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I purchased from the CT fabric line above (a total of 15 yards) to make pillowcases for my six adult children for Christmas presents. I thought it would be a great gift idea to go with the quilts they inherited from their grandmother (my mom).
Well, for any of you who live in FL who probably know this already. Winter in FL, particularly around the holidays means company so I waited too long to make the pillowcases and during the month of November into December, when I planned on doing all this sewing I had non stop company. That means non stop cooking, cleaning, laundry, entertaining etc. Love the company but it takes a chunk out of discretionary sewing time; even if you're retired.
Sooooo, now to make this long story short I have decided to use this fabric to make a quilt.
Ideas?

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Ha,ha, I kind of did the same thing. I bought fabric to make lap quilts for my hubby and 3 children, and it just did not happen. I started on one, but never got very far. So it looks like I will have Christmas presents for next year ;-) Have you thought about making the pillowcases throughout the year and give it to them for their birthdays or other occasions. Or even for next Christmas? It will be here before you know it!
Why not make them and give them as gifts for birthdays, etc.? Just an idea
Now that would be a novel idea! To actually be ahead of myself for next Christmas?? I would have to reprogram my brain from waiting until the last minute to start something. Well, you know what? That sounds like a great idea. Instead of changing courses maybe I will just go ahead with the original plan and make the pillowcases. The fabric will be a beautiful use in that way and I won't have another quilt to add to my UFO's. And if I should happen to need a birthday or wedding present on short notice I can pull from the finished Christmas projects?
This is why I love to come here. Thanks!
here are some ideas:

make an apron, with these adorable coasters: http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html
use 8 inch squares with directions above and make a hot pad.

how bout reusable snack bags: here is a tutorial
http://lifewithnaturegirl.blogspot.com/2008/04/reusable...apkin-tut...

how bout a cup cozy: http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2008/10/cup-coz...m-hot-cho...

here is a bunch of tutorials for everyone:
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=653

how bout a passport sleeve?

http://sewbunnybum.blogspot.com/2008/04/passport-sleeve-tutorial.html

how bout a laptop sleeve. http://tipnut.com/laptop-sleeves-cases/

here is a list of everything u wanted to make for crafting, but were afraid to ask.

http://tipnut.com/category/crafts/crafty-ideas/
oops the link to the reusable snack bags didn't come out

here is it again: http://lifewithnaturegirl.blogspot.com/2008/04/reusable-snack-bag-n...

i actually think it is a good idea. we are all about going green these days.
Wow, Polkadot, what great ideas. I particularly liked the apron.
Renee: What fabric line did you purchase? I have several kits and one set of fabric that came from CT. The fabrick from CT made the most beautiful quilt. It came from the Belles Fluers set and we just love it. Look through qult magazines and something will catch your eye. I feel some material just fits into something you have seen already. Go with the flo of doing what you like.
I made the no raw edges pillowcases for several of the people I work with. They just love them. They go together fast and make wonderful gifts. I also made lots of set for us. I just love the combination of 3 fabrics and the look that they give. The feel of the cotton is great and they look lovely on the bed.

Happy hunting for a patter to put together.
Hi Dottie, If you look at the very top of this page, that's the fabric I purchased. I forget the name of the line. Jacobean something? The more I see it, the more I love it. I like the Belle Fleurs line too. Where did you get the pattern for the "no raw edges" pillowcase? I think the reason I have procratinated is I'm not thrilled with the pattern I have. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I've been to some other web sites and they're not as simple as what I'm looking for. I want the pillowcase to showcase the fabric. I'm not looking for a complicated quilt design or something, just a simple pillowcase. Going together fast is the other key element.
I agree about the feel of good quality cotton. I grew up experiencing clothes-line-dried sheets and starched and ironed pillowcases but in recent years got out of the practice out of practicality. My mother even used a "mangle" to iron the sheets. Anybody remember those?
Hi Renee, I know you already have material, just an idea of what I do for the pillowcase thing. I make them for all the grandkids for all the different holidays. So they get one to sleep on for Valentines, St. pat's, Easter, so on and so on, or is it sew on and sew on?????? Like my idea, go on, it's yours. - Jane
Jane, I love your idea. I don't live near my grandchildren and am always trying to think of something to send them for holidays other than candy. I see all the holiday prints in the fabric stores but never knew what to do with them. I wonder if my almost 16 year old grandson is too old to sleep on hearts or bunnies? : ) I better hurry while the 8 and 9 year olds will still appreciate my efforts.
Renee
You know what else my grandkids love (ages 1 thru 11)? They love getting flannel pillowcases for all their favorites e.g. Hannah Montana, Cinderella, Sesame St, Nascar. Something so simple makes them very happy. - Jane
Another good idea, Jane. Do you find the flannel harder to use? I made a rag quilt for the Linus project a few years back out of flannel but that's been my only experience using flannel. How many grandchildren do you have? I have 3 ages 8,9 & almost 16.
Renee

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