Hot and Cold Pillowcase

I love Oregon, but I find this time of year a little frustrating.  Don’t get me wrong, there are things I love about fall, like apples, pumpkins and boots.  Oh, the boots.  But the inconsistency in the temperature drives me a little nuts.  One minute I’m freezing, the next I’m roasting.  When you live here, you learn to dress in layers.  But nighttime is a little harder to solve.  This project was made to help a friend in the hospital who wanted something soft by his face, but I think I’ve found an easy solution to my freezer/oven problem.

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 1

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 1

This is a basic pillowcase, but the secret is using woven cotton fabric on one side and super-soft Minky, or other soft fleece, on the other.  If you’re too warm, flip it to the cotton side for instant cooling.  If you’re trying to warm up, the fleece is the side you want.

To make this, you’ll need 14” of woven cotton fabric, 14” of fleece, 12” of woven cotton for the cuff and 3” of woven cotton for the accent.  The fleece will probably be wider than the cotton (54” vs 42”), so you’ll need to cut it to the same size so each piece is 14 by 42”.

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 2

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 2

Sew two of the 42” sides together with wrong sides together and a slightly less than 1/4” seam.  Turn the pieces so the right sides are together and press the seam on the cotton fabric side.  Stitch again with a slightly larger than 1/4” seam.

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 3

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 3

What you should have at that point is a piece that measures 27” long and 42” wide with a French seam running down the middle.  Set that piece aside for a moment. 

Fold your 3” accent piece in half with wrong sides together and press.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 4

Take your cuff piece and lay it face up on your workspace.  Mine is a little deceiving here because I happened to find a piece that was printed with two different colors.  You could certainly piece two prints together if you’d like a different color on each side of your pillow, but what’s shown here is just one piece.

Lay the accent piece on top, lining up the raw edges.  As you can see on the right, they may not match up on the end.  That’s okay – we’ll deal with it shortly.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 5

Lay the cotton/fleece piece on top of that with the right side down and raw edge matching the others.  If you did piece the cuff, make sure to match up the seams of both pieces. 

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 6

Starting from the bottom edge, carefully roll up the cotton/fleece until it’s past the center of the cuff but not all the way to the top edge.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 7

Fold the bottom edge of the cuff up and over the roll and match the raw edge to the raw edges at the top.  Pin in place.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 8

Stitch 1/4” from the raw edge all the way across.  Pull the roll from the inside out one end to turn everything right side out.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 9

I’d recommend checking your seam to make sure you caught all the layers in it before turning.  The fleece is a little slippery and you don’t want to end up with this hot mess.

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 10

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 10

Cut off the accent, cuff and body to match the shortest of the three.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 11

Line up the edges with wrong sides together and stitch a scant 1/4” seam down the side and across the bottom.  I always go way under 1/4”, just make sure you’re catching both layers.

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 12

Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 12

Turn the pillowcase wrong side out.  Press the seam on the cotton side.  Stitch a bit over 1/4” from each edge.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 13

Turn the pillowcase right side out and press the seams one last time on the cotton side.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 14

I’m ready now, Autumn.  Bring it on.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase - Crafty Staci 15

Wrapping Up Christmas

I’ll admit, I didn’t make as many things for Christmas this year as I wanted to.  Time just wasn’t on my side.  At the very least, an apron and some cute stained-glass cookie ornaments are going back on the shelf for next year. 

I did get a few things done, like our annual pickled garlic.  My husband helped me for the first time this year and found out what a big job this really is.  Probably the only reason it always gets finished is because I have to make it in September, when fresh dill is in season and the Christmas rush hasn’t started yet.

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These are photos from last year, but it’s pretty much been the same scene for a few years now.

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My grandma’s 80th birthday was near Thanksgiving, so I made a stained glass necklace for her.  I actually loved the box even more than the necklace.

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My son kind of showed me up on the Christmas gifts, and made a rope toy for the dog.  It was a prototype, so he already has ideas about how he can make it better next time.  Max doesn’t care – he loves it.

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I cheated and bought a couple of things from Etsy sellers.  My daughter loves tea, so she found some Organic Chai from NaturalEarthOils in her stocking.

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The other thing I bought was REALLY cheating, because it was for me.  But I love these Crocheted Fingerless Gloves from LifeIsAJourney50 so much, I don’t care.

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One thing I’m really happy about, though, is the fact that I was done with the kids’ Christmas Eve pajamas BEFORE Christmas Eve, which has to be some kind of miracle.

I used the same scrubs pattern as last year for the boy.  I went with a camo/military fleece, which he seems to like (once he figured out what it was).

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My daughter has been hinting around for a pair of footie pajamas for a couple of years now.  Ok, not so much hinting as flat-out asking.  Two issues have stopped me from buying her any, and they’re the same two issues that always came up when she had them as a baby.  The first problem is that she gets too hot and I knew she would roast in them if they had feet.  The second is that she doesn’t have a common shoe size.  To put it bluntly, I think the foot portion of the pajamas would be too tight.

I happened to be looking through a pattern catalog at a fabric store a couple of months ago, and came across a pattern for what is basically footie pajamas without the footies.  Perfect!

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This is actually a very easy pattern.  The hardest part is putting in the zipper, and that’s only because it’s so long, which makes it difficult to access with the sewing machine.  Other than that, these came together in a snap.  I used Batman fleece and she loves them.

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Handmade, store-bought, or somewhere in between, I hope you had a fantastic Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Festivus or whatever else you felt like celebrating!