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Friday, February 20, 2009
Show & Tell Friday for February 20
For show and tell today, I thought I would show all of the pillowcases I made for Christmas gifts this year. I'm calling this the pillowcase parade!
I got the idea for these pillowcases with printed edging from this post by Anna at Pleasant View Schoolhouse. I skipped the rickrack step to make them quicker and easier. I made pillowcases for many folks on our Christmas list this year and am happy to say that I had to buy hardly any fabric at all. I used mostly fabrics I had on hand.
For my older two granddaughters, I used this princess-inspired starry pink print to edge their pillowcases. For grandson Darrin, I made this reindeer-trimmed pillowcase. For his parents, this pretty rose trim will go well with their quilt. For grandson Sam who loves all things Thomas... and you can see that he loved his pillowcase! For granddaughter Julia, this red snowflake border will look nice with her red bedding. For her parents, this pretty winter border seemed like a good choice. And then, for my parents' January anniversary, I decided to make some pillowcases with a border of cross-stitched roses. I bought these pillowcases inexpensively at Wal*Mart and cross-stitched the border from a chart using waste canvas. Here is one of the finished cases. I chose to do this rather than stamping on a design for two reasons: 1) Not wanting to buy a transfer (I had no suitable ones on hand) and then get frustrated if it didn't turn out well; and 2) Frugality again -- I had the chart for this rose border as part of a kit to cross-stitch towels (this is something I inherited from someone else's craft stash), so it seemed a simple matter to gather up some floss, baste on some waste canvas (which I also had on hand), and have at it. It wasn't as simple as I thought it would be, but the project is finally done. And I hope I will have the sense to talk myself out of it if I ever think of using waste canvas again...
To see what others have shared for Show & Tell Friday, head on over to There is No Place Like Home and check out the links. Happy Show & Tell Friday, everyone!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.