Monday, January 2, 2012


I had to laugh at myself yesterday.  Lately, I've been turning old pillowcases into reusable shopping bags.  Yesterday, I found myself MAKING a pillowcase!
This is my first ever pillowcase, using the Tube or Sausage method that I learned with this Missouri Star Quilt Company video tutorial.  EASY!!!  Why did it take me so long to try this?  It is for my darling niece to match the nightgown I made her this summer.  I just adore that pink owl fabric, and I will be so sad when it is all gone.

I have some books to send to my nephew, and I felt bad not sending something homemade to him.  How about a bookmark for his book?  Have you seen these Monster Corner Bookmarks?  I wanted to make him one, but out of fabric, not paper.  So I started playing around with fabric...

My first attempt:
I like it, but the bottom edge in the back is unfinished, just two fabrics fused together, and I'm afraid they might unravel. Back to the drawing board.

My second attempt:
After fusing the fabrics together, I hemmed the bottom edges before making it into a corner. VERY BULKY! I thought my sewing machine was going to revolt in protest! Back to the drawing board.

My third attempt:

I sewed the two fabrics right sides together (3 sides), then turned right side out and fused.  Nice neat bottom edge - I have found my method!  Although, why am I putting the ribbon loops in the corner?  While I like the decorative touch, they are unnecessary and add bulk in the corner.  I think I'll eliminate those from now on.
 But before I made a monster corner bookmark for my nephew, I was inspired to find some fabric that reminded me of water to make a corner bookmark to go with my giveaway of Riel Nason's book, The Town That Drowned.

Have you entered the giveaway yet?  If not, comment on my last post before I go to bed on Tuesday, January 3 for a chance to win the book and bookmark, the Urban Circus scraps, the travel tissue holder and the chocolates.

It's my last day of vacation, what am I doing on the computer?  It's back to the sewing room for me!


Janet said...

Cute bookmarks! I'll be happy to win the blue one along with the book :)

Hazel said...

These are supper cute, love them all.

Rachel said...

Cool idea for the bookmarks, Erin. I won't enter your giveaway, though. I already have (and have read) Riel's book and plan to get her to sign it this summer at our high school reunion ;)

Shay said...

I love that pillowcase tute and used it for Little P's pirate pillow. I really should make another one. Im kidding myself that since Im on holidays I have plenty of time to do it.

I Love those bookmarks. Such a great idea!

Julie Fukuda said...

I wondered about the loop. If someone pulls it, you've lost your place.

beth said...

The bookmark idea is a GREAT one! I'm always in the middle of a BOOK!

jirons42 said...

Coincidentally Sew Many Ways also blogged about sewing corner bookmarks today.

jan said...

Oh they are gorgeous what a great idea. Clever girl.

joe tulips said...

I love those bookmarks!! We made some with the preschoolers right before Christmas. They loved them and were putting them in books at school. They were even happier when they received books to take home and stuck their bookmarks in those. We used googley eyes. I wish I had a picture of them.
I never thought of making them from fabric!