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Guess what? I’ve taken on a new role as an Ambassador for ‘tickle the imagination’ magazine! I’m SO EXCITED about this. I really love ‘tickle’ and I’m so eager to help promote it and get the word out about this amazing creative lifestyle mag!

So in celebration of this new role, I have a wonderful offer to share with my lovely readers! Simply subscribe to ‘tickle’ and mention ‘Molly and Mama’ in the ‘notes to seller’ to receive this lovely three word necklace. It’s valued at $25! Click HERE to subscribe.

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Being a lover of handmade, and passionate about helping support the Australian handmade community, it makes sense that I’m also a lover of ‘tickle the imagination’ magazine! So when Tanya, the lovely editor, put out a call for ambassadors, I jumped at the chance.

If you haven’t been introduced to ‘tickle’ before, this is what Tanya says about it;

Published quarterly, tickle the imagination magazine celebrates the handmade and creative community in Australia.

tickle the imagination aims to inspire creativity, showcasing talented designers & makers, discovering emerging talent and sharing real-life stories and diy projects.

…be inspired by gorgeous images, take a peek into the lives of designers and makers and discover ways to include creativity & handmade into your everyday living.

Tanya first featured Molly and Mama in her ‘Celebrations’ Issue (10) in 2013. Molly and Mama had a gorgeous Easter feature. You can read more about the behind-the-scenes HERE.

Easter Collection 2013 by Molly and Mama

Then at Christmas last year, Molly and Mama created a stunning handmade Christmas shoot which appeared in the ‘Christmas Wishes’ Issue (14) in 2013. You can find out more about the shoot HERE and read all the kid’s crafty tutorials HERE.

Making Christmas Memories by Molly and Mama

Having my work and my words appear in a print magazine has honestly been a huge career highlight. If it wasn’t for Tanya and her vision, I may never have been able to fulfil that dream!

I really believe in Tanya’s magazine and what she is doing to promote, encourage, and share so many talented Australian makers, designers, and artisans. I love that the articles inspire us. I love the stunning imagery. I love the DIY projects, tutorials and crafty ideas. I love the business tips. So do yourself a favour, pop over to ‘tickle’ and have a look. I promise you’ll love it!

Thanks for reading, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright for Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com

Make a personalised Headband Holder by Molly and Mama

Make a Headband Holder

Welcome to another tutorial in the Little Girl’s Bedroom Makeover series!

My daughter has a really large hair clip holder on her wall that’s loaded with all the pretty clips I have bought and made her. But until now we’ve had nowhere to store her lovely head bands! So I decided to create this simple tutorial using an embroidery hoop, some ribbon, fabric and felt. And I really love that it’s personalised.

You Will Need

  • 8” timber embroidery hoop
  • 10” square of pretty floral fabric
  • 10” square of fusible batting like Pellon
  • 8” wide piece of wool felt
  • 8” wide piece of fusible webbing like Vliesofix or Easyfix
  • 30” of 1.5” wide grosgrain ribbon
  • 36” of 1” wide grosgrain ribbon
  • more ribbon for a decorative bow
  • water erasable pen
  • hot glue gun
  • sewing machine and threads to coordinate with your fabric, felt and ribbon
  • scissors
  • iron and ironing board
  • press cloth or piece of soft cotton or lawn
  • computer and printer
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • heat sealer, lighter or matches

Make a Headband Holder by Molly and Mama

Using a program like WORD on your computer, type out the name you wish to use for your project. Use a wide cursive font so that it’s easy to appliqué. I used the font ‘creampuff’. Make sure it’s about 7” long when printed so that it will fit nicely inside the embroidery hoop. When you go to print it, choose a printer setting that lets you print in reverse. My Canon printer says ‘flip horizontally’. That way your appliqué won’t be backwards!

Take your piece of fusible webbing and trace the name (with the paper side up). Roughly around the text, leaving a small border. Do not cut out on your drawn line.

Lay your fusible webbing over your piece of wool felt. Heat your iron to a hot non-steam setting. Cover your webbing and felt with a press cloth. Fuse the paper to the felt by running the hot iron over it for a few seconds. Don’t attempt this step without the press cloth or the heat from the iron will damage the felt.

