Take the challenge! Craft challenges are all the rage among online crafting communities, and this new series?the first ever on the subject?marries the popularity of repurposing with the appeal of the ?new pretty” aesthetic. This time, it’s the common pillowcase that’s undergoing uncommon transformations in 28 beguiling projects, ranging from patterned pinafores and aprons to decorative, embellished boxes and quilts. A friendly and informative basics chapter introduces the key techniques, delicate ink and watercolor illustrations show essential assembly details, and all necessary templates are included. There’s plenty of handholding for beginners plus a wealth of novel ideas for more advanced sewers.© 2013 Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott / Lark Crafts · Reproduced with permission.
Cut off all seams around pillowcase to have one large piece. Cut off hemmed portion and set aside.
Finish the sides and bottom; use pinking shears, fold over 1/4 inch, press and stitch.
The remaining three pillowcases; measure up 8 inches from the open (hemmed) edge and cut off. Cut off seam to have one long rectangular piece.
CUT THE WAISTBAND:
Using the cut-off hemmed portion from the backing piece; cut the seam(s) to open a long rectangular piece. Cut the waistband to the same width of the backing plus 1/2 inch.
Cut two 42 x 4 1/2 inch lengths from any of the pillowcases.
With wrong sides together, fold tie in half lengthwise and stitch long edge leaving open ends. Turn tie right side out. On one short end, fold in 1/4 inch and press; stitch close. Repeat for second tie.
Sew trim or rickrack to the lower edges of the ruffles as desired.
PLAN RUFFLE PLACEMENT:
Draw a straight line across the width of backing of the ruffle placement for all three ruffles.
Make two baste stitches on upper edge of each ruffle and gather.
Right sides up; pin the lowest ruffle on the backing where marked; topstitch 1/4 inch from gathered edge. Press. Sew a ruffle to each of the other lines on the backing.
Right sides together, sew raw edge to upper edge of top ruffle (which is attached to backing).
Fold and pin the upper half of the waistband to the wrong side so that the long, folded edge extends just past the seam line you stitched.
Slide the unhemmed, pleated end of each apron tie inside an end of the waistband. Make sure right side of both ties are facing out. Sew across the ends of the waistband and sew the long edge to the waist.