I made this coat last fall for my daughter, and it is literally her favorite thing. She watched me while I was sewing, and every time I paused to adjust or think, she'd chime out, "Is my very special coat done?" She wore it every day through winter, and now that I've hung it up for summer, she still asks me to take it down for her now and then.
Emmie's coat was a huge blessing for us! I made it at a time when she had nothing warm for winter, our bank account was drained, and the weather was getting colder. I remember praying, "I have nothing. I can't buy her a coat," and then (maybe a little too whiny), "Why do I pay tithing? I could've bought a really nice coat, but now I can't and I have nothing to give her." I felt the spirit remind me, "No, you don't have nothing. What DO you have?" I thought about the bolt of nice wool felt that had been donated to the Scrap Box and I bought for next to nothing a few months ago. I also had some quilt batting from when they cleaned out the relief society closet, and I had some cute yellow fabric that I had been saving for something special. I had absolutely no idea how to sew a coat. But I felt inspired that if I would start with what I DID know, God would help me fill in the blank spaces.
I honestly can't believe how well it turned out! And Emmie loves it even more, knowing that her mom made it especially for her.
This pillowcase is cute and super easy to make. The button closure is stylish and professional looking, and also keeps your pillow from slipping out. I think it took me an hour start to finish, but I kept stopping to take pictures, so I bet you could do it even faster!
1. Gather your supplies
Here's what you'll need:
2. Cut your pieces
Cut your fabric into three pieces. You'll need to adjust according to the size of your pillow. I put my measurements in parentheses.
1 square (18" x 18")
1 wide rectangle about 2 inches narrower than your square (18" x 16")
1 thin rectangle (18" x 8")
3. Fold the rectangles and sew in place
Make a fold 2 inches wide on the edge of your rectangles. Iron, pin, and sew into place with a large seam allowance. (I know, I know, I didn't iron...)
4. Pin your pieces together
First, lay the square face up on the table. Put the smaller rectangle face down toward the right edge of the square. Put the larger rectangle on top, face down, toward the left edge of the square. Pin the pieces in place.
5. Sew around the entire perimeter
6. Trim with pinking shears (optional)
7. Turn right-side-out, add buttons and button holes
Turn your pillowcase right-side-out and lay flat. Mark where you want to put your buttons, then hand sew them on. Remember that the buttons should be on the lower rectangle and the holes should be on the top rectangle. Lay flat again and mark where you want to put your button holes. Sew button holes according to your sewing machine's instructions, or by hand if your machine doesn't have a button hole feature. You can also use Velcro, snaps, or ties if you don't want buttons.
8. Stuff your pillow inside and button it up.
All done!! Nice work. Let me know how it goes in the comments :)
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