Take some small sharp scissors and carefully cut out the felt name. Pop it aside for a moment.

Make a Headband Holder by Molly and Mama

Centre your hoop on the back of your fabric square. Using your erasable marker pen, draw around the outside of the hoop.

Cut out a wider circle about an inch out from the circle you have just drawn.

Find the centre of your circle.  I like to fold my fabric circle in half, then half again.

Peel the backing paper off the back of your felt name and position it in the centre of the right side of your fabric circle.

Make a Headband Holder by Molly and Mama

Cover your felt with a press cloth again and run a hot steam-free iron over the felt, to secure it to your fabric.

Now you’re ready to appliqué! For some great tips on appliquéing you can visit this POST. I like to use a blanket stitch for my appliqués. I feel it gives a really neat finish and it protects the raw edges of the felt or fabric. For this project, I’ve used the ‘blanket stitch’ setting on my sewing machine, using a clear plastic appliqué foot.

You can also blanket stitch by hand, or even do a simple running stitch. Truth be told, you don’t even have to stitch the appliqué down because the fusible webbing will keep it in place. But it does give it a lovely finish!

Start stitching in a join or bend on your word. I started on the base of the ‘e’. This helps to disguise your stitching when it joins.

Stitch slowly, carefully and close to the raw edge of the felt. Don’t forget to pivot your fabric (with the sewing machine needle down) when you come to a bend or corner. Be sure to carefully secure your stitching at the end.

When you’re finished, your stitching will look something like this;

Make a Headband Holder by Molly and Mama Now it’s time to pad up the fabric by adding some iron-on or fusible batting, like Pellon. I like to do this as it helps the fabric sit nicely in the hoop. I do it after the appliquéing step, so that the sewing machine doesn’t have too many layers to contend with.

Cut your Pellon batting in a circle that is just slightly smaller than your fabric. Lay the batting with the fusible dots down and facing the back of your appliquéd piece of fabric. Using a press cloth (as the batting will melt without it), use your hot non-steam iron to secure the batting. I had some scraps and actually used two pieces of Pellon. You can see how they meet on the back of the fabric here. I’m all for using scraps and saving cash!

Make a Headband Holder by Molly and Mama

Now it’s time to prepare the head band ribbons that will hang from the base of your hoop. Place your 1” wide ribbon over your 1.5” wide ribbon and centre it. Fold both layers over and stitch them together.

Using your erasable marker, measure 4 inches from the top of your ribbons and mark a small spot on the edge of your 1” ribbon. Continue down your ribbon, marking spots 4” apart. Fold back the top ribbon and now mark your 1.5” ribbon, except this time you are marking them 3’ apart. You can just see my markings in blue.

Starting at the top of your ribbons (where you stitched them together), line up your markings so that the top ribbon’s spot is directly over the bottom ribbon’s spot. Join both ribbons together by sewing a horizontal line across the width of the 1” ribbon. Be sure to use your reverse stitch on the machine to secure the beginning and end of your stitching.

Continue to line up your markings and stitch them down. You will find that the bottom ribbon will remain flat and the top ribbon will end up with loops in it.

Make a Headband Holder by Molly and Mama

You’ll have nine loops in total. Once you’ve trimmed off your threads, also trim the base of the ribbons. Heat seal the ends so that they don’t fray. I have a machine I use, but a lighter or a lit match provides enough heat to do the same job. Just quickly run the flame along the open edge of the ribbon to melt the fibres together. You can see the trimmed loops and heat-sealed ends above. Don’t forget to dampen your erasable marker spots to remove them too.

Well it’s now time to put everything together! I hope you’re still following along and are able to use the images for some added guidance.

Unscrew your embroidery hoop and lay your fabric over the inside ring. Pop the outside ring over the fabric and tighten the screw just enough to gently hold everything in place. Make sure your appliquéd name is centred, and that the screw is centred on the top of the hoop.

Take the top of your ribbon (the part you stitched down) and feed it through the top side of the base of the hoop.

Tighten your screw as firmly (but gently) as you can. Then gently pull your fabric at the back so that there are no bubbles or puckers on the front of your hoop. You want your fabric sitting taut and smooth.

