Patchwork Pillow Case

Patchwork Pillow Case

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If you visit my blog regularly you may have seen that my mother spent some time in hospital the last quarter of 2020.

When Mam came home see was missing several of her nightdresses.  A few are with my youngest sister as she lives the closest to the hospital and could pop in to collect her dirty laundry and take the clean stuff back to Mam the easiest – she had a batch of washing that included a couple of nightdresses and a dress at home with her when Mam was sent home and because of the pandemic hasn’t been able to come and visit us and return them.

A couple appear to have got lost in the hospital – possibly when she was moved around.

This meant that, to have enough changes for Mam I had to buy four new nighties for her.

As she is short, and tends to walk leaning very much forward on her walking frame, the nighties needed to be shortened.  I did these as a high/low hem length, taking more off the front so she wouldn’t trip over her nightdress, and much less off the back so it would still cover her properly.

This meant that I had scraps of nightdresses left over.

Now normally I’ve been in the habit of putting cuttoffs to one side and say that I’ll keep them for using in the future for some project, and while some do get used, many pieces are just stored, taking up space, for a long time.  So this time I said that I’d do something with them immediately.

And that something was a random patchwork pillowcase to go on her bed to go with her nightdresses.

CRAFTING
What I Did

I cut a random 5 sided piece from one of the nightdress cuttoffs.

I then cut a strip from another piece and sewed it to one side, trimming the ends to match the size and angles of the piece it was sewn onto.

I did the same again, working on another side of the initial 5 sided piece.

Every now and then I’d iron the piece I was working on.

I kept going adding piece after piece, checking the size and shape of the patchwork I was creating against a pillowcase I’d bought some time ago.

Once roughly the right width I had to add more pieces in a random fashion to build up the length.

When it was a big enough piece I used an unpicker to take the pillowcase apart, lay the patchwork on top of the back piece with the flap, and cut it to size, leaving a piece to fold over and hem on one side.

I then sewed the patchwork to the pillowcase back.

And there you have it – a patchwork pillowcase in materil pieces to match each of Mam’s new nighties.

What I Used
  • Scraps from shortening nightdresses.
  • Brother 210 Sewing Machine
  • White Pillow Case
  • Thread Unpicker
  • White Thread
  • Dressmaking Scissors
  • Iron and Ironing Board Pad
Finished Items

The nightdresses were very light pastel colours in pink, yellow, blue and green, so the colours don’t “ping” in these photos of the case on a pillow on Mam’s bed, but you get the general idea I’m sure.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Baaa! Crochet

Shaun The Sheep Crochet

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

One of the gifts I crafted for Christmas was a Shaun The Sheep stuffed toy for my young great nephew.

Having been born last year, after the start of the pandemic, I’ve yet to hold the little one, or even be in the same room as him.  His mother is a great photographer so Mam and I regularly see photos and little film clips of him.  The only time I’ve seen him “in the flesh” was through Mam’s bedroom window when they called round just before Christmas, and he was sleeping soundly in his car seat that time.  I do hope they get the pandemic under control soon, and that we have the vaccine (and that it works).  As my nephew has kept sheep for years I thought it fitting that his son had his very own sheep – and even if he had several, a child can not have too many sheep.

CRAFTING
What I Did

I followed the pattern provided in the kit.  Although I’ve done a lot of crochet, it has been mostly lots of different types of blankets but I’d never followed a pattern to make a crochet toy item before.

With my conditions I do find it difficult to keep an even tension or even to crochet a lot in one session.  So I took over a week to make this and I did have to crochet a fifth leg as one of them was very obviously a different tension and size to the other three.  It didn’t look too bad when I finished.

What I Used

Shaun The Sheep – crochet kit that included hook, yarn, stuffing and pattern.

Finished Item

My great nephew’s mother was kind enough to send me a photo of the little one inspecting his gift after it was opened.  He seemed quite intrigued.

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I have a few more items made before Christmas that I can show you now, so hopefully they will make their way online for you to see in the near future.

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2021 Calendar – 01 – Ionawr

January Calendar Page & Life

Happy New Year
To all who are visiting my blog, whether for the first time or return visitors

A new year has started – pretty much as the last one ended.  I hope you are all keeping safe and well and following the rules, and I hope that this COVID19 pandemic will soon be under control and life can get back to normal.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see what I’ve done for this month’s calendar page if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

With preparations for Christmas, and having more to do to look after Mam since she came out of hospital, I haven’t had time to post anything on my blog during December. And it was a funny old Christmas without having the family over for a meal at some point.  Mam and I did make the effort to have a proper Christmas dinner at the dining table.  The first time since coming out of hospital for her to walk to the kitchen table for a meal – we’ve been having meals on an over the bed table where ever she’s been sat out up to that point, and afterwords mostly, although she did manage to come to the kitchen table to eat her New Year’s Day lunch, as well as sitting by the table on morning in between to help me remove the meat from the turkey bones and chop it up into gravy for me to make a few pies for the freezer and a nice curry for us for lunch that day.  She is still struggling with her health though, but most definately stronger than she was when she came out of hospital, even if she is still coughing badly at times.

I do have a few posts to put up of gifts and cards that I gave to family for Christmas, so expect them over the next week or so.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s January calendar page.

I asked my mother what she’d like on her calendar for January, and she said – snow!

So snow it was.

What I Did

I started by selecting the black cardstock and trimming a bit off one of the white cardstock sheets.  I used tacky tape to stick one to the other so that a black border could be seen around.

I then tore up another sheet of the white cardstock, makeing the tare wavy and “mountainous”.  Putting these two torn pieces together I moved them around until I was happy with how the torn sides overlapped and trimmed them both to have the same width and bottom position.

I then took another sheet of white cardstock and tore out three “cloud” shapes from it.  These were put on the white, framed, piece of cardstock, as well as the tub of glue, and I used the marker airbrush to randomly spray blue to make the sky.  I removed the clouds and glue tup and then sprayed the circular area where the glue had been with yellow.

While that was drying I took a bottle of glue and edged the skyline of the torn pieces with glue, as well as putting random spots and lines all over them.  The fake snow was then sprinkled all over and gently tipped off.  I added more glue towards the bottom right of what would be the front piece and added the fake ice.

Once the glue was dried I attached them to the coloured panel using 3mm deep foam to raise the layers up.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct –  2021 Create-a-Calendar
  • A4 Black Foiled Cardstock
  • Several A4 350gsm White Super Smooth Cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers Marker Airbrush and Markers
  • Snow and Ice Tubs from Pinflair
  • 3mm Deep, Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Ultra Tacky (red lined) Tape
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Paper Trimmer
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

 

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

 

This is both stuck on the calendar.

A Closer, Angled, Look

 

 

 

The snow and ice is actually quite sparkly but it doesn’t show up as such in photos.

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Hope you’ll visit again soon.

Have a great month everybody.

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