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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

QUILTING IS MY PASSION, BUT CHOCOLATE COMES IN A CLOSE SECOND

Hi! Thank you, Madame Samm, for inviting me today. My name is Patricia, aka Yumm Yumz by patticakes. When I first tiptoed into the World of Quilting, I wanted the best of everything. So, I ventured into the alien territory of a LQS. I had been sewing clothing and home decor for many, many moons so it couldn't be so different from a regular fabric store . . . right?

Au contraire, mon ami! My LQS is much more magical, bright, and shiny . . . to this magpie's eye at any rate!

I immediately spied wonderful tidbits called Jelly Rolls.    And, beside them were smaller, even more wondrous items labeled Honey Buns





Next to them were lovely squares marked Layer Cakes. And, to top off all this yummy goodness, were Candy Bars.  Lions, Tigers, and Bears . . . oh, My! And, each and every one seemed to have my name on Speed Dial!!!

Next, I ventured to the treasure trove of patterns where I found White Chocolate, Strawberry Lemonade, and Cream and Sugar!  I dreamily skipped to the fabric section where I found Cotton Candy, Cappuchino, Mocha Mint, and Sherbet Pips!



Are you starting to detect a common denominator here?  Oh my, YES Everything (well, it seemed like everything to my perpetual dieter's eye) was named after food!  I was in Heaven - I had found the perfect hobby made just for ME!  You could indulge to your heart's content . . . NOOverindulge and never gain a single ounce!

So, it should come as no surprise that when Madame Samm asked me to do a tutorial on making pillowcases, I chose my favorite method . . . the Burrito, also called the Hot Dog, also called the Roll, and sometimes called the 20-Minute Pillowcase.  Easy to do, easy to remember, easy to make before Lunch!



Shall we begin?

My preference is to use three different, coordinating fabrics:  a main fabric, the cuff fabric, and a narrow trim/contrasting band that separates the main pillowcase from the cuff.  All measurements are based on the standard 44-45" WOF.

Fabric requirements for a standard size pillowcase:

3/4 yard (27") main fabric
1/3 yard (12") cuff fabric
1/8 yard of the narrow trim/contrasting band fabric

Fabric requirements for a queen size pillowcase:

7/8 yard main fabric
1/3 yard cuff fabric
1/8 yard of the narrow trim/contrasting band fabric

*  In Step 2 of the directions:  Cut the main fabric 32" long for queen size

Fabric requirements for a king size pillowcase:

1 yard main fabric
1/3 yard cuff fabric
1/8 yard of the narrow trim/contrasting band fabric

*  In Step 2 of the directions:  Cut the main fabric 36" long for king size

1.  Cut your narrow trim/contrasting band 3" X WOF.  Fold the band in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. 

2.   Cut the main pillowcase fabric 27" X 41'.  (*For queen size, this measurement is 32" X 41"; for king size this measurement is 36" X 41".)

3.   Place your cuff fabric right side up .  (This is your hot dog bun!)


4.   Place the folded, pressed, narrow contrasting trim on top of your cuff (hot dog bun) matching raw edges.


5.   Now place your main pillowcase fabric (This is your hot dog) right side down on top of the trim fabric and cuff fabric, aligning so that all raw edges are even.  Pin.


6.  The main fabric will be (and should be) narrower than the trim and cuff fabric: Like so.  Hang on!  Don't get your knickers in a knot - we will trim it in a minute!


7.  Starting at the bottom (un-pinned) edge of your hot dog (main fabric) start rolling your fabric up until approximately 3" of your hot dog bun (cuff) is showing at the bottom.  Make SURE to keep your rolled-up hot dog free of the top seam.  It should not be sewn through on the next step!



8.   Now, take the bottom (un-pinned) edge of your cuff, encasing your "hot dog" inside "your bun" and re-align the new cuff edge, making sure all previous raw edges are even.  Re-pin again.




9.   Stitch across the top of this tube through all pinned raw edges in a 1/2" seam.


10.   Reach inside your sewn tube (hot dog bun) from one side and grab the hot dog just as if you were pulling a sleeve out of your favorite cashmere sweater. 






11.  Press cuff and narrow band seams flat.  Fold pillowcase in half (wrong sides together) lining up the cuff and narrow band seams.  Now you can trim off the excess cuff and trim fabric, making all edges even.


