Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pretty vintage-style pillowcases

Welp, it's no secret that I love mismatched bedding, and vintage-style bedding. I decided to make myself some pretty pillowcases.

Mismatched bedding

It feels a little silly to take apart actual vintage pillowcases for fabric, then turn around here and make vintage-inspired pillowcases from new fabric-- and I guess I don't really have a good explanation for it, haha. Other than, I've really been wanting a vintage sheet quilt and bought the pillowcases in my previous post just for that purpose. I did think twice before taking those other pillowcases apart, though.

Sausage pillowcase

Here, I saw this purple floral quilting cotton at JoAnn and fell in lurve with it. I put off buying it forever, until it ended up in the clearance section. I eventually bought the rest of the bolt, a little more than 2 yards, for less than two bucks a yard! The JoAnn branch in my city was relocating, so they had all of their fabric on sale on top of the regular deals and sales-- I pretty much got this stuff on triple-sale. I wasn't exactly sure what to do with it, but was kinda thinking pillowcases all along.

DIY vintage pillowcase

The mint was a remnant in my stash, and I purchased clearance rick rack for 97 cents. My first successful rick-rack application, I think. I just love it when other people use rick rack and I'm often inspired to try it whenever I see a cute project that includes it, but somehow every time I touch the stuff it turns into this corny Becky-Home-Eccy looking project. I think one reason it works here is because it's so subtle. The trim barely peeks out from the cuff, adding some vintage detail.

Pretty pillowcases DIY

These are super easy if you're inspired to make your own! I know, you're thinking, well duh, how hard is a pillowcase going to be? I think a pillowcase is one of the first things I ever sewed, after all. They're made using a method that creates no exposed seams. You can find a tutorial by doing an Internet search for the burrito method, sausage pillowcases, or turn-tube or tube pillowcases. Various names for a method that accomplishes the same thing. Mine came together in well under an hour, not including pressing and cutting. I know there are more in my future!

This project is linked at: Sew Much Ado, DIY Showoff, Creations by Kara, Seven 33, Snap Creativity, the Real Housewives of Riverton, Daisy Cottage Designs, Ducks 'n a Row, the Melrose Family, Ginger Snap Crafts, Someday Crafts, Southern Lovely, Polka Dots on Parade, Flamingo Toes, I Heart Nap Time, Nifty Thrifty Things, By Stephanie Lynn, Sew Country Chick


  1. Trying to locate a fat eighth or a quarter of a yard of the purple JoAnn floral. Do you by chance have any you'd like to sell? I could pay via paypal. Thanks!


  2. Your bed is beautiful. It makes me want to take a nap. The coordination of fabrics is very vintage with an updated feeling. So glad I found your blog on Sew Country Chick's Sew and Tell.


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