Monday, September 5, 2016

New Pillowcases

Now there's a post title that I'll bet was a real interest grabber!

But have you priced pillowcases lately?  Geesh, for what seems to be a simply constructed item, I experienced a bit of sticker shock when looking for some new colored ones to coordinate with the bed quilt I finished a few months ago.

Since I'm basically a penny pincher economically minded, I revved up the old creative juices and came up with the idea of making some.

I had yardage of some yellow/gold fabric I could use along with some leftover blocks from the construction of the quilt.


Here's the result.


I'm very pleased with the way they turned out, and when things slow down a bit this winter I just may make another set.

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I probably should explain about the three pillows on our bed.  (Inquiring minds want to know, and all.)  Once a friend, upon getting a glimpse into our bedroom and seeing the three pillows, inquired as to how often we had a third party join us.  (Smart aleck.)

You see, my husband is a nice guy and all but claims he can't sleep with me wound around him.  So I use the third pillow as a substitute, getting a strangle hold on it, and we both sleep well.

Just thought you'd like to know.  Or not.

37 comments:

Dawn McHugh said...

I love your pillowcases, so much nicer and a perfect match to your quilt :-)

Sue said...

Ha-we do the same thing!
Love those pillowcases!-you are so clever. They're prettier than anything you could ever find in the stores.

Practical Parsimony said...

I found pillowcases for only $15 each. I left without pillowcases. Then, I went to Dollar General and found what I wanted--one pink pillowcase for only $3. In the past I have made pillowcases, too.

Kim said...

They are very pretty and I so agree on the price being outrageous for a set in the stores. I have made mine for years. Because we have 8 pillows on our bed and it would cost me a fortune! Only 2 of us sleep in the bed!!

Mama Pea said...

Thanks so much, Dawn. I'm pretty pleased with them.

Mama Pea said...

Sue - "Great minds . . . " strikes again!

Mama Pea said...

PP - Congrats on your super find at Dollar General! I always feel there's a good bargain out there . . . it's just a matter of finding it!

Mama Pea said...

Kim - Eight pillows on your bed!? Now I don't feel I have to "justify" my three! ;o}

Susan said...

There would be nothing in any store that could touch those! They are beautiful!!! I have four pillows and it's just me and the occasional addition of the dachshund.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - I'm sure "the dachshund" appreciates the extra pillows! ;o}

hoosier girl said...

They're lovely!

Mama Pea said...

hoosier girl- Thank you very much!

Rain said...

I'm "extremely careful with money" as well ;) I love your pillow cases. And yes, the price of linen in general is ridiculous as the quality lowers sigh...they're so easy to make, I need to get cracking on some too. Oh, we have five pillows on our bed, one for each of us and three for the dogs lol...

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Lol I love the reason for the third pillow! They turned out beautiful!! Nancy

Kathy said...

I am loving reading your blog. Your life is so different there to ours in the UK but the underpinning ideas seem so much the same. Thank you for sharing what you do

Mama Pea said...

Rain - Let's see . . . two people, three dogs, five pillows . . . hope you have a king-size bed! :o}

Mama Pea said...

Nancy - Thank you! (The funny thing is I've awakened a couple of times to find my husband commandeering MY pillow!)

Mama Pea said...

Kathy - Thank you for your kind words and . . . oh my gosh! What extraordinarily beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables you raise!! Just amazing!

Rain said...

And three cats...on a queen-sized, very lumpy mattress. We have no self-control when it comes to the pets. :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Fun pillowcases - love the design. We have five pillows on our bed - and all get used each night - sometimes six. We do love our pillows.

Kristina said...

Ha ha! Had to laugh because Hubby does the same thing with a pillow. I do love the covers! And yes the stuff sold in stores is very expensive these days. We have one set and it's rough getting them washed and dried and back on in these busy canning days.

gld said...

You couldn' have bought pillow cases that looked that great! Beautiful work.

Mama Pea said...

JoAnn - I had no idea there were so many pillows freaks out there in Blogland! ;o)

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - I wonder what Freud would say about us "pillow huggers?" Must be some security issue. ;o}

Mama Pea said...

Glenda - Aw, gee, thanks!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Three pillows fit across the bed, so three pillows it is.

Amanda Pope said...

Oh what heaven it would be to have a bed big enough around here for two people lol.I'm jealous ha!

Vera said...

Lovely quilt, pillowcases, and wall hanging....I am new to quilting so am impressed with your skills!

Fiona said...

I agree with you on the price of pillow cases...quite insane! I just made some from a sheet set that we got from the Goodwill. It was a double when we have a queen sized mattress and we got it in a bag of comforters that cost us 15.00. One comforter was still in its store bag! Anyway I am going to steal your idea for that third pillow for Ralph! Your bed looks beautiful!

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - Well, I did think just two pillows would look a little unbalanced. ;o} But then, a lot around here is unbalanced!

Mama Pea said...

Amanda Pope - The two of us don't always spread out to parts unknown (!), but when we want to it's nice to have the option of doing so!

Mama Pea said...

Vera - Thanks so much. I've been quilting for about twenty-two years now (doesn't seem that long and why can't I find time to do it more?) and really, really enjoy it. It's at the top of my list of things to do this winter.

Mama Pea said...

Fiona - Thank you for the kind words! We have a wonderful "second hand" store and I scoured it for my "new" pillow cases but they didn't have any in brighter colors. I didn't even think of looking for a sheet I could cut apart. What a good idea!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Nice job! I always buy my sheet and pillowcases at Ross, basically a outlet store. Great stuff, good prices.

Mama Pea said...

LHinB - Have never heard of Ross so it must not be in our part of the country. Darn. We could use something like that for bed linens!

Lisa said...

This is an absolutely fantastic idea!!! Coordinates with your quilt as well as the quilt hanging above your bed. Perfect.

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - Thank you! I was afraid my bed quilt and the one I have on the wall above the bed didn't coordinate enough . . . but now that you say it, they do have the same colors and tones. Whew! Now I feel better. ;o]