Flip your hoop over and fold your extra allowance down inside the hoop.

If it’s a tad long, trim away some of the excess (ensuring you still have enough fabric to tuck in).

Now we’re ready to secure everything, so be sure you’re happy with how everything appears at the front of the hoop and make some adjustments if necessary. Your screw should be centred at the top, your name should be centred and straight, and your ribbon should be centred at the bottom.

Make a Headband Holder by Molly and Mama

Heat your hot glue gun, and run a line of hot glue along the inside of the wooden rim. Tuck your fabric over and use the glue to secure it down. Only cover a couple of inches at a time, lest your hot glue set before you get to it! When you’ve finished, your hoop should sit flush against a flat surface.

There are many other ways to finish the back of an embroidery hoop. You can cover the inside ring with a circle of cardboard, or circle of felt. But for the sake of simplicity, I have left it plain but neat.

We’re just about done. We just need to pretty it up! Tie a bow with some ribbon and trim the ends. Be sure to heat seal the ends too. Glue your bow to the top front of your hoop, and you’re done!

Make a Headband Holder by Molly and Mama

Such a simple project! You can feed head bands through the loops and you can also attach clips too. If you’d like to have a go at making your own hair clips, you can read the tutorial for basic clips HERE and for yo-yo clips HERE.

This is such a pretty addition to any girl’s bedroom! I have lots more inspiration for little girl’s bedrooms on this Pinterest Board too.

Thanks for stopping by for another Molly and Mama tutorial! Feel free to share your projects on our Facebook Page.

Happy creating, Lauren x

 This post was written by Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com 

Around the World Blog Hop

Last week, the lovely Kylie from The Mumblings of Little Moo invited me to participate in the ‘Around the World’ Blog Hop. These posts are such a great idea, because they remind us to share some of what drives us, and motivates us, inspires us, and encourages us. It’s a great opportunity to find out a little more about me and what Molly and Mama is all about. And you can meet a couple of my favourite Aussie bloggers too!

Blog Hop Questions:

1. What am I working on?

Right now I’m busy working on a beautiful pattern set that includes some applique and embroidery. It’s perfectly themed for the coming Summer months in Australia. I’d love to tell you more but I don’t think Jen from One Thimble E-Zine would appreciate it.  ;-) We’re going to release these beautiful pieces in the next edition of her wonderful magazine!! So it’ll have to stay under wraps until then. But let me just say, it’s happy, and bright, and something you’ll definitely want to check back for! Here’s a tiny sneak peek!

Something tropical is coming to Molly and Mama

2. How does my blog differ from others of its genre?

Crafty blogs and sewing sites are fantastic! You can get so many wonderfully creative ideas and be inspired to try new things. But for the absolute beginner, they can be a little intimidating.  So I set out to write some patterns, and create some tutorials that had complete beginners in mind. It must be the teacher in me that wants to help people learn to sew and create! And sewing is so much easier than people think. So I want my blog to be a space where people can come to learn how to turn their basic sewing skills into happy, pretty pieces. I’ll continue sharing free tutorials and projects. I’ll share my appliqué templates, my how- to’s and other ideas.

3. Why do I write what I do?

After having my two gorgeous kids, I continued to remain at home with them. So I wanted an outlet that allowed me to really connect with like-minded people who enjoy the same hobbies that I do. I think I was missing teaching, because I found myself writing tutorials for others. And I found that people liked reading them. I try and make my sewing tutorials relatable, and without all of the technical sewing jargon, that many new sewers don’t quite follow.

I really like that sewing is becoming accessible to all, and not just something for those that have been trained in it. I love hand sewing the most and I used to feel that the beautiful projects created by our grandmothers and their grandmothers were becoming a lost art. But craft blogs are helping make sewing knowledge a global thing again. And personally, I think that’s a beautiful thing!

I hope to encourage others to explore their own creativity and make things that are special and meaningful to them so that they can share them with their family and loved ones.

4. How does my creative process work?

When I was a kid, I used to drive my mother nuts. I was always drawing, making, creating, sewing, stitching, and crafting. That love and that yearning to create never went away. But when I had my children, it seemed to turn into a force that just had to have an outlet. That’s how Molly and Mama started. Like most people, there’s creativity in everything I do, so there’s inspiration in everything I do, see, and experience.

