Monday, August 13, 2012

Little Patchwork Pillowcase and a Giveaway

Zakka Style Sew Along
Welcome to this week's Zakka Sew Along project: the Little Pocket Pillowcase, designed by Meg Spaeth of elsiemarley.com.

Little Pocket Pillowcase
When 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.

Little Pocket Pillowcase
This pillowcase might be more involved than the average Zakka Style project because of the diamond patchwork, but even so, most sewists should be able to make it in a solid evening or two. I used 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. : )

Patchwork Pillow diamonds
2. Line up the 60-degree mark on your ruler with the bottom of the strip and trim off the end of the strip on an angle.

Patchwork Pillow diamonds
3. Measure 1 7/8" over and cut another angled line using the 60-degree mark on your ruler. Ta-da, you have a correctly-sized diamond.

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.

Little Pocket Pillowcase
The bear was very easy to make and turned out so cute. You'll want to have a chopstick on hand for turning and for jamming stuffing into those little legs and ears.

C and Barry

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. : )

As part of the Zakka Sew Along, I'm giving away some variety packs of lovely Aurifil thread, which you probably already know is the bomb. Three winners will get an Aurifil thread pack, and one lucky winner will get an Aurifil thread pack and an Aurifil color card! Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

And finally, don't forget to check out 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!

199 comments:

Melissa said...

I love the color choices on your pillow case! Great job. And thanks for the tip on cutting the diamonds!

pennydog said...

I love the litte diamonds- thanks for the giveaway!

Heather said...

Cute

Tara said...

So cute!

Mareenchen said...

Piping, yeah, haven't made piping since 2010 and it wasn't very tight back then, either. Thanks for the chance!

beaquilter said...

cute stuff! count me in

Michelle said...

i still haven't tried Aurifil, but would love to if i was lucky enough to win!

Teresa said...

I love the diamonds and colors.

Diane said...

Very cute and I love the fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

Bree said...

Okay, that pillow is adorable. It's totally going on my list of christmas gifts to make!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Aw, I love 'Barry' and his pillow!!

piece peace said...

My little girls will go nuts over those.

Shocking Hocking said...

barry cute!

Sara said...

The diamonds look really fun to work with! Your daughter is sweet;)

Amanda K said...

Such a cute project!

Sarah said...

What cute gift for a little person!

brandy said...

very cute! love the fabrics. thanks for the chance:)

Gill said...

Gorgeous! One of my favourite projects so far!

Doreen said...

I love to make piping and this project is super cute! My little g.grand sweetie is going to love this (make now/give later as she is just 1 y.o.). That thread is absolutely the BEST!!!! Makes FMQ so wonderful and the colors are gorgeous....awesome give-away and start to the week!!! Hugs, Doreen

eileen c said...

Fun project -- I might have to try it.

Seacoast Quilter said...

I have a granddaughter who just turned two in July. This is going to be part of her Christmas present.

Séverine Decker said...

I try too, I would like to try thoose wonderfull threads. I live in France, in case I win, I can pay the shipping costs if you want!
Best regards from France

Séverine

unemerceriealacampagne@orange.fr

Eva said...

The little bear is just about the size for a little one's hands.

Katherine said...

How cute! I have a feeling my niece would like this very much...

jenna said...

Love this! the bear is so cute!

Charlene S said...

A pillowcases with a pocket! What a unique idea!

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

What a great way to cut the diamonds! Thanks for sharing!

Kelsey said...

Such a cute little project!!

Christy said...

Cute! My daughter would love this.

Debbie said...

Cute project, Lee! I'd like to be able to try out Aurifil threads.

Rachel said...

The diamonds are adorable.

kbzelazny said...

I would love to win some of this thread! Thanks so much, and your daughter is adorable!

Tiffaney said...

What a cutie! And the bag & bear are cute too.

tinkingalong said...

I agree..little ones love softies that come with their own little nest. Cute project!

Tanyia said...

aww thanks for the chance, I love what you created!

Heather said...

