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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