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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stashbusting: Pillowcases

In the name of marital harmony, one of my first projects while on maternity leave was to go through my fabric stash and thin some stuff out.

I came across this piece of fabric and immediately thought "this would've made good pillowcases" and threw it on the giveaway pile.  Then I thought, "Well why give this away when pillowcases are so easy?"

I decided to use the salvage edge for the open end of the pillowcase to avoid having to sew a raw edge on that side and save some time.  

Pillowcases are so easy - no pattern needed!  I just folded the fabric onto itself and laid a pillowcase from my stash on top of the fabric.  I left three inches extra on the selvage side to turn inside for the hem and another 5/8" on the unfolded edge for the side seam.  Then I cut around the pillow case like so:

I sewed the two raw edges.  Then I turned the selvage edge up those three inches, pinned it and stitched it into place. 

As luck would have it, I had just enough fabric for two pillowcases.  There was only about 9" of waste left.  Whoo hoo!

On the upside, I now have two new pillowcases.  
And the whole project went from start to finish in about 20 minutes.
On the downside, we don't have white or purple bedsheets to match these and our bedroom is blue and grey.  But with a newborn and a 12 month old, I don't really care what I lay my head down on these days.  I'm just grateful when those two let me actually sleep!

This project was a great way to do some stashbusting.   And a nice diversion from my next project, a dress I'm working on for date night with the husband.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Baby's Here!

Well Internet, I'm back to my blog!  Time sure slips by when you're trying to get through everyday live when you're pregnant with an almost-toddler!

But he's finally here!

The Deuce was born mid-May - another boy!

And yes, this long-limbed rascal DID kick the heck out of me for nine months but it was worth it.  At one month old, he's already chubbing up & taking an interest in the craziness around him.  

And big brother has been amazingly great.  No jealousy (probably because The Deuce can't play with any of his toys yet!).  He just pets baby's hair, he loves pulling baby's socks off and, once in a while, will press his nose, but not too hard.  Yet....

With The Deuce being a month old, I finally have a bit of a handle on his schedule so I can get back to some projects - FINALLY.  

Welcome to the world, Deuce!  Now, take good naps so your Mama can do some sewing!