I've been dying to try some of that thread-- thanks for the chance! What a cute pillow (and daughter!)

Meg said...

Thank you for the giveaway

Debbie said...

Really sweet - thanks for sharing. I just happen to have a little grandgirl who will love this too!

Simone de Klerk said...

This is so helpful ~ thank you! You made such a sweet pillow with bear. Your daughter looks so happy and proud. It's HERS!!!
Thank you for the chance to win the thread!

cherylj said...

Such a cute pattern, I love those diamond shapes. Thanks for the chance to win the thread.

babiesdoc said...

such a sweet little girl with her bear.

Julie said...

Lovely pillowcase! Your little girl looks so sweet. Would love to get some aurifil thread! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

Erin and Daniel Palmer said...

love the patchwork pillow! Thanks for the chance to win the thread! eatkin85@yahoo.com

Sewcando said...

Turned out really cute. Thanks for sharing this.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Super cute pillow and so beautiful fabrics! Thank you for a give away!

Sheila said...

Your little pillow turned out so sweet, and your piping doesn't look like a first attempt!

Jess said...

So cute. Love that bear. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kim @PersimonDreams said...

Loving all the Zakka goodness being created everywhere! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Jacque said...

Aw, how adorable! (The project is cute, too, he-he!)

Amy DeCesare said...

Barry and her new owner are very cute. The pillowcase is lovely, too!

mary said...

I have 4 little girls in mind for the bear pillow case. Cute.

Artsy-Craftsy Ivy said...

What a cutie! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Linda F. said...

I wish I had a cute little 3 year old to model for me! Thanks for the chance to win some thread.
Linda F

needle and nest said...

What a cute little project! Thanks for the chance to win some of that awesome thread! :)

Kim said...

Really cute! I would like to learn to make piping, this may be a good project to give it a try.

tartankiwi said...

What a gorgeous project. It certainly sounds like something that my three year would love love love!

Amira Ameruddin said...

Adorable.. The bear and your dearest daughter.. I love the colors of those patches

Kris said...

I love the colours, you have chosen! Definitely my colours :))) I do have kids too, a little older but (12, 11, 9). Nevertheless they want the cushion and toy ;)

Cary said...

Your pillow is adorable. I'm ready to begin mine, and am happy for the diamond cutting suggestions!

Donna~~ said...

Love the photo of your daughter--bet she loves the little bear!

Norma's Clay said...

Very cute! Great idea. Every kid will love this.

Leanne said...

It is an adorable project and clearly your daughter loves it. I love diamond patchworks, your ruler tips are great.

freakadoodles said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with the piping cord. I haven't made piping before either, and I also thought the 1/4" cord sounded too big. I will definitely try something smaller!

capitolaquilter said...

Such a cute project and your daughter is adorable. Aurifil is the only way to go!

Kate said...

Adorable! Your little girl and the project! Can't wait to try this! And when making piping, the Piping Hot binding tool really helps! That, and a zipper foot. Unfortunately, I loaned mine out and have never seen it again!

Wendy said...

Oh wow, your pillow case looks great, and your bear is so cute! I should have come here first, I made mine last week. I did spend ages cutting out the diamonds and my bear turned out rather... strange!

Diann said...

Nice job on the cute pillowcase and bear. I can imagine that a little kid would just love them.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

So cute! I have the book and a 2 YO granddaughter...time to get started on this project.

Sara (My Semi-Creative Life) said...

Adorable pillowcase and bear. Great tip on cutting diamonds!

Anne-Marie B. said...

Such a cute pillow... for a cute little girl! Thanks for this giveaway!

Amy said...

Very cute! Definitely could see this as gifts for the little ones in my life!

Anita said...

I couldn't agree with you more, aurifil is the bomb in my book. Thank you for the chance to win.

Kathryn said...

I sew both pillowcases and little bears as charity projects. I never thought of putting them together!! Just wonderful.

Marjorie Nath said...

