Sew Easy Sunday: 20 Minute Pillowcase

I get bored easily and unfortunately… The Boy and I are not rich. This means I have to get creative when I get the I want to redecorate blues. Have y’all noticed how expensive bedding is?! All for a little bit of cotton and some thread. Its ridiculous! Today we’re going to learn how to make our own pillowcases. We’ll get into the rest of the bedding week by week.

We’re going to cheat. You could either do a lot of cutting and pressing or you can do it my way. But since you’re still reading, I’m assuming my way is your chosen path. Excellent!

Step One:
Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing.

Step Two:
Make sure your fabric measures 35″x17″. You may have to trim some fabric from the width to make it 17″.

Step Three:
Sew the bottom and the opened side closed. Turn the pillow case right side out.

The opened end will still be rough, don’t worry we’re about to fix that.
Iron the edge where my fingertips are.

Step Four:
Please note that my pins are at the 5 inch mark, this is where you will top stitch. Be sure to hold the fabric so that you don’t sew the pillowcase shut. ūüėČ

And…you’re done! You can add decorative trim, a monogram or anything you’d like to personalize your pillowcase.

If you have any questions shoot me an email at earlleighdesigns@gmail.com or leave a comment below.
Happy Sunday!

 

Sew Easy Sunday: Back to Basics

This “Sew Easy Sunday” is going to be a little different. I want to share with y’all a blog that I turned to when I started sewing again. My mom taught me how sew from an early age because Mattel couldn’t make Barbie dresses fast enough for me. One day my mom suggested making dresses, and that turned into outfits (with pants…first pair were a fail) and eventually we started making Earl sized tote bags and skirts. Barbie couldn’t have all of the fun. Ha!

My mom gave me a sewing machine a few years so that I could get back into it. I was so nervous! She wanted me to use a sewing machine without her guidance?! I had visions of me breaking the dang thing and it took weeks for me to take it out of the box. Seriously. But I did it and realized something along the way…the internet is a wonderful thing. Books are great, but sometimes you need to know something “right now”. That’s why I love blogs, someone always has an answer.

Disney, of the blog Ruffles and Stuff, has a great “Sew Basic” series that covers everything from winding your bobbin to making ruffles. I found it to be invaluable. She seriously opened my world because I didn’t know you could shirr your own fabric. Yup, I was wearing the dunce cap over that. I just thought that if the fabric wasn’t shirred when you bought it, you wouldn’t have shirred material. Go poke around on her blog a bit if you have time!

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Sew Easy Sunday

I got a lot of¬†positive¬†reception on my hair bow from my “twit pic” post, so I’m showing y’all one way I like to make my favorite accessory.
I like to sew 1/4″ away from the border, starting in the middle of one of the longer sides.¬†
You have to turn the fabric inside out, so you’ll want to keep a one inch opening when you get back to your starting point. ¬†
See how I’m able to fit two fingertips in the opening?
Now turn the bow inside out…
Close the opening with a slip stitch, or you can use a straight stitch along the top if you don’t mind seeing some thread.
Fold the other piece of fabric in half and sew it into a tube.
Pull the fabric “in” at the middle to form the bow shape.
Wrap the tubular fabric around the bow once. Add your alligator clip or bobby pin. Wrap the tube around once more. Secure the back with fabric glue or a series of small stitches.
Done, son! Wear it. 
If you have any questions, comment below or shoot me an email. 
Happy Sunday!

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