I decided I would make three pillowcases from the cheerful fabric.
The “Little House on the Prairie” Mansfield collection is 100% cotton and drapes beautifully. Andover graciously sent me 1 yard each of (L-R) A~8253~B, A~8254~BY and A~8252~B.
Each pillowcase shown is a standard queen sized case which measures a finished total rectangle of 20” x 30” (50.8 cm x 76.2 cm).
To create a pillowcase from just one type of fabric you would add 2 inches to allow for a 1” French sewing seam on each side. This requires 22” x 32” (55.88 cm x 81.28 cm) of fabric for each pillowcase.
When creating a pillowcase with several fabrics each fabric used can be as wide or narrow as you would like just make sure the finished size is equal in total to the standard measurement.
Prairie Point Pillowcase.
Because when using “Little House on the Prairie” fabric prairie points are a must!
Begin with a 3” (7.62 cm) square of fabric.
Fold in half in a triangular shape and press flat with a hot iron.
Fold in half again and press.
A total of 18 prairie points were needed for this pillow size.
Pin the points to the edge of the fabric and sew in place.
For this pillow I watched the following video to learn how to use the “roll it up” or “burrito” method to sew a decorative pillowcase edge that has no visible seams.
I loved the result of using the “roll it up” or “burrito” method to sew the pillowcase. Such a clean edge. I added some decorative stitching to the edge for a bit of pillow pizazz.
Ma’ s Lace Pillowcase
Lace used: old lace was removed from an antique/vintage pillowcase. While the body of the old fabric was completely worn out the lace edging was still good.
Begin by sewing your two fabrics together with a simple seam. (Wrong sides together.)
Press seam flat open and then tack on the old lace right next to the seam.
Then sew your second seam (right sides together) to create a French seam.
Note: very talented seamstresses can combine the last two steps together.
This technique results in perfectly edged lace with no open seams.
You can join as many fabrics as you would like until you achieve the length or width of fabric that you desire. Then just sew up the sides and bottom of the pillowcase once again using the French seam method.
Pa’s Pom~Pom Pillowcase
To add pom-poms to the edge of a pillowcase requires a bit of patience. You must keep the trim from twisting and the poms in place while you are sewing.
Using the French seam method simply pin the pom-pom trim in between the two layers of fabric (wrong sides together) and sew. Then iron the seam flat and sew again (right sides together).
While sewing the second seam I added a bit of rick rack to add to the whimsical finish.
So where did the pillowcases end up?
The antique French daybed in the sunroom is now dressed in a perfect palette for fall.
I am currently working on another project with Andover Fabrics that will be revealed in October.
I hope you have enjoyed this “Little House on the Prairie” pillowcase post.
“Home is the nicest word there is.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
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