I thought I would share some of the handmade gifts I sewed for this past Christmas. A few years ago I found this wonderful tutorial: How to Make a Vintage-Style Pillowcase
on Pleasant View Schoolhouse
and loved it. One neat thing about it is that you can use a more plain or utilitarian fabric for the actual pillowcase and then use a small amount of something more special or fanciful for the trim.
I have made quite a number of these pillowcases for gifts since finding this pattern. I usually leave off the rickrack, which makes it even easier. For me the most difficult part of making these is just working with the large expanse of fabric it takes for a pillowcase, and cutting it to the right size. I made a tracing paper pattern to use, and that does make it easier, but I still struggle with it. Once the fabric is cut it takes very little time -- between a half hour and an hour -- to put one of these together. So, here are some of the ones I made this year:
|For a two-year-old grandson, a transportation print|
|And then there are these! I love this snowy village print!|
I am longing to make several sets of these for myself -- maybe even a set for every season. Perhaps this will be the year I manage to do that!