Pinterest is the most fabulous source of inspiration and it’s difficult not to spend hours there. I love looking at other blogs, crafty websites, and fashion magazines. Watching my kids play in the garden, reading their stories with them and all the other day-to-day things we do, all provide a source of inspiration too. When an idea strikes, my sketch book usually takes the first ideas down in pencil or pen. And it all just flows from there.

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So that’s just a little bit about me and Molly and Mama. I hope you’ve learned something new. Now it’s time to be inspired by two other gorgeous ladies. I love their blogs! These two wonderful bloggers have also agreed to take part in this blog hop, so I’d love you to pop over and explore their blogs in the coming week.

Kylie at Handmade Kids is a self-confessed handmade addict! It’s just as well that she started this amazing business to help promote Australian makers, designers, and all their gorgeous products. I love reading her Friday Features and monthly colour-themed Handmade Finds. Her giveaways are fantastic too!

Xanthe’s beautiful blog at Wife Made is so inspiring. She shares her gorgeous sewing and craft creations, many of which contain repurposed pieces. It’s her little sewing haven that helps keep her motivated (and helps inspire us too!).

Be sure to pop over and say hi to Kylie and Xanthe.

My next post will be a super sweet tutorial. So stay tuned! And until then, happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright for Molly and Mama. http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com

One Thimble PDF Sewing E-Zine

20% off One Thimble Sewing E-Zine

I’m a big supporter of Australian handmade. We have such a wonderfully vibrant, creative and supportive community and I’ve met some amazingly generous, talented and clever women. One such lady is Jen from One Thimble Sewing E-Zine. She has put this magazine together to showcase the best of handmade. And what’s even better is that it is designed to help you build and develop your own sewing repertoire and business expertise. It’s full of PDF patterns, including instructions with photos, tutorials, and pattern pieces to print at home. It also has a fantastic collection of articles to help improve your sewing skills and continue to grow your handmade business. The photos are gorgeous and you can’t help but be inspired! And it’s great value for money when you consider the cost of just one PDF pattern alone!

One Thimble Sewing E-Zine

So why am I telling you all this? Well I was lucky enough to submit two patterns to the next edition of One Thimble that is being released very soon! I can’t wait to show you the designs I have created. And I’m dying to show you the patterns and creations from some of the other businesses aswell.

Here’s a tiny sneak peek of my two creations. How cute are those kids too? (I think I’m a bit biased though ;-) ). Any guesses on the theme?

A sneaky peek at the Percy Pineapple applique template coming soon to Molly and Mama

Something tropical is coming to Molly and Mama - the Miss MIranda applique template!

You can pick up a copy of issue 1, 2, 3 or 4 for 20% OFF this weekend only! Jen’s celebrating the addition of their cute new puppy Lexie to their family. Use the code ‘Lexie’ at the checkout. Make a purchase HERE. (This is an affiliate link which means I’ll earn a very small commission if you choose to purchase via this link).

20% off One Thimble E-Zine

I love supporting handmade, our local ‘handmaidens’ and our global sewing community! Pop over to the One Thimble Facebook page if you’d like to discover more.

One Thimble Sewing E-Zine

And keep an eye on the Molly and Mama facebook page so you can keep up to date with the new pattern releases!

Happy sewing this weekend, Lauren x

This post by Lauren Wright first appeared on Molly and Mama  http:/www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com 

Spring Posy Flowers by Molly and Mama

A new Spring Project

This is such a wonderful time of year in Australia. And there’s nothing better than Spring time in my home town. We have a beautiful flower festival and all the local parks and gardens get involved. The flowers are so spectacular that you can’t help but be inspired!

Spring Inspiration from Molly and MamaNow I’m no photographer, but I have recently bought myself a digital SLR, and I have been trying to get out and about to practise getting better. It’s the perfect time of year here!

Spring Inspiration from Molly and MamaI think that poppies and bees make pretty good subjects! Don’t you?

Spring Inspiration from Molly and MamaWith so many stunning blooms around, I found myself drawn to my wool felt collection. I’ve been dreaming of creating some pretty felt flowers for a while. So I got crafting!

