Thursday, May 31, 2018


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. 

 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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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!

Kathleen 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.