Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Nighty Night

This young lady was dying to learn how to sew.  She came over one afternoon and we made a pillowcase.  I let her pick fabrics from my stash, which aren't the most teen friendly fabrics.  She's an amazing anime artist but I've got absolutely no anime fabric.  It does exist though, but I think she should design her own and submit it to Spoonflower.  Anyway, she also likes music and was able to find some sheet music.  Ha!

Making a pillowcase is a great beginner project.  She learned how to used a rotary cutter, how to pin, how to sew a straight line, how to stop before the pins and not sew over them, and how to keep a steady speed.  She did a great job for her first time ever.  She's a natural!  I was really happy that she didn't slice an artery or sew through a finger.  Phew!

There are lots of beautiful blog tutorials and free pillowcase patterns out there, but for me, this one was the most informational.

Sew, to all my nieces out there who want to learn to sew.  I'm thinking about teaching you online.  What do you think?  Is that something you're interested in?  I know that GG already knows how to make a pillowcase and has moved on to more advanced things, but what about the rest of you?


  1. Sophie and Sarah are very interested. Sarah has a bit of experience using a machine, as they use them at school, and she sewed bookmarks for everyone last Christmas on my machine. Sophie will start this year using the machine at school as well. They would love to sew something with you.

  2. Kathy, you should really try the "hot dog" method with your nieces. It's so cool! All of the inside edges are finished. This is the only way I make mine now. :)

    I just noticed that both of these tutorials show the accent band pressed TOWARD the body of the pillowcase. I always do mine the "wrong" way.

  3. I love this pillowcase! And you KNOW the "sheet music" comment didn't get past me...!!!

    I also know this young lady, and am amazed at her many talents. Now she can add one more talent to her list!!!