Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Homespun Year...Lavish French inspired trimmed pillowcases...

 I've been pinning dreamy lace trimmed French linen pillowcases on Pinterest ever since Pinterest first sucked me into it's vortex caught my eye. I have hundreds of them on my Lush Bed Linen board.

They're lush and lavish and lacy, and really...what's not to like? 

But there is that one stumbling block. The ones I frequently admire start at $98 each. That's not for a pair. That's for one. Sigh.

So what could be easier than making my own?

You like?

 I can't decide whether I prefer the buttery ivory vintage styled cotton lace and chiffon flounced version above...

..or the more lavish appliqued, beribboned and muslin frilled soft dove grey one below...

 It's okay. At this price and with very little effort, I can have both...as many as I want.

I used inexpensive purchased pillowcases at around $6-$10 each, in white and soft grey.

I had on hand the following trims:

Muslin (Cheesecloth)
A remnant of cream chiffon
Ribbons in many different colors
Many lace trims
Bridal/Costume Appliques

I tend to snaffle these things from the bargain tables at my favorite haberdashery, and rarely pay more than mere cents per metre for them.

The appliques were just $1 each, as they were a shade of lilac that clearly isn't really in favor at the moment. They're the kind of thing that comes in a mirrored pair, and usually adorns the bodice of a costume or wedding dress. A dunk in a bucket of boiling water with a third of a bottle of grey Rit dye for polyester fabrics, where they swam around for several hours until I was happy with the shade of grey, remedied the less than stylish colour.

 A 20cm (8 inch) width of muslin was folded in half and stitched to create a double layer for my flounce. I gathered it slightly, and laid it along the open edge of my grey pillowcase, topping it with a sliver of pewter grey satin ribbon trim. I pinned all the layers together.

 I then added the applique`, pinning it into place.

 I carefully ran a line of small stitched along the ribbon, making sure I caught all the layers of muslin, pillowcase and ribbon with my stitching. I then stitched very slowly and carefully around the entire outer edge of the applique`.

 The white one was a little easier.

I cut a 15cm (6 inch) deep piece of chiffon, using the entire width of the fabric to create my frill. I left the edges raw to create a Shabby look, and gathered the material to make it fit the opening of the pillow case. Then this and my cotton, vintage inspired lace, were pinned to the top edge. Make sure you're pinning your trim to the single layered edge of your pillow case, not the one that's doubled, that keeps your pillow in place.


 Again, I carefully ran a line of stitching along the edge of the lace and chiffon, making sure I caught each layer in the stitches.

 A very lush and lovely result for a total spend of about $40, which was for the pillowcases, the appliques, and the grey dye. That $40 spend will yield me 6 embellished pillowcases. Even if I'd bought all of the trim, I'd have spent no more than a further $20 at the very most. So let's say I'd had to buy everything to start with, I'd have spent $60 for the six pillowcases, so that's $10 each.

That's a lot sweeter than $98 each! And I love them...

What do you think?

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52 comments:

  1. Those pillowcases are so very lovely! Such a wonderful touch you've added to them.

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    1. Thankyou Jennifer. I was pleased with how well they turned out too! Mimi xxx

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  2. Wow these are son chic!
    Have a nice week

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    1. Manu, I kind of thought so too! Mimi xxx

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  3. Oooh they are lovely Mimi. I bet you sleep well on those! Well done.
    Fiona

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    1. Thankyou Fiona. I like the way the applique really adds a textural detail. Mimi xxx

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  4. You are very clever. the pillowcases are divine!

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    1. Jane, I think so too :) Mimi xxx

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  5. Dear Mimi,
    I love them all. Beautiful work, so lovely.
    Mimi is the name of a figure from Puccinis Opera La Bohème.
    Great week for you, hugs Barbara

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    1. Dear Barbara, I'm glad you like them. I am proud to have the name of a character from such a beautiful opera! Mimi xxx

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  6. Absolutely stunning! How creative. I have no doubts your friends are in love with them. Have a beautiful week!

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    1. Thankyou lovely Lynn. I take that as a true compliment from you! Mimi xxx

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    1. Jes, aren't they pretty? Who knew a simple thing could be so lovely! Mimi xxx

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    1. Sighing with you amykins. Mimi xxx

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  9. Oh My Word!! Gorgeousness @ a fraction of the price! And really quite easy (OK, do-able:) as well~
    Thank you for the inspiration! Karen O

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    1. VERY do-able Karen! Glad you like them. Mimi xxx

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    1. Thankyou Patsy. You are lovely to say so. Mimi xxx

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  11. Those are both very pretty. I thought I like the one with the chiffon until I saw them on the picture on the bed. They are both very pretty and you made it look so easy. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays!

