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Jan 21, 2019 09:09:52   #
8Linda (a regular here)
 
I taught my granddaughter to make those and she made several. She personalized by using fabric with stuff they loved on it.
 
Jan 21, 2019 10:08:29   #
grammajan44
 
A few years back my grandson came for a week to visit. We have a pool and big yard but the weather turned dreary and cold so the need for something to do to keep the "chaterbox" occupied for at least part of the day. David made 10 pillowcases that week and a housecoat for his other grandmother as she was going to be in the hospital. I set the sleeves for him but he did the rest! He has been back since then and made more cases for various presents. Now he's in college!
Jan 21, 2019 10:37:23   #
KateWood
 
These are a great first project.
Jan 21, 2019 10:42:52   #
CBratt
 
I love the pillow cases you have made! They are so very cute! Please tell me though, what is a french seam? I want to make some pillow cases and am very interested in this. I have started slowly with place mats, quilted place mats, pin cushions, and the like. I will be looking for your reply! Thank you!
Jan 21, 2019 12:21:05   #
gr8 (a regular here)
 
CBratt wrote:
I love the pillow cases you have made! They are so very cute! Please tell me though, what is a french seam? I want to make some pillow cases and am very interested in this. I have started slowly with place mats, quilted place mats, pin cushions, and the like. I will be looking for your reply! Thank you!

French Seam: Place the wrong sides of the fabric together, stitch a very narrow seam - maybe 1/8 th inch wide. then place the right sides together and at that same seam line make a wider seam that encases the first narrow seam. This gives a very clean finish with no raw edges.
Jan 21, 2019 12:23:45   #
Shadow123
 
sewing that straight seam is a real challenge!! i,too had girlscout "lessons", and i don't think i am much better at 72yo... i can do all the other stuff...but that
seam is still not straight! ( and i am a "blue ribbon" quilter)
Blessings
amberdragon
 
Jan 21, 2019 12:24:18   #
Shadow123
 
sewing that straight seam is a real challenge!! i,too had girlscout "lessons", and i don't think i am much better at 72yo... i can do all the other stuff...but that
seam is still not straight! ( and i am a "blue ribbon" quilter)
Blessings
amberdragon
Jan 21, 2019 12:25:06   #
Shadow123
 
sorry for the duplicate post... amberdragon
Jan 21, 2019 13:28:52   #
rasputin
 
Very nice job. I've made many. We donate them to different charities.
Jan 21, 2019 16:04:19   #
Knitalot
 
Knitting paradise folks: thank you so very much for all of the wonderful comments. I will share some of them with our daughter’s Brownie troop . I just think the Girl Scout movement is such a positive thing at a time when we seem to hear so much negativity. Thank you, GR8, for explaining the French seam. My mother always told me that was the seam you should use in baby clothes because it was smooth on the inside and wouldn’t rub on the baby’s skin. I too find straight seams hard sometimes. One trick I thought I would explain to the girls is to not look at the needle but look in front of the needle as the fabric is feeding into the machine. Another thing I plan to do is to put a
long piece of tape on the sewing machine bed so they can line their fabric up with that as they sew. That seemed to help my granddaughter when I was teaching her to sew.
Jan 21, 2019 16:25:02   #
yona (a regular here)
 
Lovely work.
 
Jan 21, 2019 18:59:53   #
ramonarhodes (a regular here)
 
My nine year old granddaughter received a full sized sewing machine for Christmas. She had lessons in Girl Scouts. She also is being taught to crochet, and embroidery.
Doing pretty good too.
Jan 21, 2019 19:28:00   #
Mamaria21
 
ramonarhodes wrote:
My nine year old granddaughter received a full sized sewing machine for Christmas. She had lessons in Girl Scouts. She also is being taught to crochet, and embroidery.
Doing pretty good too.


So glad to hear that the needle arts are being taught to the next generation. For a long time it seemed that they were getting lost, especially with the onset of video games and the internet. Kudos to those who are keeping them alive by teaching.
Jan 21, 2019 19:59:26   #
julie windham
 
Thank you so much for volunteering to do this. I learned to sew at 9 in 4H. I sewed clothes for myself and my younger sister for many years. When my son was small I sewed for him and quilted. After I went back to work full time there was no time, and when I retired I started knitting. Have just started sewing again with a coat for my dog. Sewing is something that most people now don't know how to do, and it is such a valuable skill, even if to only hem your own pants and sew on buttons. I know what it did for my self esteem to be able to make things for myself. Sewing is such a wonderful skill for anyone to know, and my 39 year old son occasionally comes up with a survival item to sew and sell on Ebay for extra money.
Jan 22, 2019 19:53:54   #
Judy M (a regular here)
 
I taught my oldest daughter to sew a straight seam by practicing with an unthreaded needle and the line on notebook paper. Years later she went to the Fashion Institute and learned many more things like making a pattern, etc. For years she made period costumes for herself and others including underwear, corsets, etc. and sewed a lot of items for her wedding including hand beading on her dress. She used to blame me for her interest on her website. There was the period costume of a couple that married in Las Vegas and many asked where they rented their costumes. Also made a dress from a picture for a lady to wear riding. Yes, she is very talented. I think mostly her sewing now is for herself as she works full time, and learning to knit again. She and her sister had a teacher that taught them to knit in an after school class. You youngest learned backwards while watching the teacher and has show no further interest in it.
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