Felt Flower Blooms by Molly and MamaI created some basic flowers and then added some pretty embellishments.

Embellished Felt Flowers by Molly and MamaI used them for a couple of projects. One was to create this really sweet ‘Pretty Posy’ pin cushion for Sew McCool. You can follow the tutorial HERE.

Pretty Posy Pin Cushion tutorial - Molly and Mama for Sew McCoolThe other was to sew this adorable flower crown or wreath. I’ll be including a tutorial for this project very soon!

Spring Felt Flower Crown by Molly and Mama

Image by MiaMia PhotographyBut before I do that I have to get back out in the garden to water all my lovely blooms. It’s already warming up so much here!

But before I do that I have to get back out in the garden to water all my lovely blooms. It’s already warming up so much here!

Flower inspiration from Molly and MamaI hope you have a lovely weekend, wherever you are in this amazing world of ours. And I hope you’ve enjoyed having a little peek into mine. 

Happy creating, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama and appeared first on http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

Make a Sleepy Cloud Pin Topper by Molly and Mama

Make a Sleepy Cloud Pin Topper

I had so much fun creating this adorable little pin topper to go with the latest pattern in the Molly and Mama range – the Sleepy Cloud Pin Cushion! If you’d like to make the pin cushion, you can purchase your pattern HERE at the special introductory price! And keep reading for details on how to create the FREE matching little ‘cloud pin topper’. It’s only 1.5″ wide!

Sleepy Cloud Felt Pin Cushion Pattern by Molly and Mama

It seems like there are clouds everywhere at the moment. And I wanted to make my own little cloud that’s inspired by such a sweet trend. So I created this adorable pin cushion pattern. I’ve also created a cloud applique template and she compliments the pin cushion design perfectly. You can pick her up in the STORE now.

The SLEEPY CLOUD is one of my favourite felt creations. I just love working with 100% wool felt (you can read why here). And I also love making pin cushions!

If you’d like to create the tiny little pin topper to match the pin cushion, here are the instructions;

Make a Sleepy Cloud Pin Topper by Molly and Mama

TINY CLOUD PIN TOPPER

You will need;

  • two pieces of white wool felt measuring 2″ (5cm) wide x 1″ (2.5cm) wide
  • a sewing pin
  • small amount of polyfill stuffing
  • narrow ribbon for the tiny bow
  • embroidery needle and floss.  I used a single strand of white, light brown and pale pink
  • a print out of the template, which you can find HERE
  • sewing pins
  • scissors with short sharp blades

Lets Get Stitching

Sleepy Cloud Pin Cushion Topper by Molly and Mama

1. Print out your template being sure to avoid changing the print size settings. You’ll know your template is the correct size by using the one inch square guide on the template. Cut around the cloud shape leaving a small border around the outline.

2. Pin the template onto one of your pieces of felt. Cut out the cloud shape by following the line on the template. It’s easier to cut the felt this way when you’re working with such small pieces.

3. Place your second piece of felt behind the first piece, and use the first cloud shape as an outline for cutting your second cloud shape. It’s easier than cutting the clouds out together, as the pieces are just too small.

4. Thread your embroidery needle with one strand of light brown embroidery floss. Use back stitch to hand embroider some simple eyes on one piece of your white felt. Use the photo as a guide. Change the floss to pale pink and use a few back stitches to create a smiling mouth. Don’t forget to secure your stitches and trim the floss when you’re done.

5. Lay the embroidered cloud felt piece over the second piece. Using a single strand of white embroidery floss, whip stitch the two cloud pieces together. Start at the bottom middle of the cloud (where the pin will stick out). Stitch around the perimeter, until you’re about a centimetre from the start.

6. Take tiny amounts of poly fill, ball them up and gently push them inside the cloud to fill it. Use the end of your closed scissors to help manoeuvre the poly fill around. Once the cloud has a good shape, insert the head end of your pin into the cloud. Make sure it’s surrounded with poly fill.

7. Continue your whip stitching where you left off, to close the stuffing hole and secure the pin. Secure your stitching and trim away the excess floss.

8. Take your narrow ribbon and tie a tiny bow around the pin. Trim the ends and heat seal them if you wish.

How easy was that?