12.  We will now be making a French seam to finish the pillowcase.  Pin WRONG sides of fabric together, matching remaining un-sewn two edges; the side seam and bottom of your pillowcase. 

13.  Stitch the side and bottom of pillowcase (Remember, you must have WRONG sides together for this step!)  using a scant 1/4" seam.


14.  Now turn the pillowcase wrong side out.  Push out corners and press pillowcase so seams are flat. 





15.  Now, with RIGHT sides together, stitch the sides and bottom of your pillowcase one more time using a slightly wider 3/8" seam.    You have just encased all the raw edges inside the two seams.  This is called a French seam and now your entire pillowcase has no raw edges at all!


16.  Turn your pillowcase right side out.  Push out corners and press.  You are done . . . just in time for lunch!


The pillowcase for this tutorial was made for this amazing project to deliver patriotic pillowcases to servicemen and servicewomen serving our country and defending our freedom.  Local veteran's homes and nursing facilities are always grateful as well for any small tokens to make their patients feel more at home.

You could also make and donate a pillowcase for my personal pet project, ConKerr Cancer, or any other organization for children facing life-changing illnesses.  Ronald McDonald Houses and children's shelters are always a good bet.

 It's fun to make holiday-themed pillowcases for Valentine's Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc.  With novelty fabrics so varied and available now, you can match your pillowcase to your recipient's favorite NFL team or other hobby or interest.  They are quick, economical, and fun personalized gifts to make and give.

If you would like to give the Hot Dog method a try, I will be giving away this Mary Engelbreit pillowcase kit on the Stash blog.  The teacups are in honor of our gracious hostess, Madame Samm, who is our Cuppa Cozie Queen.

 And, I will be giving away the Groovy Slug Bug kit on my blog.  I would love to have you as a Follower, but it is not required to win.  Simply, leave a comment here . . .  or there . . . or both places if you would like two chances to win, describing what (the stranger - the better) is your favorite quilting food.



Thanks for having me, Madame Samm and you, Gentle Readers, her lovely posse.  Enjoy your pillowcase projects if you should choose to try one.

 and Bon Appetit'!


oh and giveaway will be announced
on both blogs tomorrow-Thursday!

Congratulations to:

sandra (from Canada) Winner of the Groovy Slug Bug Kit said...

Kelly J (from Ontario, Canada) Winner of the Mary Englebreit TeaCup Kit said... 

Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get"?

Actually, Life is a like a fabric store! All the treats are waiting inside, you just have to push open the door.




77 comments:

  1. I love to nibble hot tamales and chocolate covered pretzels at my machine!

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  2. Congratulations Patti! What a great post and useful tutorial.

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  3. Our quilt guild makes these pillowcases for the children's cancer unit - over 100 pillow cases this year. Love all things Mary Engelbreit! I don't like to have food or drink near sewing (not allowed during our classes either) BUT the kitchen always has coffee, tea, shared baked goods, seasonal fruit or vegies, and just love when the 'deli' lady brings her homemade pizza!

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  4. I have used this pattern once, a long time ago - thanks for reminding me about it! You've done such a clear tutorial, it will be easy peasy to make one. Thanks!

    Mary Englebreit is one of my faves too....:D

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  5. I nibble on Choc covered raisins or peanut clusters - sometimes pretzels.
    I love your first trip to the LQS! I said when they came out with all those that someone must have been hungry when they came up with those names. I love the Mary Engelbreit fabric - I have a collection of teacup/pot fabric - this would fit right in.

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  6. I love to have dinner cooking in the crockpot so I don't have to leave my sewing machine to start a meal. And it smells so good while cooking.
    I like your idea on making a pillowcase. I'll have to give that a try.

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  7. Great post! and the tutorial is perfect...these pillowcases are really handy, fun and easy...

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  8. Thanks for the great tutorial. The pillowcases look great.

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  9. I know I have to try this method. It looks fantastic, and the tutorial was just great. If I had food at the sewing machine, I am sure it will end up all over my fabrics and make the machine sticky. So I like to suck on anise hard candies. That way I get a treat and the fabric doesn't stick to the machine bed.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  10. Thanks for the tutorial. I always have a big dish of hard candies nearby when I'm sewing, and red licorice (Twizzlers) vanish by the package. (I don't remember eating them,,I think it's a ghost)

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  11. I love this method, and look forward to giving it a try. I find that while I'm sewing is about the only time I *don't* think of food, so the more I sew, the slower my waistband increases!

