First I have to tell you all, dear friends, that I really appreciate all the wonderful conversations that resulted from my last post. It is very encouraging to know that so many of you feel like I do, reluctant to complain as I am so fortunate, but also coming up against challenges to keeping my spirits up. Your comments were so helpful, thank you. If you haven’t already, go back and read the comments (Carrying On). There are over 60 comments that will make you feel better, and let you know that there are many out there who understand the pressure of this situation.
Last week, I was having an online conversation with a friend, and she mentioned she had a lot of fabric yardage she wanted to get rid of, but no one local would take it. So many of the animal shelters are no longer taking beds made of scraps as they are afraid that the animals will chew on them and choke on the filling. I looked around my stash and found that I had the same, lots of yardage that I don’t see using in a quilt. Much of it was given to me free, some was left over from other projects, some obtained for $1/yard at estate sales. Serendipity stepped in, and a day or two later I got an email talking about the All People Quilt Million Pillowcase Challenge. Now, there’s an idea to use up a lot of yardage in a hurry for a good cause! Plus, there are monthly drawings for fabulous prize packages for those mailed in. In addition, you can drop off pillowcases at a shop near you if you just want to donate to the cause.
I had this paisley fabric with a weird color of green in it. I liked the print, but I’ve had it for some time, unable to put anything with it that looked good. So, it was a perfect pillowcase choice with a beige blender for the band. These will not be fancy, or complicated, just simple cases without piping or fancy roll up methods of construction. I used my serger for these, but certainly you can use a sewing machine if you don’t have a serger. Cut two pieces of fabric, one 27 x 42 inches for the body, and one 9 x 42 for the band. Serge the short ends of the band, right sides together.
Then serge the body along the long edge right sides together.
When you get to the end, don’t serge off the end, we’ll pivot and continue.
To pivot a serged edge, stop sewing when the needles get one stitch off the edge.
Raise the needles, gently push the fabric towards the back to release the stitch, then pivot and place the edge right in front of the needles.
Continue serging off the folded edge.
The corner comes out clean and sharp.
Cut the tail of the thread, and weave it back under the stitches to secure. I use a Double Eye Needle at Amazon to make this easier. You can also use a large tapestry needle.
Pull it through, then cut off any excess.
Put a dot of Fray Check on the corner to ensure the stitches stay in place.
Fold the band in half wrong sides together with raw edges aligned and press.
Put the band over the body, right sides together and serge the raw edges.
Tie off the ends in the same way.
Voila, one done. It took less time to sew than it did to cut the fabric.
OK, now I’m on a roll. It is lovely to have something finished this fast.
In short order I had four done and all the paisley fabric was used up.
So I pulled more fabric, I have much that could be used for this project.
I mixed these two prints, as the colors were a match. But, I didn’t like them together.
Fortunately, it is easy to cut off the serged edge and put different fabrics in place.
The rose prints looked much better with green blender bands. I found another piece of a different rose fabric that was just the right size to make another one.
The green print looked better with a green blender fabric for the band. Five more done and would be appropriate for a guy.
So, that is 10 finished in just a day.
It seemed an even dozen was a good number, so I made two more.
I’ll ship these off to the challenge address this week.
Here’s the link again for the All People Quilt Million Pillowcase Challenge – FAQs on the project, prize entry information, and several pillowcase tutorials. Click on All People Quilt Pillowcase Donation Page for information on the prizes and shipping address. Brenda also sent me this tutorial link for a Pillow Case with Closed overlap ends.
Do you have a quick finish project for these days at home? What are you working on?