Saturday, September 18, 2010
I have been asked to teach sewing to some teenager friends of mine, as part of their extracurricular activities for homeschool. Their mother and I thought it'd be a great idea to start with a pillowcase, since it's pretty easy and the girls are redecorating their rooms now that they are in high school (older).
Me wanting to be a good teacher, I wanted to make one first so I know what I'm teaching. I haven't made a pillowcase since middle school (more than 15 years ago), but I remember it as my first sewing project and I remember too that I loved that pillowcase. What a sense of accomplishment to know you've made something yourself (and the fabric was a super cute stripe)!
I went to the local fabric store yesterday and wasn't impressed with any of the pillowcase patterns I found. After talking with JoAnne (oh the irony!) at the cutting counter, I figured out a way to make my own pattern.
I washed and dried my fabric (1 1/4 yards for a queen-sized pillowcase) yesterday and started today. I finished two pillowcases in under four hours! Yippee! If I say so myself, they are super cute! More importantly, I think the girls will be intrigued by the fabric.
So in case you're curious, here's what I did:
After washing, drying, and trimming the edges, I folded one of the short ends of the fabric over 1/2" and ironed. Then I folded the fabric over 4" and sewed the hem with a 1/4" seam allowance. Next I attached the ribbon by pinning it 2 1/2" from the finished edge. I sewed 1/4" seam allowance on both sides of the ribbon and trimmed the edges of the ribbon.
I then folded the fabric right sides together and sewed the long end of the fabric and the unfinished short end of the fabric. I trimmed the corners to get rid of some of the bulk, then flipped it right side out. Easy!
I had the idea to add some satin ribbon flowers to the ribbon finish on each pillowcase to add something fun for the girls. I think it might add a feminine touch and still be cute and girly. I ran out of satin ribbon in the cocoa color so I am going back today to get some more to try the flowers.
What do you think? Should I leave them alone or add the flowers?