Thursday, March 31, 2011

My First Pillowcase

A Little Knick Knack hosted a fantastic, three-week, "Sew Basic" series. The entire series taught you the basics of sewing and ended with you making a pillowcase!

First you select fabric. Here I have it all laid out trying to visualize how the two prints will work together. Fabric is Heidi Grace from JoAnn's.
Next you cut. Measure twice, cut once. Or do it my way and measure four times, still cut wrong and have to cut three times. Ahem. Moving on.

Then you sew straight lines. Doesn't that sound easy? Ha. My lines are about as straight as Ricky Martin.

Then you make a ruffle. I must have been doing something wrong because that blasted ruffle almost killed me. What the tutorial didn't say was that to get it to really work you have to yell at the ruffle, stomp out of the room, and come back the next day to work on it.

It turned out alright though and I will try ruffles again someday. When I have enough meds on hand.
In the end, I wound up with this: pillowcase

An actual pillowcase. It FITS the pillow. Therefore, we consider it a huge success.

Huge thanks for the tutorial series, Meg!

Linked up at:
A Little Knick Knack (of course!)
Fingerprints on the Fridge
Lit and Laundry
Everything but the Kitchen Sink @ A Little Knick Knack
Blogger's Pillow Party
Blogger's Pillow Party


  1. Good job! I am going to have to make a pillowcase one day! :) I love the colors!

  2. Hmmm, I find that sometimes crumpling the project up and threatening it does the trick almost as well as yelling.

    Good job! Now we can tell you - ruffles are hard! If you can do that, you can do ANYYTHING! Your pillowcase turned out beautifully. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

  3. Oh wow! That came out so great! I loved seeing another ruffle out there in blogland! Aren't they FUN? I think I'm addicted. You did such a wonderful job and I love your fabric choices--so fun! THANK YOU for participating in this series with us!

  4. Good job on that pillowcase! I have made a couple out of a thrifted bedsheet for my oddly sized pillow. Mine are plain tho, yours is super cute!

  5. Great job! Cute pillowcase! I love ruffles SO much, but I despise making them, so I got a special ruffler foot for my sewing machine. I sew a lot, and I figured a $20 splurge was worth saving me all that ruffle frustration.

  6. Your pillowcase turned out great! I love the fabrics you chose!

  7. Your pillow case turned out awesome! THanks for visiting and your nice comments!

  8. Very cute! It turned out great! The fabric you picked is wonderful! I love your comment about measuring three times and still cutting it wrong! HA! Sounds like me!

  9. That was hilarious, you made me LOL. Now I want to make a pillowcase...

  10. It turned out so nicely! I love the mix of fabrics/color. I haven't tried pillowcases yet, and I am scared of ruffles, but I really really want to try!!

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party! Hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon. :)

  11. Super fun blog! I love the variety of crafts!! The fabulous Momo sent me and I’m a new follower :)
    ~ Lu

  12. So cute! I think yelling, stomping feet, and maybe a few other things must be part of a sewing project. At least they are at my house.

    I don't own a ruffler but I'd like to get one.

    Your first sewing project turned out great. You should be proud of yourself!

  13. It looks very nice. My daughter will want to try this one. Thanks for sharing. I love your honesty. Just out of you listen to Dave Ramsey? Your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon!

  14. So cute! Thanks for posting the link. I want to try my hand at it. My daughter just made one in her (what we used to call home-ec) fashion arts class and now I want one!

  15. Ok, why did I just see the Snoopy cartoon? So funny!
    For coming along and completing this sewing adventure with us, you won 2 free patterns from Dana's tutorial shop at MADE! Congratulations! Email me for the details!

  16. I like that pillow case! I am so new to sewing and although everyone calls ruffles "easy," they are kicking my butt!


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