Zakka Sew Along project: the Little Pocket Pillowcase, designed by Meg Spaeth of elsiemarley.com.
Lindsey asked me to be part of the Zakka Along, I basically begged her to let me do this project. It has my kids written all over it—they love cute little animals, and they especially love cute little animals that come with their own homes, beds, and/or carrying cases. So, a cute little animal that can be stowed in its own pocket on a cute little pillow? Three-year-old-girl heaven, I'm telling you.
This project is from the book Zakka Style, compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale, so you'll need the book to make it. Lindsey of LR Stitched has spent the last several months running a sew-along of all the projects in the book, and this post is part of that series. Click here to catch up on all the posts.
Essex Linen in Putty by Robert Kaufman for the body of my pillowcase, winter-white felted wool for the bear, and an assortment of pink and green scraps for the patchwork.
The first thing to tackle: The diamonds, which are used for the patchwork pocket, the bear's tummy, and the patchwork piping. The book provides a template for cutting out the diamonds, but that is a lot of template cutting. I found it much easier to cut the diamonds from strips. Here's how I did it:
1. Cut strips 1 9/16" wide. Yes, that's a crazy measurement. No, my ruler doesn't have 1/16" marks. I just lined it up between the 1/2" mark and the 5/8" mark. Trust me, it'll work. : )
The most challenging part of this project for me was the piping on the pillowcase—I've never made piping before, so this was all new to me. The book says to use 1/4" piping cord, but that seemed awfully chunky to me for such a little pillow, so I went with 1/8". Even the 1/8" cord seems wide to me, but that might be because I have no idea how to make piping, so I didn't get the fabric casing very tight around the cord. LOL.
As you can see, my daughter really loves this bear—she named him "Barry." (Well, I think she meant "Beary," but we won't quibble over spelling.) All in all, this was such a great project! And based on my daughter's very positive feedback, I recommend it as a gift for the little girl (or boy!) in your life. : )
Lindsey's post for her Zakka Along giveaway—this week, it's a fat-quarter bundle of the Le Femme line by Robert Kaufman. Plus, link up your own Little Patchwork Pillowcase for a chance to win even more prizes. Enjoy your pillowcase!