Pretty in Pillowcase

Recently a friend gave me a stack of vintage, hand-embroidered pillowcases. I had no idea what to do with them, so I just put them in a basket in my shop in Pasadena. They are cute and somebody will be nostalgic and want to buy them, right? Well, there they sat and sat and sat.

I don’t have any little girls and my grandSON isn’t very  feminine. So, I didn’t know about the latest rage, pillowcase dresses.


My sweet young friend, Maria, came to our quilting, sewing, craft night with material to make a Halloween dress for Liliana. I went home,  searched the internet and started making pillowcase dresses.

They are so easy to make. The original pattern said to measure up from the bottom 20″, so that’s what I did. I then notched out a “J” for the armhole. I used the material that I had cut off to make a binding for the armholes. The last sewing step was the casing for the ribbon tie.

Last Sunday, I took the dress to church to check sizes and get some reactions. Everyone loved them. The suggestion was to make them a little longer. I tried it on a 2T and a teenager. The neck is a drawstring, so it can be tightened or loosened. As the sweetheart grows, she can wear leggings or pants under the dress. During the winter, she can add a t-shirt under it or a sweater over it.

Hopefully I can send more pictures later. This weekend I sent everything I had to the  Old Time Trade Days in Winnie, TX. Marcy from M’s Boutique and More in Orange, TX had a booth. I was so busy working, getting it all together, that I did not do a very good job of taking pictures.

Here are some of the things I sent:


Nap mats

Seashell art

Painted “Stained Glass” bib necklaces

and of course, pillowcase dresses.

I am also very excited about adding my creations to a really cute children’s resale/consignment store in Friendswood, TX. Funky Monkey first caught my eye because of the name. We called our grandson Monkey Boy when he was little. I went in there to find monkey stuff and ended up selling my creations.

I am really going to be busy between now and Christmas. Hopefully I will also be making some money.

Autumn Additions

This week I added some new creations to the Antiques and Crafts Mall of Pasadena. Many of the designs were inspired by trash2treasure.  Here is what the shop looks like now:

My sister was frustrated because she could not find a weather proof scarecrow. All the ones she found were cloth so they would only last one year. She likes wood yard art. So I decided this was  niche that need to be filled. I had a pile of fence pickets that had fallen during hurricane Ike. Remember, I don’t throw away anything. Just ask Brad and the people who have helped me move. I also had some shelf boards that we torn out of the house in Bridge City.

Some boards are 6″ and some are 4″. I used the 6″ for the body and legs. I used the 4″ for the arms. The head and hat are made from shelf board.

The owner of the Antiques and Crafts Mall of Pasadena has put the scarecrows on the porch to draw in customers. They have some unique things inside. Here are  some other pictures of my stuff.

Next I plan to highlight the items that I have to celebrate team spirit. Follow my blog to see these.

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