Christmas is in the bag!
Gather your supplies:
• Printed cotton remnants in assorted patterns
• Paper-backed fusible web
• Standard pillowcase in colour and design of choice
• 25mm grosgrain ribbon (we used red with white stitching)
You’ll also need:
Fabric snips; scissors; iron; pencil; ruler; rickrack braid (we used silver); fabric glue; large safety pin
Use fabric snips to trim remnants into neat squares and rectangles, a little larger than shapes and words that you’ll cut out. Use scissors to cut fusible web to suit sizes of remnants.
Following pack instructions of fusible web, iron fusible web to reverse side of fabric. Ensure web face makes contact with reverse side of fabric and paper side is facing up.
Using a computer, print out chosen name in a font you love. The letters need to be the size you want on sack. On paper printout, shade over letters with pencil. Tip Skip the computer and draw the name right onto paper back of web.
Place printout face down on top of paper-backed web of your chosen fabric remnant.
Use pencil to trace around each letter on back of paper, pressing hard enough so lead shaded on face of printout marks letters onto paper of web.
Use fabric snips to cut out each individual letter.
Peel paper backing off letters.
Using ruler as straightedge, neatly align letters on front of pillowcase, about 15cm from bottom.
Following pack instructions of fusible web, use iron to bond letters to face of pillowcase.
Repeat Steps 4 to 7 to create other shapes to decorate your pillowcase. You can use your original drawings on paper, printed images from books or online finds.
Arrange shapes on pillowcase and follow pack instructions of fusible web to secure shapes to pillowcase. You can layer fabric shapes on top of each other
to give depth to your scenes.
Cut rickrack braid to width of pillowcase and use fabric glue to stick it 20–30mm below name position. Allow to dry.
To insert ribbon ‘drawstring’, use fabric snips to cut 25mm vertical slit, each side of pillowcase outside seam, just above ‘pocket’ seam.
Make matching slits on opposite side of pillowcase, this time on the inside.
Attach safety pin to 1 end of grosgrain ribbon and thread safety pin through first outside slit. Feed pin and ribbon through pocket of pillowcase. Pull safety pin out through inside slit at other end of pocket.
Feed safety pin and ribbon into next inside slit, through other pocket of pillowcase, then feed pin and ribbon out remaining slit – next to your starting point. Note One side of pillowcase pocket is the open envelope flap of pillowcase. Stitch this closed if you wish.
Remove safety pin and snip ribbon, trimming ends at a 45o angle for a neat finish.