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  12. Thanks for a great tutorial!
    I don't eat while I'm sewing but I do drink copious amounts of coffee!

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  13. i eat before and after but not during if could without making a mess on my sewing it would be chocolate :)))

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  14. Great tutorial. I will definitely be trying it out with some Sherbet Pips fabric.
    I would also love to win the Mary Engelbreit kit because I know just the person I can gift the finished product to. Thanks.

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  15. What fun! I have many grandbabies who need a pillowcase! Thanks for this easy tutorial. Much better way than I've used in the past!

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  16. Great tutorial--thanks for sharing! I like to snack on M&M's while I'm working.

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  17. Thank you for the fun tutorial...I make my pillow cases this way and made the most darling little shabby chic girlie one just this past Sunday which I have posted on my blog...pink and frilly!
    I really don't eat whilst quilting but I do feel free to purchase as much fabric as I want to support what I call a "HIGH FIBER DIET"! :)
    I also want to thank you for the Veteran's idea and the link ~ just last night I was thinking that I wanted to make at least one pillow case a week and donate them at Thanksgiving time. This will work!

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  18. Oh my, I'm a sucker for all things Mary E ! Thanks for the chance to win. I have these same instructions, but the tutorial really is a great reminder of the steps. ( I always get confused on the right side up, right side down part). About eating and quilting, believe it or not, I'm too busy to eat when I'm at the sewing machine!!

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  19. "Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get"?

    Actually, Life is a like a fabric store! All the treats are waiting inside, you just have to push open the door.

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  20. Good Morning Patty, now I haven't even had breakfast and I am looking at some of your comments and I am thinking..WORK OUT WORK OUT ...lol ( which is where I am heading as soon as I post this) ...First love this tut...I have quite a few kits just waiting to be done..now I can do it easier quicker and using your tut...way cool...and your kit giveaways..goodness me...that is sew nice...

    And what do I eat when quilting..I don't...which is why I possibly have lost sew many pounds...but coffee, I always have a cup hidden yes under my cuppa cozies.. need my coffee...lol Delightful post...( ps. I am not a chocolate lover, but give me caramel, butterscotch anything and you have a friend for life lol)

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing Jami's Pillowcase Project for the troops. What a great tutorial!

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  22. I am a chocoholic....however also a diabetic - not a good combination! I don't think I have any fabric with food on it - now I'm going to have to go look, hope this doesn't mean I end up cleaning up my sewing room! What have you started!
    This is the pattern I use when I make pillowcases, such a great little gift for little ones going on a campout!

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  23. Super post. I will make a few of them as you suggested. I love sending them stuff to charities. plus I could use one or two new pillow cases myself.

    oh and I hope I win.

    thanks
    cathy

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  24. My daughter and I have the fabric to make several of these. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  25. I've made alot of these style pillow cases and even taught teens at the local shelter how to make them. Your tutorial was the best!

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  26. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Your instructions are so clear and the photos really help. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. I can't wait to give it a try!

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  28. My favorite quilting snack is a soda. I have to keep it on a table nearby so I don't knock it over with the sewing and fabric. Thanks for the tutorial on the pillow cases. My friends and family love to have pillowcases to match the holidays or special occasion.

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  29. Great post~ pillowcases=instant gratification.

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  30. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!

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  31. We (four Golden Girls group) have made and donated over 100 cases to ConKerr Cancer and we use this wonderful method. We now cut the narrow band to 1-1/4" and sew it onto the wide band before construction so that it does not stick out after washing. Your instructions were the best. We use trail mix for energy during marathon sewing, but usually just stick with jelly rolls and layer cakes. LoL Judy C in NC

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  32. Your tutorial is great! Thanks. I don't eat when I sew as I tend to be too messy. If I sewed more maybe I would be thinner.

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  33. Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial. I try not to eat while quilting, but have been known to have some sweetened ice tea by my side!

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  34. BEST TUTE I have S@@N on this subject! Thanks!

    I HAVE to have a bowl of Peanut M&M's by my machine...or I can't sew a straight seam!! LOL :D

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  35. Thanks for the happy post and great tutorial! All I need is my coffee and I am good to go! thanks!