If you’d like some more cloud inspiration, head to my Pinterest board for more ideas! You can also sew another lovely felt pin cushion using the instructions HERE. It’s a sweet pear with a tiny bird pin topper. So easy, but super adorable!

Make a Felt Pear Pin Cushion ~ Tutorial by Molly and Mama

Or you can try Miss Molly. Her pattern in available HERE.

Miss Molly pin cushion PDF pattern by Molly and Mama

Thanks for being here to share another tutorial! I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Feel free to share your creations on the Molly and Mama facebook page.

Happy stitching! Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright and appeared first on http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com

Sew a Pretty Pillowcase | a tutorial by Molly and Mama

Make a Pretty Pillowcase

Welcome to the Little Girl’s Bedroom Makeover Series. In this series we’ll be creating a whole range of pretty pieces for a girly bedroom, including pillowcases, pillow shams, cushion covers, embroidered hoop art, a hair clip holder and more. So feel free to take on any ideas that are presented, and give them your own special touch. I’m really looking forward to sharing these tutorials with you, and seeing all of your gorgeous creations as well.

I’m what you’d call a ‘girly girl’ and I absolutely LOVE florals and pink! Now I realise that this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So if you can get past all the prettiness, I promise you’ll find some tips and ideas you can use with your own favourite colour scheme or fabric.

And one last thing before we begin; I’m sewing in Australia and it seems that the terminology can really differ from continent to continent. So I’ll try and make this as user friendly as I know how. But if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

So without further ado, let’s begin! Today’s tutorial is a bit of a warm up. Something simple and fun, and quick to whip up. Yes, I’m talking about the humble and ever-practical pillowcase.

There are a lot of tutorials out there for making pillowcases. And everyone has a favourite method. But I like to keep things as simple as possible. I like tutorials to be easy to follow and simple for those who are new to sewing.

I like to use up fabrics, trims, and notions from my stash. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a whole hoard of goodies to choose from! So for this project, I chose a pretty floral quilter’s cotton for my pillowcase fabric and a coordinating cuff from polka dots. Sheeting, poly cottons and poplins are probably more ideal fabrics for bedding (especially for faces to rest against). But I couldn’t resist the roses! I’m sure my daughter won’t mind. I also discovered some pretty lace, ric rac and braid that worked together well. You could use ribbon too.

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I’ve written this tutorial for a pillowcase based on the standard USA size of 20” x 26”. However the tutorial is easily adjustable to fit other sized pillows or cushions.

YOU WILL NEED

- fabric for the pillowcase and coordinating fabric for the cuff. Cut these to size using a cutting mat, cutting guide (ruler) and rotary cutter (or a big flat surface and a measuring tape). The dimensions are as follows;

Pillowcase top – 21 inches of fabric length x 23 inches of fabric width

Pillowcase back – 21 inches of fabric length x 31 inches of fabric width

Pillowcase cuff (from coordinating fabric) – 21 inches of fabric length x 9 inches of fabric width.

- 21 inches of trims like lace, ric rac, and braids that work well together.

- scissors

- sewing machine and overlocker (serger)

- iron and ironing board

DIRECTIONS

MAKING THE PILLOWCASE TOP

First we’ll attach the lace and cuff to the width of the pillowcase top. Take your cuff piece of fabric and fold it in half lengthways with wrong sides together. Give it a good press.

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Lay your piece of lace right side up, on the right side (width) of the pillowcase top. Take your cuff and lay it carefully over the lace so that the fold faces the base of your fabric.

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Pin all four layers together (base fabric, lace, and two cuff layers). 

Stitch the layers together. I used my four-thread overlocker (serger), which creates a straight seam stitch, as well as finishing the edges at the same time. You can also stitch the layers together on your sewing machine first. Then finish the seam with your overlocker (serger) or with a zig zag stitch afterwards. Be sure to use a smaller seam allowance, no more than 3/8”. And be sure not to stitch over your pins, but remove them as you go.

Molly and Mama - Girly Pillowcase Tutorial

Press your seam towards the body of the pillowcase so that it rests under the lace (be very careful with your iron heat settings if your lace or trims are polyester based).