Very cute pillow. Having retired to Mexico, I would love to win the prize. I didn't know that supplies would be this hard to get in a small town.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

great pillow Lee...thanks for your condolence last week. I would love to win this thread...wonderful prize.

legato1958 said...

Adorable! And love your color choices.

anna sposato said...

Gorgeous. My first attempt at those diamonds was.. well they didn't turn out like they should. I ended up making one with a nice hearts print. Now after reading your review I'm going to give it another try :) thank you for your tips and the chance to win.

anna sposato said...

Gorgeous. My first attempt at those diamonds was.. well they didn't turn out like they should. I ended up making one with a nice hearts print. Now after reading your review I'm going to give it another try :) thank you for your tips and the chance to win.

anna sposato said...

Gorgeous. My first attempt at those diamonds was.. well they didn't turn out like they should. I ended up making one with a nice hearts print. Now after reading your review I'm going to give it another try :) thank you for your tips and the chance to win.

Tiffany said...

That little bear is adorable! Nice work on the piping!

Lora said...

I love the diamonds! And, yes, this is little girl heaven :) I would love to make this with a guinea pig in the pocket (you can find Flat Bonnie on Etsy - like that) to give to my guinea pig-loving friend for her upcoming birthday :) Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

Captain StitchyPants said...

What an adorable pillowcase! Thank you for the giveaway, too.

Meredith said...

Love the pillowcase and love auriful!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Great pillowcase!!

Aubrie S said...

Such a cute bear! Thanks for the giveaway!

Shena said...

I love the little diamond carrying case. So cute!

Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

Isa said...

I looove auriful. Thankies for the awesome give away :)

Courtneysews said...

Adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

bruinbr said...

What an adorable project! Thanks for the tip re: making the diamonds. I chuckled when I read the measurement. I trust you :)

Katie said...

Aurifil thread is the bomb!

Debbie said...

I would love to win! Thanks!

gccmom said...

I love this pillow! I really need to make one for my grandson!

KarenH said...

So cute! I need to make this.

Barbie Mills said...

That pillowcase is adorable, the little diamonds really make it. Good job on doing piping for the first time!

Tamie said...

This is such a cute project. Your daughter looks very happy. Also, I'd love to give this thread a try.

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute, both the project and the recipient :o)

B Greene said...

great project - thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Lindo,lindo,obrigada pela chance.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

verykerryberry said...

No giveaway entry for me, just wanted to say how lovely the pillow looks!

Kay said...

I have a niece that would love one of these cushions, having the little bear makes it so adorable. I would love. love, love to win some Aurifil, having hear dso much about it I would love to try it. If I won I could pretend it was my birthday.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Nat at Made in Home said...

I love the bear! And great giveaway!

Andee said...

Thanks for the chance!

Patti said...

Thanks for the info on cutting diamonds! Your daughter looks so darn cute with her bear!
Thanks for the giveaway. Aurifil is surely the best thing ever!

Jennie P. said...

Love the pillowcase!

Katie B. said...

I think the little boy in my life would love this too! How sweet!

Julie said...

Very very cute :) I have a great nephew who would love this.

Anonymous said...

I've never tried that thread before. It would be fun to try some. Thanks for the give-a-way. Nyla-Jean, quilt.knightly@yahoo.ca

Debbie said...

The pocket is such a cute idea.

vexa said...

Cute! I plan to do sweet girl version as well :-) Yours is lovely!

Anne said...

I'd love to win the thread. Thanks for the chance.

Nana-Bob said...

So cute! :) Thanks.

Dawn said...

So cute! And those diamonds are just awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!
Good Luck, Everyone!! :)

Karen D said...

Love Aurifil!!!

Judi Creed said...

Maybe I haven't won anything because I've been waiting to win this fabulous thread! Thanks for the chance!

Lee said...

The diamonds are fabulous! thank you for the giveaway!

Kristen Sanderson said...

