This past summer, we moved from our home of five years. We also moved away from my Sweet Girl’s very best friend, ever. Emma and her family were a special part of our introduction to homeschooling and our families got along so well…we all just “clicked”, parents with parents and kids with kids. They moved far, far away from our little town not long after we got settled in at our new home. We were so blessed because they were able to visit us on their way to their next duty station. But my Sweet Girl has missed her special friend so much since then. Today is Emma’s birthday and we made her a present to show her how special she is to us. Here is what we did (and you can too!):
We bought two coordinating pieces of fabric – one piece is 3/4 yd and the other is 1/4 yd (about 45 inches wide). I love to use the fabric that is in the quilting section – usually lots of cute patterns. You will need some thread that matches. You MUST wash and dry the fabric before starting work on the project, then trim all the ragged edges and make sure that the edges are straight. Iron both pieces of fabric to smooth out the wrinkles. Please forgive the lack of a “before” photo – I thought about taking pictures a little too late!
Fold the 1/4 yd piece in half, lengthwise, right side out. Iron. Now you have a piece that is about 4 and 1/2 inches wide and 45 inches long.
Pin the unfinished edges of the folded piece to the cut edge of the larger piece, right sides together.
Sew pinned edges together.
Iron the seam open.
Fold the entire piece in half lengthwise, right sides together and iron.
Pin all around the edge, leaving the flange end open.
Then the last seam is sewn, all around the edge (except for the opening at the flange of the pillowcase). The seam makes an “L” shape. Now you have a pillow case (just inside-out). So turn it right-side out, and iron, if needed.
When you are nine, and you can sew a present for your BFF by yourself, that’s Abundant Living!!
And when you are seven and cannot sew (and do not want to learn), you draw a picture.