. Bedding article 100 may be easier to attach to the mattress than a typical fitted sheet and may completely cover the bed.
  • [0063]
    Appealing features the bedding article include its two in-one design, timesaving, energy-saving, convenience, ease of use, practicality, effectiveness, durability, reusability, and appeal. The bedding article may be produced in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors to coordinate with any bedroom decor. Preferably, the bedding article may be made of a wrinkle-free material that may keep its color after many washings. This line of bedding also may add a fashionable flair to any bedroom in which it was displayed. Because of its structural arrangement, the bedding article may provide a more decorative, neat, and professional utility look in any bedroom.
  • [0064]
    The bedding article may provide a permanent partial tuck near an individual's feet. Other portions of the upper sheet may be folded under a mattress to form a type of enclosed sleeping environment—like a sleeping bag. Alternatively, some sleepers like to just be able to take the top sheet and scrunch them and swish them and swirl them so that they are not all tucked in. These individuals like to have a lot of room to, for example, have their toes pointed upward. Accordingly, top section 141, upper right section 142, and upper left section 144 may lie freely atop the mattress, allowing freedom of movement and the ability to point ones covered toes upward while sleeping.
  • [0065]
    The information disclosed herein is provided merely to illustrate principles and should not be construed as limiting the scope of the subject matter of the terms of the claims. The written specification and figures are, accordingly, to be regarded in an illustrative rather than a restrictive sense. Moreover, the principles disclosed may be applied to achieve the advantages described herein and to achieve other advantages or to satisfy other objectives, as well.
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Klassifiseringer
Klassifisering i USA5/497, 5/482
Internasjonal klassifiseringA47G9/02
PatentklassifiseringA47G9/02
European Classification (ECLA)A47G9/02