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1950s Dress: Recycled for Pillow Cases

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Vintage Dress Trim

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Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Sizing Unisex
Style Retro / Vintage, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Mom's printed cotton dress from the 1950s to make trim for the pillow cases. White cotton/poly blend for the body of the pillow case.

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What are you most proud of? The thought occurred to me. "How can I share Mom's 1950s cotton dress with my sisters?" I deconstructed the dress, kept the bodice for a keepsake, and after laundering the skirt I pressed it and used a rotary cutter to make decorative strips for white pillow cases--gifts for my sisters. What a pleasant reminder of my Mother Lorraine to have her close when I lay my head down to sleep. I like making all kinds of pillow cases--so I buy white and ivory poly/cotton fabric by the bolt. At thrift shops I find vintage lace, or fancy white kitchen window valances, and sometimes white eyelet bedskirts to recycle into luxury pillow cases. Occasionally I stumble on antique lace borders to make pillow cases for my old Victorian home.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you are new to sewing, making pillow cases is a great way to practice. The secret to a great sewing is pressing between steps. Your seams will be straighter, and you won't accidently stitch a wrinkle into your finished pillow case. Take your time. Sewing is more than a hobby. It is time you are taking for yourself. Relax and have fun. You deserve it.

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Your pillowcases are pristine. I admire your philosophy and your sweet sharing spirit.

06/19/2012 Flag