There’s lots of little things I’m making for my family – some food-based things, a mix CD, etc – but this the last properly ‘big’ handmade thing I’m making. And by ‘big’, I mean ‘potentially heading for disaster by biting off more than I can chew’.
This pillowcase belongs to my brother, made for him when he was just a wee thing (he’s a grown-ass man now). It was made for him by a family friend, date unknown at the moment (I’m assuming the late-70s / early-80s sometime, but I’ll have to find out more exactly soon), and clearly very much loved. He wore it all the way through!
Brother (“Attie”, for short) saved it for a very, very long time, but decided it was finally time to get rid of it several years ago. I snatched it up before he got a chance, knowing we’d be able to make something from it. I’m kind of hoping he forgot I had it. The original plan was to make another pillowcase, cutting what could be saved from the leopard print material and using it to patchwork something together. But I worried it would just continue to wear through. In the end, decided it should be made into a wall-hanging mini-quilt, to keep it as a special keepsake.
It wasn’t easy to save the fabric – the leopard print is slightly stretchy and I had to kind of fussy-cut to get 3″ squares to work with. The yellow-orange fabric was so worn it was practically see-through and not even yellow-orange anymore in most places! I had to use a lightweight interfacing behind those pieces to give them a little more structure and make it easier to sew. I bought the reddish-brown cord to match the leopard print, mimicked the black edging thing from the original (I’m sure there’s a sewing term for that, anyone know what it is?) and of course made sure the ‘Attie’ got carefully saved.
I’ve quilted it in concentric squares (no photos of that yet, just done this rainy morning) and will bind it in black. I’m not sure how to sign it yet on the back, but it will definitely include my information as well as the maker of the original pillowcase.
This one is pretty great, spending limit-wise:
Corduroy: £5 for a half-meter
Black cotton: free, luckily happened to have already bought it as a remnant just because it was there
Leopard print and yellow-orange fabric: free, re-purposed
Thread, interfacing, whatnot: free, from home supplies
(I’ll still need a dowel for hanging and something for the tag on the back, but I should be able to find that stuff around the house.)
Total: £5 and probably my best-idea gift as well as being the only one that’s not making me freak out. And that’s worth a million.