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  36. I've not had a chance to sample candy bars but I do love layer cakes! Oh and a glass of iced chai tea latte. :) blessings, marlene

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  37. Great tutorial. Favorite food? I don't know but it sure isn't 'leftovers'! lol

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  38. Nice tutorial! I'm putting it on my list. As for favorite quilting food...if you were to see me, you'd see that I'm not a picky eater...lol! But if I had to pick one, it would be Dove chocolate! Thanks for the chance!

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  39. Great tutorial - thank you. My favorite snacking food (at least today) is 'yogurt covered pretzels' - and the best part of all - I'm the only one in the house that likes them SO they are all mine.

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  40. My fav food when quilting....does a drink count? I don't eat, but always have a cup of tea nearby! This project has always confused me, but this tutorial is great - I think I can do it now!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I don't eat while quilting, but it's nice to have dinner cooking in the crockpot and for that I like Crockpot Taco Chicken because it's so easy - chicken, taco seasoning, and Rotel tomatoes.

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  42. On occasion I have been known to eat cheetos...with a fork or a toothpick so I don't get the orange gunk on my hands! I was also confused by this method, thanks very much for the tutorial!!!

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  43. My favorite snack food (currently) is Pocketini! It's a cereal from Germany that my grocery store stocks. It has a chocolate center!!!! Yummy! (The area around San Antonio and the hill country has a huge German population and we also have all the military bases. I'm sure they have had multiple requests for this cereal from people who have been in Europe and missed it!)
    Thanks for the tutorial!

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  44. I like to drink when I sew.....my fingers stay clean that way. Late at night I have tried wine, but I usually have un-sew the next day.

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  45. I have seen this method before and it's a bit like watching a magician pull a rabbit out of his hat - fascinating! I have yet to try it though because I was certain it only works for magicians...but with your great tute I just might! Thanks...burrito pillowcase...enchilada dreams will follow! xo, Nan

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  46. Well, it's not really strange, but my favorite quilting food is M&M's, the peanut ones to be exact. They don't leave a chocolaty mess on my fabric (I'm not to be trusted with anything that could possibly make a mess, as I WILL make a mess, LOL).

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  47. Great tut. I have been using this method for a while now, and it dose go together just that fast. Thanks for includeing the other sizes that will help folks out a lot. I have even made a mini one for a doll bed or baby craddle. works well for teaching others . It's a great stash buster too.
    My fav munchie when sewing / quilting would be a cup of plain alomonds. They are clean eating leaving nothing behind to transfer to what ever I may be working on.

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  48. I sometimes have a cookie close by when I'm sewing, but you know what??? I forget about it! My group is making pillowcases for kids with cancer. We delivered 97 to them last Saturday! Debbie in WV delitfull@aol.com

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  49. My favourite snack food is ice cream. I could eat it all day,especially pralines and cream. Love the tut will try it when I finish my grandson's quilt.

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  50. I LOVE those fabrics! And thanks for the great tutorials. I have searched for the method before but this is right at hand.

    The tea cups are perfect for me, I collect tea pots! So I dream of them spinning in my head. If I had this, I could even dream ON them!

    glen

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  51. Loved your blog today! MY favorite quilting food is chocolate raspberry truffles (ie, my blog name)!! I make them by the hundreds! If I win your giveaway - I'll donate the completed pillowcase to a worthy cause! Honest!

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  52. Thanks for a great tutorial!! I have been wanting to learn how to make these pillow cases! My favorite quilting "food" is jelly rolls -- love what you can make with them, and how easily!! Thanks!

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  53. Great tutorial! I am going to try making some pillowcases. My fav quilting "food" is a lovely glass of merlot.

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  54. I have made many of these pillowcases over the years and this is BY FAR the BEST tute I have seen!

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  55. That is the best method to make cases, I have made quite a few of them. Great tutorial, got my pattern at a quilt shop on the Cape while visiting my son in Boston. That was a very long distance find as I live on the West Coast, lol. For me Jolly Rancher watermelon is my choice anything else & it would be a disaster of epic proportions....grin.
    hadacres at comcast.net

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  56. I'm a carb girl ~ potato chips, flavored crackers, etc. Great tute, my daughter would love that kit!

