Monday, July 11, 2011

Quick and Easy Pillowcase Alteration!--Guest Post

Hello Bloggers!

My name is Sarah Allman and I am the creator and founder of
B.I.B.S. (Baby Items By Sarah).
I hope you will take a few moments to learn more about my company by
visiting the links at the end of this blog!

I am so excited to do a guest post for Monkey See, Monkey Do and I hope you enjoy my
tutorial below for a quick and easy pillowcase alteration!

My daughter absolutely loves her toddler sized pillow but the pillowcase that came with her new toddler bedding was for a standard sized pillow. Nothing a few quick adjustments with the sewing machine can't fix!

First measure from seam to seam both width-wise and length-wise. This toddler pillow was 16" length-wise and 12" width-wise.

This alteration can be done in just two straight lines with your sewing machine!

Turn your pillowcase inside out and pin the open edge together to keep your seams straight; add a few extra pins along the way to keep your material together. Starting from the open edge, measure 17" (add a half an inch to each edge to accommodate for your seams) inwards. From the bottom edge of the pillowcase, measure 13" upwards (add a half an inch to each edge to accommodate for your seams).

It does not matter which seam you start with, but line the edge of your foot up to your markings as shown in the above photo. When you reach the end, you can either keep your needle down and pivot the material under the foot so you don't have to cut your thread, or you can finish the edge and turn the pillowcase and sew the other seam.

Trim your material about a 1/4" to 1/2" away from your seam.

Turn your pillowcase cover right-side out and voila!

How B.I.B.S. Began:
My Mom and Grandma taught me how to crochet at a very young age. I always loved to make afghans during the winter months and as I got older I began to make baby blankets for family.

In May of 2009, I gave birth nearly two months early to our daughter. As a result, she spent three weeks in the NICU. During that time I became incredibly touched by the people that donated crocheted beanies for the preemies to wear during their hospital stay. In an effort to give back, I spent the next months crocheting tiny beanies and by Easter of 2010, my husband and I made a trip back to the NICU in St. Louis where Ava was born and donated a hat for nearly every day that Ava was there (I was ONE short!). My love for crocheting and children has since developed into B.I.B.S.!

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Thanks again to Jen for my guest post!

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