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    1. Jaime, I find it hard to choose a favourite too! I think the grey one wins just because of the details in that applique1! Love, Mimi xxx

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  12. So lovely project! Love your pillowcases. Hugs, xoox

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    1. Thankyou Monika. A true compliment coming from you! Mimi xxx

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  13. Dear Mimi:
    Your sewing skills are wonderful and what you created is amazing. I love your pillows and I also am a big fan of Toile. I also must say - your nails look lovely!!! Thanks for sharing and linking.

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    1. Bernideen, now there's a compliment I did not expect! Thankyou so much! I love toile too. Small cushions are a way of having that effect for not much cost. Love, Mimi xxx

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  14. Just beautiful Mimi! Love both of them but if I had to pick would go the pale grey I think :)

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  15. Swoon! Double swoon!! True works of art. Thank you Mimi!

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    1. I'm thrilled you like them Teresa. Love, Mimi xxx

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  16. Completely gorgeous and luxurious. Wedding gift even!
    i have lots of laces, some vintage ruffles....ribbons and motifs. So you can see what i will be making! Beautiful Mimi!xxx

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    1. Dear Annabel, yes a wedding gift for sure! Imagine a pile of these, beautifully wrapped with a hand made card. How utterly lovely! I just know you will do this idea justice, and no doubt, expand upon it! Love, Mimi xxx

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  17. Dear Mimi,
    they are absolutely lovely. I think the grey would suit my décor and the ivory would be perfect for my BFF. now you've inspired me I just need to find a few more hours in the week to make a start!!
    Bevo xx

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    1. Thankyou Bevo. Now you can make them too! Love, Mimi xxx

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  18. Your pillow cases are gorgeous, Mimi! What a beautiful job you made of them. I adore toile too so I'm liking these a lot. Stunning bedding! Thanks for sharing and linking.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  19. Beautiful, Mimi. Both are lovely. They must brighten up the whole room.
    Amalia
    xo

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  20. BEAUTIFUL! The possibilities are endless!

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  21. So very lovely! Perfect for a bridal shower, wedding, or anniversary gift.
    Blessings, Leigh

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  22. I believe one's bed and linens should make you feel comfortable and pretty, your pillow cases do both.

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  23. those are just beautiful

    now I need to set down and do that
    i'll put it on my todo list

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  24. Your pillow cases are just lovely. Pinning and pinning.

    Thank you so much for adding this to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You made me realize once again, that a girl really should know how to thread the sewing machine!

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  25. Thank you for joining us at TOHOT.
    You are a wonderful seamstress!

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  26. These pillowcases are just gorgeous and look so pretty on you bed!

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  27. Dear Mimi:
    Just letting you know that this post is featured today on my blog -congratulations!

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  28. How lovely are these Mimi? I love the soft grey one the best. Much nicer that you've made them, and also saved a pretty penny too. Good on you.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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  29. Hi Mimi,
    I will be featuring your post at No Place Like Home this week. Have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  30. Your pillowcases are dreamy and romantic, Mimi, and simply divine!!

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  31. Beautiful pillows - thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  32. Oh Mimi, what talent you have! I wish I could sew, but it's become a lost cause with me! These are absolutely gorgeous, you should make them and sell them, I'm sure they'd sell like hotcakes! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm, hope to see you there again tomorrow! xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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  33. Oh Mimi, your French pillows are so gorgeous!! Especially combined with the beautiful toile fabric of one of the smaller pillows. Thank you for sharing so generously with us the process of making. And for linking up at Simply Neutrals! xx

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  34. They both so beautiful Mimi! But I think the appliqued with muslin stands out more to me. The end result is so effective and I like the price a whole lot! :) Thanks for showing how it was done. :)

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  35. Oh Mimi, those are so beautiful......love them, so exquisite my dear!!
    Hope this finds you doing well............I thought maybe you were away
    or sick since I haven't heard from you...........guess you are busy making
    those gorgeous pillowcases.........
    Blessings Galore my friend,
    Nellie

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