Welcome to a new holiday segment on my blog! Every Monday, from now 'till Christmas, I will have a handmade idea for you to use in your holiday crafting! This first tutorial is something that I did at the very start of this little blog - so excuse some of the pics - I was still getting acquainted with my camera.
This is a fairly simple project and inexpensive to make. When you pair it with some tea or coffee you have a thoughtful gift sure to be appreciated by many.
You will need:
1 yard of soft cotton
( I drew mine, but you can buy some here for a good price)
water soluble pen
Step 1: I used a pillowcase I already had as a pattern, matching up one edge to the fold of the fabric.
Add 4 1/2 inches to the left edge to create the folded opening.
Step 2: Cut out the rectangle - mine ended up being 34x19. (One of our cats, Pouncey, loves to help:) )Step 3: Open your fabric and fold up 1/4 inch on one the edge you will use for the opening of your pillow case. Press.
Step 4: Fold back 4 1/2 inches on the same edge to make your pillow case opening edge. Press.
Step 5: Now is the time to add any embroidery or embellishment you would like to the edge of your pillow case. I am certainly no expert on hand-embroidery. I simply draw a picture on the fabric with pencil, then fill it in with embroidery floss. If you use a pattern, simply trace the design onto your fabric with a water soluable pen. I work with three strands of floss and use a backstitch.
Step 6: Now topstitch the folded edge down to the pillowcase.
Step 7: Turn your pillowcase right sides together and stitch the long edge and the other end, using a 1/2 seam.
Step 8: Trim the edges of your seams with pinking shears, or zig zag stitch them.
Step 9: Turn the case right sides out and press. All done!
What a cozy gift! Hope you all had a great weekend!