|10,000 B.C. Collection from Kanvas|
|Same fabrics in a khaki colorway|
I said "WOW!" These fabulous prints in both flannels and regular quilting cottons are so eye-popping that any child would love to have something to wear or a quilt for nap time made from them. Bright dinosaurs with bold stripes, dinosaur eggs with little baby dino heads peeking out and some fantastic "word" fabric to make these even educational! (Do you think my little grandsons - 3 and 1 - can learn to read?)
What do you do first when you receive new fabrics? Do you wash them?
I never pre-wash my fabric! I like to work with crisp material as it behaves better for me when I cut and stitch. Most of what I make is for class samples and when I am finished with them and gift them, I tell the recipient how to wash the item. When I first take them up to my sewing room, I spread them out and inspect each piece so I can enjoy the designs and marvel at the clever way the artist has put color, texture, and pattern together. Then, I listen to what the fabrics tell me about how they want to be shaped.
What did these fabrics say to you?
Pajama pants for my 3-1/2 year old grandson Miles. I bought a pattern:
|These are pajamas, but the pattern says that they are not intended for sleepwear. Huh?|
|Don't you just love those dino eggs hatching?|
|Miles came to visit and we washed these - the flannel is so soft!|
|Look at those words! Fabulous|
Well, it looks like an easy pattern. Did the fabrics ask you to do something else?
Yes, pillow cases for the little boys! I have made almost a dozen pillowcases for them (my daughter has forbid me to make any more - ha ha, what do I care?) I don't believe you can have too many pillowcases with all sorts of fun novelty prints when you're a little kid trying to go to sleep at night.
Tell us your steps so we can do the same thing for our favorite little people.
I first started with one of those small travel pillows. I measured it . . .
|Measure length and width: 12" x 16"|
|Main pillow case print - Just Hatched|
|Jigsaw Stripe for the flange|
|Pillow case hem - Seeing Spots|
|Fold flange material in half and pin to one long side of the main print|
|Add the hem fabric as shown; pin|
|Roll/scrunch up the main print so it fits INSIDE the tube created when you pull both long ends of hem fabric together|
|Don't worry, mom. I can breathe!|
|Sew the tube together with 1/4" seam|
|Pull everything out of the tube.|
|Main print, flange and hem. Nice and neat. Wait until you see the other side!|
|Inside of the pillowcase. No raw edges!|
|The first step of a French seam: sew 1/4" seam from the fabric outside|
|Now encase the first seam in wider seam from the pillowcase inside.|
|Sew 1/4" seam to close pillow case (inside) and then use a zigzag stitch to keep all those threads from fraying|
Now, can we see the final pillowcase? Finished size: 12-1/2" x 19-1/2"
|Happy, little pillow case to make any child (especially Miles) enjoy nap time.|
These are so quick. Once you make one, you want to make more!