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...

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  1. You have been busy, Mrs. T! I love the roses and your grandson is so cute!

  2. Oh, I love all of the pillow cases! All made specifically in themes to suit the taste of the neat! I love the reindeer, and the roses, of course! :-)

  3. Pillowcases are so much fun to make. I have done some for my grands...
    I have no idea why I don't make a couple for the hubs and me!

  4. Your pillowcases are cute and that grandson is adorable!

  5. Your pillowcases are wonderful ideas! I love the cross-stich you made for your parent's pillowcases. My grandmother always makes us something each year too. I love the thought and love put into such gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow, that is very clever and personalized. Great gift idea!

  7. What a great idea and so nice to personalize them!!! Your little grandson is too cute, brought a smile to my face!!

  8. You are busy AND talented! I love all the pillowcases, but the one you cross stitched is truly special. 30 years ago my sister in law gave us embroidered pillowcases and I treasured them for years, until they completely fell apart! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love those darling pillow cases!

  10. What a great idea... I am making my girls quilts for their beds... I never thought of making them pillow cases as well... yea! another project!


  11. What a wonderful idea...I like how you put thought into all the fabric for each person...


  12. Thanks, ladies, for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments on my pillow cases. They were great fun to make and I am planning to make some for Mr.T and me next. I will probably make more than one set for us. And next Christmas, I will be able to make some for the 2 littlest grandchildren who will be old enough for pillows then, I think.

    Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by my kitchen table to see my show & tell. Please stop by anytime. You will always find a warm welcome here in my kitchen.

    God bless you all,


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