This looks like a great project! My neice would love something like this. I have never tried Aurifil thread but have heard great things about it. Thanks for the great giveaway. ksanderson@hotmail.ca

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Wow your pillow case and bear turned out so amazing! I haven't picked my fabrics yet to make this one but now you have inspired me :) Thanks - and thanks for the chance to win too!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

he bear is adorabl. I'd love to try out the aurifil thread.

Melissa said...

I love the diamond pattern! How did you come up with the measurements for it? I'd love to do a diamond pattern on a pillow or something.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Adorable!

emily louise said...

Sew it sista

Caro said...

Geary cute bear and extra cute daughter:). Thanks for a chance to win some Aurifil thread.

Ebeth said...

Aurifil has a color card? How did I not know this? Awesome sauce.

lwghosts at yahoo dot com

Holli said...

Very cute! Thank you for the chance to win!

Kate said...

I've heard great things about Auricular thread and I'd love to try it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on making piping for the first time!

Sharon said...

What a great give- away!
I love those little diamonds!

ME said...

So cute! My son would love this!

Heidi said...

Fun! Thanks for the chance!

Miranda said...

Love the pillow and the little bear! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

Allison C said...

That bear is so cute! I need to make one now.

Jezibels ~ sproutbabysprout.blogspot.com said...

Would love to see what all this Aurefil hub-ub is all about! Love the pillow and bear pounch Im working on matching teddy bear sleeping bags for my two little girls right now.

Nita said...

I've heard so much about this Aurelio thread...am dying to give it a try!

debby said...

I would love the thread. I have been wanting to try it.

Shirley Tener said...

I know you recommend it for a cute little girl like the one you have, but I have a grandson that will love this too. I hope my new Essex Linen gets here in time. I have some $20.00 yd linen and I love him, but I am saving that up. This has been fun, now that I have caught up.

Anda W said...

I have tried other threads but Aurifil is far superior to any of them! awolk at rogers dot com

jmniffer said...

I've read so many good things about Aurifil thread; I would love the chance to try it out for myself. Thanks for the opportunity.

ARod said...

Thanks for the chance to try Aurifil thread!

Debg said...

OOOh I LOVE Aurifil thread. It is so fine and sews pefectly,

dortha said...

I enjoyed reading about your project. I would love to win some thread.

dortha said...

I enjoyed reading about your project. I would love to win some thread.

Jodie said...

Sooo cute! I'm definitely going to give it a try.

Kimi said...

The fabric you used in the project is adorable, as is your little one!

Karrie S said...

I love the bear! She is so cute holding the bear! I love Aurifil so thanks for the chance to win!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

That is adorable! I love the photo of your daughter loving her bear. We have a "beary" at our house too.

Rhonda D. said...

What a cute project. I have 2 great neices (twins) who would love this.
Great giveaway!! Would love some aurifil thread!! Thanks for the chance
to win!!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the tip on cutting the diamonds. And thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa Marie said...

Adorable project for an adorable girl!

Haley said...

I love the built in pocket on the pillowcase. Adorable!

Homemaker Honey said...

Lovely, lovely thread! I've heard so much about Aurifil thread, but have not tried it yet.

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

giddy99 said...

An Aurifil thread pack!? That is SO awesome! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Katherine said...


This is soooooo cute. I don't even feel like I need a pattern, I can make up my own animal and pillow cases are easy!

Linda said...

Your pillow carrier and bear are adorable, and look so cuddly. They'd be nice to sew for grandchildren too. As for Aurifil thread, you're right, "It's the bomb." Still my all-time favorite. Thanks for the chance to add spools to my thread stash.

christilee said...

Would love to win!!!

Nicole said...

Very cute pillowcase!

Caryn said...

What a cute project and an adorable little girl!

Fran said...

That's such a lovely patchwork pillowcase/carrier satchel - such pretty fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil, I have just discovered how amazingly fantastic it is.

Sarah said...

I would love to try out some new thread.

mahoo said...

I was afraid you were going to try to take the bear from that little sweetie! (and it's obvious Barry belongs to her!) Thanks for the chance to win.

Anita said...

Thanks for the great cutting tip and giveaway :)

Gina said...

