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Monday, August 29, 2016

Little House on the Prairie Fabric Pillowcases

My friends I am absolutely thrilled to announce a wonderful collaboration with Andover Fabrics. The new “Little House on the Prairie” Mansfield line of fabric has just been released.

I decided I would make three pillowcases from the cheerful fabric.

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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.

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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.

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Prairie Point Pillowcase.

Because when using “Little House on the Prairie” fabric prairie points are a must!

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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.

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Pin the points to the edge of the fabric and sew in place.

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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.

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The sides of the pillowcase were sewn together using the French seam method. I’ve shared the “how to” in prior posts HERE and HERE.

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Ma’ s Lace Pillowcase

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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.

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Then sew your second seam (right sides together) to create a French seam. 
Note: very talented seamstresses can combine the last two steps together.

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This technique results in perfectly edged lace with no open seams.

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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.

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Pa’s Pom~Pom Pillowcase

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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).

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While sewing the second seam I added a bit of rick rack to add to the whimsical finish.

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So where did the pillowcases end up?
The antique French daybed in the sunroom is now dressed in a perfect palette for fall.

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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.

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Enjoy the day!


Jane said...

Your pillowcases look lovely on the daybed! Thanks for sharing all the sewing details! Nice to have some special Laura Ingalls Wilder fabric!

craftyles said...

Love these pillowcases. Laura. The fabric is so beautiful and I love, love the little touches you have added. You have inspired me, because I've always wanted to make some pillowcases.Have a wonderful week!

Stacey said...

These are beautiful! You are such a perfectionist and it really shows in the details of your pillows. The fabric colors and patterns are lovely. Can't wait to see more. :)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

These are gorgeous. I love them and such fabulous sewing tips too. Great fabrics, patterns and colors. Congrats on your new collaboration. Such a perfect fit.

Lorrie said...

Beautiful pillowcases, Laura. And I love the fabrics! said...

Love the fabrics and your creations. Congrats on the collaboration.

Lisa said...

What perfect fabrics and colors for your daybed! These fabrics are so gorgeous and the pillowcases perfectly lovely! Looking forward to seeing the new look for your daybed!

Eilis said...

The fabrics are beautiful and your pillows are precious.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What cute pillow cases! They look perfect on the day bed! I have wanted to try prairie points for a long time but just haven't gotten around to it yet! Have you seen this tutorial on making prairie points with a continuous strip of fabric? I ran across it on Pinterest.

20 North Ora said...

Beautiful pillowcases and love the vintage look of the fabrics.


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

These pillowcases are so pretty! I love the colors and the embellishments. The fabric reminds me of things I had in my farmhouse in the 80's. So homey and cozy and quaint. Congratulations on your new venture!

Carole West said...

These are so beautiful - love that fabric and as always your skills amaze me.

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Katie Mansfield said...

Your skills are impeccable. What a wonderful collaboration. Perfect for you.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love the pillow cases and the fabric is stunning!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Pam Richardson said...

Laura, what beautiful fabric and the pillow cases are stunning! You are so talented! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What beautiful pillowcases, Laura, with such perfect trims for each one! I've done the burrito method and it's a great way of making them. The pillows look wonderful on your day bed, and do add a soothing touch of Fall.

Jeanie said...

Now I wish I knew how to sew! I love these fabrics and may end up ordering enough for a tablecloth. (I'm very good with hems and iron on tape or fabric glue! They have a wonderful provencal feeling to them, even though I know they are prairie style!

Lynn Bean said...

Oh I LOVE them! The colors are just perfect together! I hope our local quilt store has it in stock!

Daniela said...

Dearest Laura,

what a great IDEA you had and what a great collaboration, I'm sure it will have a big success, these fabrics are simply stunning !

You have to know that yesterday I published the post about Laura & You, and this post of yours seems truly perfect for those followers of mine who will come and visit you after having read it !

I'm going and visit the web page of the Andover Fabrics as soon as possible, you know, your pillows would be perfect on the armchairs in my big country kitchen ;) !

Enjoy your day you too, sweetie, sending my dearest love to you,
with lots of thankfulness

Xx Dany

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Love the fabric colors and your pillowcases are absolutely lovely with all of the special touches that you added! :)

Linda Nelson said...

I'm in love with the fabric patterns you chose. Great job!