Can you believe this!!
So addicting… making pillowcases, that is. I have been sewing for five days. And made 27 pillowcases.
The first ones were easy. Measure. Cut. Sew. Follow the pattern instructions. Luckily, I had plenty of fabrics to choose from. And most were the right lengths so I could work with long strips. Those fabrics not immediately fitting the bill lengthwise got set aside for later.
As my completed stack started to build, the “LATERS” soon came back around.
This is how I tackled them.
Not enough fabric for the band? No problem. Add strips from the body fabric.
Use a different fabric for the band back.
And finished!! That about does it for my Barbie fabric. Only small scraps left.
Next, I had this camouflage bandana I wanted to use for a pillowcase band. But it wasn’t long enough.
OK. Removed all the rolled edge stitching. Cut it in half. Ironed on interfacing. Used the body fabric for the back of the band.
And done!! Different. Being creative.
Making do. That what this project is all about. Challenging. But I like challenges. I was determined to use the fabric on hand and NOT rush out to buy more.
I even plan to use the leftover cut strips for something.. I am thinking handbag.
I have thoroughly enjoyed sewing these pillowcases. No matter that I couldn’t make one in nine minutes, as I read somewhere on the net. Nope, mine took longer. Much longer. Why? Because they all have french seams along the sides and bottoms. No visible raw edges. So, no worries during normal usage. I even bought a box of Shout Color Catcher. I attached one sheet to each pillowcase. No worries during the wash cycle.
Though I love working with bright colors, I purposely pulled the grays, blacks, navy and browns to sew with. The lady, at the organization where I am donating these pillowcases, said they needed more boy-themed ones. You can see those on the right.
I had quite a few novelty fabrics to select from in my stash. Airplanes, sports balls, dogs, kitties, spaceships, fish and monkeys. Some were fabrics I bought on a whim. Just because they were cute and on sale. So glad to finally have found a use for them.
Am I done?
Nope.. I want to make one pillowcase each day. Monday through Friday. Five per week. 20 per month. I will keep a running tally on my Sidebar so you can watch my progress.
When I run out of novelty fabrics, I may even do a Swap Jewelry For Fabric offering. My finished jewelry for one or two yards of your novelty fabrics. That might work if there are sewers out there willing to trade. But ONLY novelty fabrics. I have plenty of the other stuff.
Well, thanks for stopping by. Got to go. Number 28 is calling. :D
Go here for the pillowcase instructions. Help a child have sweet dreams. Sew a pillowcase. (Hey!! I think that is what I will call my pillowcase project. Sweet Dreams.)
OH!! Before I forget… come back tomorrow to see what I am giving away in the Sew Mama Sew MAY Giveaway.