Dinosaurs and Diggers - Perfect Bedfellows!
We have a three-year-old dinosaur lover on our hands. Dinos and “diggers” (construction/excavation equipment) are the most important aspects of our grandson’s day. When he recieved the dinosaurs in the photo, he promptly named them "T" and "Horn." And he sleeps with them every night. So, when I saw some cozy flannel simply crammed with dinos in diggers, I just had to make something out of it. And it needed to be something fast and easy.
This is the simplest sewing project ever! We started making these personalized pillowcases back when Ellen and Eve were still in elementary and middle school, when they wanted to make something special for their friends.* They had a lot of friends, so we needed to make something that didn’t cost too much. The girls put a lot of thought into what each friend liked most – horses, cats or cooking, for example. There were musical motifs for marching band members, and a focus on farm animals for those who belonged to 4H or FFA. We had so much fun at the fabric store picking out the main pattern and coordinating fabrics and trim for the border. To make a case extra special, add the recipient’s name using embroidery or use fabric paint. The best part about the project was the fact that the thought the girls put into it really did count much more than the amount.
You will need:
· 1 standard pillowcase from the linen closet to use as a pattern.
· 1 yard fabric for the main pillowcase
· ¼ yard coordinating/contrast fabric for border
· Matching thread
1. Lay pattern pillowcase on fabric. Cut around it, making it ½ inch wider than the pattern. Do not include the border. Leave ½ inch at the bottom where border will be attached.
2. Do the same for the border, allowing for ½ inch seams.
3. If you plan to embroider the child’s name on the border, it should be done at this point.
4. Turn pieces wrong-side out and press lightly with iron.
5. Stitch body together, clip upper corners. Press seam.
6. For border, stitch up the side. Turn and press seam. Turn right side out, fold in half lengthwise and press.
7. Match seams, and with wrong sides together, stitch body and border together. Press seam downward. On the border piece, turn raw edge under about ¼ inch, and press.
8. Matching folded edge to just cover seamline, slipstitch by hand.
9. Turn and press! Ta-Daaa!
*If you have my book Heart and Hearth – Christmas on the Farm, Christmas Pillowcases are in the chapter titled “Sweet Dreams and Memories.”