Thursday, May 31, 2018

Pillowcases

The hand dyed fabric for the pillowcases just kept calling my name.   I could not resist.
The pillows on my bed are not standard pillows.  So I had to adapt the pattern to make it work. However, you can find the pattern that I worked from on Wanda Hansen's website in the "Free Resources" area.

When I started laying out the plan, I realized that the pillowcases would have to be pieced.  So I made a front and a back piece for each of them.  One of the pieces has a flap/pocket that the end of the pillow goes in so that the pillow doesn't come out of the end. I really like that feature as it keeps the end of the pillow cleaner.  That flap is supposed to be the front but mine is the back so I made the front hem even with the edge.
Here is the first one (the pillow that I sleep on nightly.)
 Now, let me show you the back where you can see and 
appreciate why I changed the position of the flap.
While this side is pretty too, the other side has a nicer design symmetry. 

Then I made the other pillowcase and repeated the "mistake" for the sake of consistency.
The second one is in the front here.  I love these new hand dyed pillowcases. 

BoNuS!!!!
 There were some nice scrap pieces left over from the pillowcases. 
These will be so much fun for piecing or perhaps another project. 

Now I want some 100% white cotton sheets to dye too!
FYI - my posts may be sparse for the next few weeks as there is a lot of "non-crafty" stuff going on in my life.  But no worries - these are mostly good things.
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9 comments:

Vicki W said...

Lovely! A lot of tie dyers get their cotton sheets for dyeing from Goodwill. You don't have to start with a matching set to get a matching set in the end!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I really like this style of pillowcase too. Yours are quite unique! I have a microfiber purchased pillowcase that has the pillow sliding out all the time. I may have to unstitch it and make it this style from the fabric.

Jeanna said...

Sheets to match the pillow cases are a great idea.

Enjoy all the non-crafty adventures :)

Rhonda said...

Nicely done!!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Very nice!! Truly one-of-a-kind pillowcases! - I like the part where the end of the pillow doesn't stick out. And Wanda has such terrific tutorials - gotta love her stuff - ;))

Susan said...

Great use of hand dyes! I never quite know how to use hand dyes in a quilt...I hate cutting them!

Pamela Arbour said...

Your pillow cases turned out really nice. Are they square? I like that idea of a flap. I have a set of pillow cases with a flap but just never think to do that when making my pillow cases. Of course, you have to have matching sheets and maybe a quilt to complete the set since you have scraps!

Kathy said...

These pillowcases look like they will make for sweet dreams :o)

Marlene said...

Your pillowcases look great Gene. Are the pillows those contour ones meant for supporting your neck properly? That's the type of pillow I use and I absolutely cannot buy pillowcases for them. I've made a couple but messed up the flap -- in different ways -- on both of them. Still useable but not as pretty as they should have been.