Flip it over and gently press the lace down flat (use a press cloth if necessary).

Lay out your trims to decide the best way to pin and stitch them.

Molly and Mama - Girly Pillowcase Tutorial

I pinned my ric rac over the seam line first.

Then I pinned my braid in place.

Using complementary threads, stitch down your braid with the sewing machine. Use a stitch length suitable for the project. If it’s too small, it may create puckering through your layers. I stitched the right side first, then the left. I used my clear sewing machine foot (sometimes called an appliqué foot), so that it was easier to see what I was doing. And I used the foot edge as a stitching guide for straighter seams.

Molly and Mama - Girly Pillowcase Tutorial

When you’ve finished, your pillowcase top should look like this.

Molly and Mama - Girly Pillowcase Tutorial

PREPARING THE PILLOWCASE BACK

First we’ll need to hem one edge of the fabric width. This will form part of the fold that we tuck our pillow into.

Take your pillowcase back piece and press over a 3/8” fold on one side of the width of the fabric.

Fold it over the same again and press flat.

Pin the hem down for easier stitching and use a straight stitch on your machine to hem the fabric. Be sure your threads (especially your bobbin) are coordinating colours! At this stage, I like to sew a care tag in the seam.

Molly and Mama - Girly Pillowcase Tutorial

Give everything a quick press and we’re ready to put it all together.

LET’S PUT IT ALTOGETHER

Lay your pillowcase base ‘face up’ on a flat surface. Lay your pillowcase top ‘face down’ over the base piece (so right sides are facing together). Be sure to match up the left hand edges. The right side will have an overhang. Pin the top, bottom and left hand edges together neatly.

On the right hand side (or opening of your pillowcase), the base piece will have a large overhang (about 12cm or 5”). Take that piece and fold it over the edge of the pillowcase top, so that you are covering the cuff.

Pin the sides of the overhang down (by replacing any pins you’ve used to pin the pieces together underneath). At this point, make sure that your folded fabric sits exactly over your decorative cuff underneath and that there is no gap.

Molly and Mama - Girly Pillowcase Tutorial

Using your sewing machine, stitch together the seams on three sides. Start at the top right of your pillowcase (we’re stitching the fold down here too).

Continue down this seam, pivot about 3/8” from the base, stitch again, pivot again at the next corner, and then stitch up until you reach the other end of the fold. I used a smaller stitch length at this point and a 3/8” seam allowance. Overlock (or serge) your edges, to give a neat finish. Here’s a close up image.

Molly and Mama - Girly Pillowcase Tutorial

We’re almost there. Fold back the overhang and flip the pillowcase right way out. Give your seams a gentle press. Check your iron temperature and don’t forget to be careful of your trims!

Molly and Mama - Girly Pillowcase Tutorial

Pop in your favourite pillow and you’re ready to go!

Pretty Pillowcase tutorial by Molly and Mama

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

How simple was that? And how pretty does it look?

THINGS TO CONSIDER

- The direction of the pattern or print on your fabric. You don’t want your pillowcase fabric to be upside down when it’s displayed on the bed. So be sure if it’s a directional pattern, to cut it and sew it right way up.

- Where the bed is positioned in the bedroom will affect where you would like the pillowcase’s decorative edge to be. My daughter’s bed is against a left wall, so I want the decorative edge to be on the right hand side of the pillowcase.

- Laces, braids and ric racs may all have a polyester content so be very careful when ironing your trims down. Use a press cloth (or scrap of quilter’s weight cotton) if necessary.

- Add other adornments like applique to really give your project a personal feel. You can learn how to applique HERE, and you can see all the available Molly and Mama PDF applique templates HERE.

And if you’ve gotten this far, thanks for staying with me! I hope you’ve gotten something useful from the tutorial. I have another pillowcase tutorial which you may also enjoy HERE.

Embroider a Pillowcase - a tutorial by Molly and Mama

You can also see this tutorial on Sew McCool along with some other great projects. Pop over there for more ideas. My Girl’s Bedroom Pinterest Board has some pretty inspiration. And feel free to share your work on the Molly and Mama facebook page!

I’m really looking forward to bringing you our next instalment. So stay tuned.

Happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com