Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tutorial: Pillowcase with two pieces of fabric (no zipper)

Do you remember how I decorated my house for fall? After writing that post, I wanted to sew some pillowcases for the pillows we have on the couch. I had some fabric left from my fabric flowers and wanted to use them.
So, I asked our family's sewing expert, my grandma, for advice about pillowcases and she started talking about zippers and envelopes and folding and cutting... I felt so overwhelmed! I wanted something simple and qick, I don't have much spare time to spend on decoration so I had to find a way to sew 3 pillowcases in under an hour...

So, I thought of a simpler way to sew them, which may sound too sloppy, but trust me, you won't believe how amazing your pillowcases will look! All you're gonna need is: a pillow, fabric, measuring tape (or ruler, or cutting mat), a pencil, a chalker's pen (or a regular pencil) and a sewing machine.

Let's start!

The first step is to measure your pillow. Mine is 50 x 60 cm. Then, we put the pillow on our piece of fabric to make sure it fits.

What you need to remember is that you won't cut the fabric in the same dimensions as your pillow, but you're gonna leave some extra space as seam allowance when sewing. So, I added 3 cm in each side, and my final piece of fabric was 53cm x 63 cm.

As you can see in the photo, my fabric is slightly bigger than the pillow.

You are gonna use this first piece of fabric as a guide to cut your second piece of fabric. BUT be careful, there is a small difference here which I am about to explain..
Put your first piece of fabric on top of your bolt (your original piece of fabric), making sure that there is some extra space on one side. Look at the photo, where the scissors are, there is plenty of fabric left on this side.

We need this side to be a bit bigger in order to create an envelope for our pillowcase.

Cut all the 3 sides using your first piece of fabric as a guide and before cutting this side put your hand as a guide, leave some space and then cut (See the photo)

You now have two pieces of fabric, one slightly bigger than the other.

Let's create the envelope. Take the second piece of fabric, the bigger one, and cut it in half. try to make a straight cut, it doesn't matter if you cut exactly in the middle, but it has to be straight.

Now put all of your pieces together, right sides facing each other on the inside. You'll see that you are close to the end.

What you need to do now is to secure the ends of the two small pieces of fabric you cut before, so they don't frey. You can hem them if you have a surger but if you don't it's ok. This can easily be done with a sewing machine.

The ends I am talking about are those facing each other in the middle of the pillowcase. Start with the first piece. Fold it twice on the inside, about 1/2 cm each time and secure with pins. Do the same with the second piece of fabric.

This is how it will look when you're done.

And now it's time for sewing... You'll sew a straight stitch right in the middle of the folded part (see photo). Remove pins as you sew and backsitch at the end.

This is the result. Do the same with the second piece of fabric.

And you're almost done! Now let's put all the pieces together. BE CAREFUL! The right sides of your fabric should be facing each other. Put the big piece of fabric (the first one you cut), with the right side facing up. Then put your two smaller pieces of fabroc with their right sides facing down. Take a look at the photo for help.

Secure your pillowcase with pins.

Sew a straight stitch around your pillowcase leaving 1cm seam allowance. 

Once you're done, turn your pillowcase right side out, and you're ready! This is your pillowcase!! 

Now go, sit on your machine and start sewing.. Make as many pillowcases as you like, choose pretty fabric and redecorate your home! It doesn't matter if your pillow is bigger or smaller, the method is the same, you just adjust the dimensions :)

I made 3 pillowcases for my couch and I love them!

If you like my tutorial and try it, I would love to see photos! You can e-mail me at You can also send any questions that may come up about this tutorial. 

Happy crafting!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fabric baskets from Craftaholic

Today is a very special day for me. I've been meaning to make these fabric baskets for over a year, but for some reason I've been putting it off. 
Until last week. I decided to make some boxes to organize our drawers and somehow I ended up sewing fabric baskets for Craftaholic's collection..

I made different sets of baskets that can be combined...

A yellow elephant on a light blue polka dot fabric...

The inside fabric is white cotton, with dinosaurs, elephants and cats..

A second basket matches with the first one.. The white fabric is on the outside and the light blue fabric is on the inside...

And now the romantic ones... A basket with felt flowers... another one with a delicious cupcake... and the third one with princesses...

Here's a photo of how they look inside...

And this one is my favorite... A gorgeous sea green fabric with felt clouds...

Craftaholic's fabric baskets are made of 100% cotton fabric. The lining fabric matches the outside and fusible interfacing is attached between them to help the baskets stand.

They are decorative boxes which can be used for organizing many spaces... You can put the baby's stuff inside, diapers, comb, baby wipes, burp clothes, bibs and also decorate the nursery... You can store your kid's toys, his pencils, his books.. If you are a crafter, you can store your crafting supplies, your threads, your scissors, your patterns... And of course, these boxes are perfect to store your jewelry...

The baskets measure approximately 28 x 17 cm and can be made in any color combibnation you like.

You can order them from my Etsy store by clicking here.

I hope you like them as much as I do!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Owl family... a very special ornament from Craftaholic

I've been waiting for this day for a long time.. And yesterday, I got Wendi's message! The photo shoots were done, the photos were ready! 

But first, let's go back in time..  Last year I had an idea for Christmas decorations... An owl family, which represents the members of a real family. My first drafts were originally plain, and then I decided to embroider a name on each owl, to make them even more unique.. I made a few and gave them as gifts to some of my friends! They were thrilled!

So, this year I wanted to photograph my owls in the hands of a real family! I spoke with Wendi and she gave me some amazing ideas! I started sewing her own family, mommy Wendi, daddy Travis, little Claire and little Maddox! I wanted to thank her for everything and make her some special ornaments.

Once she got my parcel, she did a casting call and the cutest family ever answered, Benischek family! Seriously, they are one of the cutest couples I've ever seen and their children are absolutely adorable! But, I'll let the photos speak for themselves...


I LOVED the kids' clothes, the photos where they are decorating the tree with their parents, their smily faces!



This photo is one of my favorites.. 

Thank you sooo much, Wendi, thank you Benischek family for posing for my owls! You are amazing!


The owl families are part of Craftaholic's Christmas collection.. You can order yours by clicking here.

And don't forget these owls are not only suitable for Christmas.. They are a great gift for baby shower, for a friend who just gave birth, to announce a pregnancy  (awesome?), to decorate the nursery..

I hope you like them as much as I do! I can't wait to sew them for you!

Owls with a.. name!

(Originally posted on 9/26/2013)

The best part of my job is to be able to make something exactly how you pictured it! This is the beauty of handmade...

One of my favorite "products" here at Craftaholic are the personalised owls. These are no ordinary owls... They have a name and occassionally they have birthday! 

Each one is so very special, because she's made for one child.. Everytime I have to sew a personalised owl, I think of the kid who'll get it, where he will put her, what she'll remind him and his parents! The birthday of your baby is a very special day and parents remember it anyway, but a heirloom is always welcome :)

You chose them for baby shower gifts, for your baby's baptism, for owl themed birthday parties or to decorate the nursery.. You chose them for your most special moments and I couldn't be happier... It is my pleasure to sew them for you...

You can order your own personalised owl from my Etsy shop here.

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