It was Saturday morning, and my daughters were fighting over pillow cases.
It was my fault, really. I went to search for some cute, half-off (now discontinued?) strawberry fabric I picked up a few months back to make them coordinating pillow cases–one had a red backdrop (for my red-loving older daughter) and one had a green backdrop (for my green-happy younger daughter). Super cute. But gone, very gone–lost somewhere in the fabric stash. My stash is not big, but it is also not particularly organized. Note to self: Get to Container Store, with a budget of more than $20….
Anyway, I had to come up with some suitable substitutes because I’d already psyched myself and the kids up for a quick Saturday sewing project. So I pulled out the Space Rangers fabrics that I’d purchased at a quilt shop sale. Planets, spaceships, rockets, and bold primary colors. The girls rushed me–and both grabbed for the rocket ship fabric. “I want it! No, I want it!”
I had to think fast. Quickly I came across some fantastic Sock Monkey fabric (by Moda) that a friend was kind enough to give me, that I’d been saving to make something really cute. I love the illustration of the Sock Monkey on a wooden scooter! Perfect for the body of a pillowcase! My younger daughter grabbed it and ran. Thankfully, the pillow fight was over–at least, this round.
I consulted my “Magically Mellow Pillowcase” pattern by Threads on the Floor. We raided my stash for 2 inch strips to make trim, and for 9 inch strips to make cuffs. Pretty soon we had a plan, and by that evening, both girls had new pillowcases on their beds.
Here’s a close up of that solar system fabric — pretty neat:
Sock monkeys rule:
I’m thinking that next time, I’ll do this after they are asleep:)
And it occurs to me that with the right fabric, pillowcases are an awesome, quick project, that can really add some pizzazz to a bedroom. And I know there is a “million pillowcase challenge” going on right now for sewists to make pillowcase donations.
I see more pillowcases in my future!