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  57. Thank you for these instructions. Just last night my finger went right through the fabric on my favorite older pillowcase. Now I can make a replacement.

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  58. Favourite quilting food. I would like to say chocolate but the opportunities for messy disasters are far too likely. How about I just stick to water when I'm quilting? I think that's best.

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  59. Water and hard candies are my perfect at the sewing machine snack.
    I too love Mary E.
    Thanks for sharing your pillowcase tut. I'm anxious to try it.

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  60. I love making these pillowcases! As for my favorite food, well that's a hard one. I enjoy nibbling on pretzels or almonds while I'm sewing, but when I take a break, a dish of ice cream is wonderful! I love to be quilting and smell dinner cooking in the oven or crock pot, so my favorite meal while cooking is anything that needs cooked in the oven or crock pot. Not too picky, huh?

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  61. thanks for the tutorial. I sew love to have cherry slices next to my sewing machine. I don't always have them because I only want soft fresh ones and they are sew hard to find around here. Sew I like it when my hubby takes me to his favorite home improvement store that sells the best cherry slices.

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  62. Kisses and jelly rolls are my favorite quilting candy.

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  63. Thanks for the tutorial. I've made lots of pillowcases, but have never used this method. I'll try it the next time. I try not to eat when I sew, but if I need something, it is usually a candy like m&m's or the newer little coated candies (the Almond Joy bits are great). I almost always have water or coffee nearby.

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  64. I'm an ice tea junkie! Any kind of tea is good for me. I make sure I keep it away from the machine and quilt though. Thanks for the great tutorial on the pillowcases. I see Christmas presents!!! I'll have to make hubby and I one first. That will be fun. Thanks again for the giveaway too! That's really nice of you.

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  65. I always make my pillowcases this way and love the finished seams. Just bought some flannel to make snuggly pillowcases for a camp for kids with cancer!! I don't have a favorite quilty snack--just whatever hits my fancy! LOL

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  66. Great tutorial, and so timely. Grandson wants a body pillow for his birthday, Monday! I can enlarge this, and not have to use a zipper. Love it.

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  67. Thank you for the straight-forward tutorial for a practical pillowcase. I usually pop the nugget sized dark chocolate as my quilting "energy bar". Now, I'm off to visit your blog.

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  68. I have used this method to make pillowcases and love the French seam. Your tutorial is very easy to follow.
    I like coffee or tea and cookies when I take a break from my sewing projects.
    Thank you for a most excellent post today.

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  69. My favorite quilting snack is twizzlers or pretzels. I have 16 red, white and blue pillowcases ready to ship ...they are going to a veteran hospital in Florida. I make my pillowcases the same as you but use a narrower trim. I cut my trim 1 1/4" or even as narrow as 1" and looks like a piping. I've also used 3/4" to 1" eyelet lace.....makes a nice girly pillowcase. This is about the only time I prewash my fabric. Great tutorial Patricia (o:

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  70. Thank you for your tutorial. I love this pillowcase. Thank you for the opportunity to try to win your pillowcase kit. The food term I use the most is sandwich.
    Thanks

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  71. Thank you for your tutorial, it looks incredibly easy to do... I'm a big fan of pillow cases, I'm so in love with the fabrics with teacups, my favorite quilting food's sandwich... sometimes when I'm extra busy, that's the only food I'm able to make, you know 2 pieces of bread and the yummy batting LOL

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  72. Lately I'm into Veggie crackers. I may be way over to the other side of menopause, but I still like crunchy salty snacks. A bit of wine is nice but I Hate frogging. I Love making pillowcases. Quick, easy, and instant gratification. Lately I've been making pillowcases for my sister's church. We then convert them into pillowcase dresses for Little Dresses for Africa.org, who delivers them around the world to girls who may never even have had a dress. Quilting fabrics make better dresses than the usual pillowcase, and are definitely prettier! Your tutorial is Terrific- I'll be sharing it with other pillowcase makers. Thank You!!!!

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  73. Oh this is such a great tute!! Thank you so much!! and for a snack, M & M's of course, they melt in your mouth not your hands!! Right!?

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  74. I enjoy tea or coffee but keep them at a distance since I have been known to be quite clumsy around material..enjoyed your tutorial..thanks for the chance to win

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  75. Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the look of these pillow cases.

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