Part Two, I received something a little extra when the sheets arrived! I decided to tackle the pillowcase first. This was a simple process made a little more complex due to the fact that the fabric was so thin and flimsy. Plus, it's a blend, so it's not quite as crisp as 100% cotton.
I began by carefully ripping the seams out, flattening it, and pressing it. I then cut it into two different pieces. I know, it doesn't look like I pressed it, but I REALLY did!
It looked even and squared up when I cut it, but it was a bit off. Not a problem.
I rolled out some sheer interfacing (glue side up) and put one of the sides (right side up) on it.
I straightened and straightened and removed all the fuzz and thread. Then I carefully fused.
The interfacing was bigger than the pillowcase, so I couldn't fuse too close to the edges of the pillowcase without getting gunk on my iron. But I fused what I could, knowing that I would cut some of it off.
Once it was mostly fused, I cut it down to size. One piece was about 18" x 30" and the other piece was about 17" x 30."
After it was cut, I did a final fusing, paying particular attention to the outside edges.
After talking with Bridget, we decided that I'd make one side into a big throw pillow and she'd take the other side and have it matted and framed! FUN!
Whenever I use this thread, I use regular thread in the bobbin - something that matches the top. So in this case, I used white thread in the bobbin.
Love my walking foot!
I added blue Wright's piping along the edge. I was a little nervous to do this because I've never put a zipper in a pillow that also has piping. It was tricky - I had to go back and sew an extra row of stitches to hold the piping in, but it looks...fabulous!!
I backed it with a piece of tan twill cut to the same size as the pillow front.
I stuffed this with a few pillow inserts so I could take the picture. But because of its odd size (about 17" x 29"), I will make a muslin pillow insert and stuff it with fiberfill. Well, I will ship the pillow and the muslin and Bridget will stuff it!
On to PART FOUR: The Fitted Sheet!