|Victoria-Rose and Lyda with their matching pillowcases.|
I spent the week before their arrival home planning and getting things ready. I purchased Parts Gear boxes for them and filled them with a Singer sewing kit (12 threads, seam gauge, sear ripper, pin cushion, pins, shears, etc.), glass headed pins, embroidery scissors, needles, and small plastic containers of buttons. I also purchased detailed Singer sewing books for them. I decided that pillowcases with their straight seams would be perfect for beginning seamstresses.
On Saturday, the girls took my JoAnn's coupons, yardage amounts, and a gift card to JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts to choose their coordinating fabrics for two pillowcases each. They were gone for HOURS! Victoria-Rose later said that they were overwhelmed by the selections and distracted by all the goodies in the store. She also said that she now understood how I could spend hours there!
The girls decided that their first pillowcases would be matching ones of dark green with a cream/green floral border and cream cluny-type lace. Each girl also made another pillowcase with different fabrics. Lyda's was a blue floral and Victoria-Rose chose a purple floral but changed her mind when she got home. She then 'shopped' in my stash and chose the fabrics in the photograph below. Her second case was made to fit a king sized pillow she uses at school.
The girls learned how to make French seams and overcast seams for clean finishes and how to attach lace edging using a tiny zig-zag stitch. I was so proud of them and they were proud of themselves!
|The girls and Victoria-Rose's second case. Lyda had her other|
one packed in her tote already.
The photos below show a bolster I recovered and another small pillow for Victoria-Rose's bed at school. The cross-stitching on the little pillow was from a set of ten pieces I found at the Hospice Resale shop near us. Someone had done all the work for a quilt but then didn't put it together. The colors went well with Victoria-Rose's color scheme in her dorm/apt. room.
|The back of the pillow with an 'envelope' style closure. The bird will not be up-side down if the pillow is turned the right way up!|
A life well lived is simply a compilation of days well spent.
Have a delightful day!