Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Conkerr Cancer Pillowcase

My friend, Amy, and I have been teaching a sewing class for the elementary-aged kids at church over the past three weeks.  This week they will finish making their very own pillowcases and also have the opportunity to make a second case to donate to the Conkerr Cancer Pillowcase Program at a local hospital.  I made a pillowcase today to donate to a student of mine who is in the hospital with cancer.  It was really easy to make using the "roll-up" method.  Here's how it's done.

Pre-step - wash all fabric before cutting/sewing
Step 1 - Cut main fabric to 41" x 27" and iron
Step 2 - Cut accent (cuff) fabric to 41" x 10" and iron
Step 3 - Lay accent piece right side up on work surface

Step 4 - lay main piece wrong side up on top of accent piece

Step 5 - roll main fabric up from the bottom towards the top
Step 6 - bring accent fabric up and over rolled up main fabric


Step 7 - pin the heck out of it

Step 7.5 - admire your handiwork

Step 8 - sew a straight stitch along length

Step 8.5 - admire your handiwork

Step 9 - start to pull main fabric out of its roll


Step 9.5 - keep pulling

Done with the cuff - note how all the raw edges are hidden



I finished off the case with French seams on the side and bottom to keep all the raw edges enclosed. (Here is a great tutorial on how to do a French seem by Coletterie.)  But, you can can simply sew the right sides together and serge, zigzag stitch, or trim/press the edges.  From start to finish it took me less than an hour, and that was with lots of extra ironing and sewing for the French seams.

I can't wait for the kids to finish their pillowcases!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

RDS Recital 2012

Today was our 3rd Robin's Dance Studio recital (Chloe's 6th recital and Bradley's 3rd).  I had to do the mother/son dance with Bradley since I kinda sorta forced Mike to dance with Chloe last year.  Not too much foresight there, huh? But, the kids all did great and much fun was had by all. 

From L-R: Bradley, Chloe, Me, Alexis, Erin, Alyssa, Meghan, McKenna, Kim

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