I was able to work behind the counter during the sale weekend and it was really inspiring to learn what people were planning with their purchases. There were a good number of pillowcases on people's minds, which got me thinking about my own, neglected pillows and the organic, cotton sheeting from Robert Kaufman. In fact, this is a great project for all of our organics (many of which are on our sale rack, by the way). Our sheeting is 57" inches wide and comes in white and natural (on order and in soon). It's price point is very reasonable and while soft, it will soften further the more I wash it. With as little as 5/8 yard you can redress your pillow in a crisp, new case.
For this project, cut one length of sheeting 20" wide and two strips of printed fabric 20" by 9". Adjust these measurements to fit your own pillows. Mine are standard sized. I used a Dan Stiles print (from organic company Birch) for my print. Attach the print to the short ends of the sheeting, press the seam allowance towards the print, then fold the entire piece in half (short ends and right sides together) and stitch up both edges. This is a great time to practice french seams if you are so inclined.
To hem your pillows, fold and press the raw edge of the case 1/4". Then, with wrong sides together, fold again halving your printed edge and bringing the edge of the fabric just to your previous stitching line. Pin and press. Topstitch close to your previous stitching line, making sure to sew through all the layers and to remove pins as you go.
For two pillowcases I needed 1 1/4 yard of sheeting and half a yard of print. I got enough for four, though, because I just couldn't resist the tree print, also from Birch.
Amy brought in the start of these super cool pillowcases that she's putting together using a classic notebook cover print for the main case and an embroidered edge piece for the hem. These make FANTASTIC gifts-- switch up the fabric and you have presents to cover birthday parties, wedding showers and hostess gifts.
(new prints from the line Papillon for Red Rooster)
This Sunday is Mother's day and if you are one or need to honor a mom in your life, we have got you covered. First off, there is a lot to like about a Gift Certificate and a couple of free hours with which to spend it. I know that lots of folks are down on the GC, but if you know someone who loves sewing or fabric, then TRUST ME-- they are great. Of course, if you take pleasure in picking out the perfect *tangible* gift, then here's a couple of ideas:
- Bundle a pack of fat quarters (we have tons of colour combos to choose from!) and a new book on quilting or fat quarter projects for inspiration and how-tos.
- Pair a Colette pattern and Gift Certificate for the apparel sewist in your life. Or maybe a new pair of Gingher lightweight sheers? She will thank you.
- Pick a colorful bundle of embroidery thread and Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray or A Rainbow of Stitches by Agnes Delage-Calvet, Anne Sohier-Fournel, Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz. We also carry themed pattern sets from Sublime Stitching, Tigerpup and Sew Lovely (to name a few).
And if you have some time this week, there are lots of handmade gifts that come together quickly with stunning results. I'm sure you've seen the Liberty Scarves from Purl. There's still plenty of time to make a Farmer's Market Tote or a couple of personalized tea towels. And don't forget scrappy about throw pillows.
And if you're angling for a specific gift for yourself, go ahead and drop your hints and send the gift buyer in to have a look around. We're happy to point them in the right direction.
My machine needs a good clean out. Does yours? Now through the end of May, Modern Domestic is offering 20 dollars off their Clean Oil and Adjust service for your machine. They are also offering 20% off all cleaning supplies (including needles!) during this time. Now, if you shopped at Bolt during our sale and can't spare your machine this month, you have a coupon on your receipt for the same 20 dollars off service and that one is good through the summer! This makes a great Mother's Day gift for yourself or a Mother in your life.
While your machine is being looked after, your fabric probably deserves a clean out as well. I try to do that every six months or so. Depending on how big your collection is, this can be a happy hour spent listening to The Splendid Table, or an all afternoon search and rescue mission. The most important thing I do is make sure to refold everything, switching up the crease lines. If I'm feeling especially ambitious, I'll run everything under a hot iron as well. In my case, I sort by fabric type, then colour. SInce I buy both quilt weight cottons and apparel weight cloth, I spend some time matching up new clothing patterns with their potential fabric mates or sorting quilt weights into smaller piles according to upcoming projects.
And happily, there's always a small pile of fabric on the side to donate or give to a friend. Of course, this frees up my shelves for some Spring Collecting.