Your little girl looks so happy with her pillow and bear . Great project . Love the colors you used .

Gloria said...

Very nice fabric colors in there. Im sure your little one enjoys what her mom did. Thanks for the cutting tip.

Beeshebags said...

Great tip about the diamonds, would never have thought of that, gonna have to bookmark this post in my techniques folder.

Just shared the post on my Facebook wall.

Hugs
Naomi

Cheryl Hackett said...

Love this project & will have to make one for my youngest granddaughter.

PT in SC said...

Cute, cute. and love the thread too.

Cliodana said...

your pillow case is adorable, like your daughter! thank's for the chance to win, i don't use this kind of thread, maybe it's time for me to try it!

Margaret said...

This is way cute. I had picked this as one of the projects in the book that I wanted to make. Unfortunately, I have a ton of stuff from the last couple of hops that I am working on and I just know if I start this now it won't get finished. I am hoping to make one for my granddaughter for Christmas. I also want to try the Aurifil thread but my local shop doesn't carry it and I haven't wanted to order it due to shipping costs. Hope I win.

Samantha said...

Your pillowcase looks great! Thanks for the diamond tips.

Sara Amerine said...

That little guy is super cute!

Kathleen O'Grady said...

Love the diamonds and the colors. You have a very cute daughter :) Thanks for the diamond tips and the giveaway!

Miss Beau Jangles said...

Thanks for the chance!

jemfl said...

My grandaughters made bears simlar to yours
for a suummer sewing class with me. They gave
one to a new cousin, the other to a friend's
baby shower! Wallets are next project!
Thanks.

Linda said...

HI! VERY CUTE PROJECT!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

hueisei said...

The bear is so cute!

schwip said...

Oooh, oooh - pick me!

Mrs Yoastie said...

Very cute barry and very cute girlie.

Dianne Neale said...

Oh I know loads of little girls who would love this!

I've just discovered aurifil. Thanks for the chance to win

Heather D. said...

Very cute project! And thanks for the chance at the giveaway. I love Aurifil.

audrey said...

I've never tried Aurifil, but I hear it's lovely!

And I LOVE Barry! :)

Anonymous said...

Have never tried Aurifil...great opportunity!
Meghann Connor
meghann@connorartistry.com

Rachel said...

Great giveaway ... I have not yet tried Aurifil, but have heard raves about it ... thanks for the chance to win and try it out

mommy2madeline@hotmail.com

Lettyb said...

I'm so excited that I already own the book. Your version is just darling! Would love to try the Aurifil too.

jillquilts said...

What a great little bag! Love the diamonds!

Sabrina said...

Barry is adorable!

PamC said...

Cute project!

Florence said...

I like your idea to cut the diamonds ! Thanks !

cass said...

i love the little bear! so cute! and the aurifil is just beeeeutiful. thanks for the giveaway!

Tieing A Knot said...

I would LOVE to try this thread everyone is talking about, but not available to me locally, XXing fingers that I'll win!!
Jann

bee said...

who can resist the cuteness of that bear?! what a great project.
the aurifil is just a bonus!

Jenni said...

How adorable! What a great project. :D

Gunilla said...

Lovely little barry bear! Thanka for the giveaway!

andri. said...

Ow barry looks so cute! I'm happy to see that your daughter loves him too:)
andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

tubakk said...

I keep coming back to you to look at your hexagon and diamond project. You also inspire me by your use of bright fabrics. I'm now a new follower. tubakk@online.no

Marla said...

thanks for the tip on cutting the diamonds. It would have taken forever with the template!

Tsigeyusv said...

I'm bummed that my kids are so old now, as that bear and pillowcase are great. Not sure I can send my son to college with that!

Strawberry Patch said...

love the colours in your pillow and love auriful!

jude said...

very cute project and I love aurifil !!

Nancy said...

What a clever idea for a pillowcase!
nlczerw(at)gmail(dot)com

Dharma said...

So darling my 4.5 year old daughter would love this!

Emily C said...

Awww what a cute little bear.

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