***** Disclaimer: Tango the cat thinks I made these for him. He is sadly mistaken!! *****
My husband and I have been complaining about our pillows and their lack of substance for the longest time. FINALLY, rather than complaining more, we bought some extra large, super fluffly, down pillows. Sigh......so comfortable! However, there was a slight problem. These pillows were so lofty and big that regular and even king-sized pillowcases didn't fit properly.
What to do? Make my own custom pillowcases to fit, of course! I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Pillow cases sew together in a jiffy and give the bed a whole fresh new look.
A few months ago I had purchased a few yards each of three different cotton fabrics in Andover's Cosmo Cricket line's Early Bird collection. I mixed and matched the trim facing on the pillow cases with coordinating fabrics to tie the theme together. By the way, any of my papercrafting friends will recognize the Cosmo Cricket fabric from their line of paper craft products and designer papers. I'm glad that I have a sufficient amount of fabric left to make an apron and also a little girl's sundress too! Isn't it a sweet print? In my notions stash I happen to have coordinating piping to add to the seam line where the facings attached. So each set of cases coordinate but are also different.
I don't know why it hadn't occured to me to freshen up the look of the bedroom and bed linens with colorful cotton fabrics that are so abundant these days. It was an easy solution to the "too large pillow" problem for standard cases, and also a great way to add a fresh new look to the bedroom.