Thursday, March 24, 2011

EBTKS & It's SEW Basic Part 3

Oh my gosh you guys....this whole day I've been walking around going, "ok, today is Wednesday, which means I have to get this, this and this done....and tomorrow I have to get EBTKS up and running...." Then, sometime AFTER dinner (yes, the day was pretty much over), I realized it was THURSDAY! Has this ever happened to you? It's like realizing you have a test you never studied for...or you missed the deadline to pay your taxes...or you forgot to pick your kids up from school. So...duh! Here I am! Finally! With the final post of Tina from Twinkle Toes, "It's SEW Basic Series." Take it away, Tina!
Twinkle Toes The Blog
p.s. There will be TWO link parties at the end of this post. The first one is for people who complete the pillow case project and would like to link up - this will be open all week. A couple things to remember about this party:
1. There will be a drawing for THREE WINNERS!
2. One winner will receive a gift card to Target (amount to be determined, but let's just say it will be more than enough for a fun little something from Tar-jay).
3. TWO winners will receive FREE patterns from the genius of Dana at MADE. Check out her blog to be blown away.

The second link party will be the regular "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" link party. Please join!
Ok, lovelies!  Here we are already at the third and final session of It’s Sew Basic!  If you are just joining us, you can catch up on the Intro, First Session and Second Session.

This week we are going to add a cute ruffle to our pillow case and add some topstitch detail to create a crisp, clean seam.

Let’s start with our two remaining pieces of fabric.  Place them right sides together and pin along one of the short lengths.

 Sew a straight line with your stitch length set at about 2. Don’t forget to backstitch at the start and finish! 
Open up your seam and press. 
During the first lesson, we cut two pieces of our contrasting fabric into 6”x20” pieces.  Let’s be crazy and cut one more of those pieces to really give our ruffles some, well, ruffle!  Attach it to the end of the piece that you just
sewed in the same manner that you did the first. 

You should end up with a piece that is 6”x60”. Fold the entire piece lengthwise, with wrong sides facing each other.  Like this.

Now give it a good press with a steamy iron to make a nice crease all the way down. 

Some people use “ironing” and “pressing” interchangeably.  Did you know that there is a difference between the two? Ironing is what we do to clothing and involves sliding the heated iron across the fabric to remove wrinkles.  When you are sewing, you will want to press your heated iron onto the fabric and lift it back up.  When working with delicate fabric, it is a good idea to place a piece of muslin on top of your fabric to avoid scorching.  And never, ever, ever press over pins!  Not only will they melt, but they can leave goofy little puckers in your fabric that are hard to get out.  As you sew more and more, you will find that pressing will give your piece a more professional appearance, even if there are mistakes.  A good press with a steamy iron can cover a multitude of sins! 
Now you are going to set your stitch length to the longest stitch.  On my machine, this is a 4.   Sew down the length on the opposite side of the crease you just pressed, but do not do a backstitch.  Leave about 6 inches of thread on each end. 

Now we’re going to another length of stitches, just to the left of the previous one.

Here comes the fun part! 

Take hold of the bottom threads and gently gather the fabric.  Don’t pull too hard or you’ll break your thread.  Scoot your fabric around until you get a nice, pretty ruffle. Continue gathering until the length of your ruffle
is about 36 inches.  
Fold your ruffle in half lengthwise and pin.  Then set your stitch length back to 2 and sew a straight line.  Backstitch at the start and finish. 
Open it up and you will have a circle of ruffle!  Place the ruffle around the outside of the main pillow case (at the open end) and begin pinning it in place, lining the raw edges of the pillow case with the raw edges of the ruffle.
If your ruffle is too short or too long, adjust your ruffle so that if fits all the way around.  Start at one of the seams of the main piece and begin sewing.  Try to stay to the left of your ruffling stitches.  

Remember to remove the pins as you sew.  When you’ve made your way around the entire pillow case, backstitch and turn the ruffle right side out.  If you accidentally go over the ruffle stitch, it is ok.  If you want, you can remove
it with your seam ripper after you turn your ruffle right side out. 

On the inside, press the seam towards the pillow case.

The final step is to topstitch.  This will create a clean, crisp seam and adds a little extra detail.  It will also hold the raw edge of the ruffle in place.  You can use a contrasting color of thread if you feel like being fancy.  I used

Topstitch all the way around your pillow case, and remember to backstitch at the start and finish.  You can see my topstitch detail in the photo below.

And that’s it!  Put a pillow in your case and admire your work.  Then put on your cap and gown because you are a Sew Basic graduate!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this project and learned something about sewing. Perhaps this little series has sparked a new interest and hobby for you?  I’d love to hear about it.  Please leave me a comment or email me at tinanicole12 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Here’s a big thanks to my sweet blog friend, Meg for teaming up with me on this.  Don’t forget to visit her next week and link up your pillow case!

Isn't Tina THE BEST? I hope we can all drop her a line and give her a huge high 5 for all the great work she's done. You guys will get to see my handy work on Monday. I'll dedicate a post to my adventure following Tina's wonderful tutorial! Stay tuned...

***PILLOW CASE LINK PARTY*** (Regular EBTKS Link party is BELOW!!!)

Rule: No Rules! Have fun!


  1. I love your fabric! I'd be interested in a guest post or swap if you're ever interesting. Thanks for hosting!

  2. I lose days all the time!

    Han took a sewing class last summer and learned to make a pillow case. I think she'd just love one with a ruffle. Thanks for such a great tutorial!

  3. Thanks for hosting. Great work on the series. Cheers

  4. THanks so much for hosting! Have a great weekend.

  5. I will work on finishing my pillow tonight and tomorrow and then upload it to the linky! I was wondering where this post was yesterday. lol But don't feel bad, ALL week I have been off on my days.

  6. What a great blog you have here! I am a new follower and I linked up!

    ~larissa @Life,Scrap,Bake

  7. OH NO!!! I linked up in the wrong spot!! AND I can NOT WAIT to have a sewing machine! This is just too cute!!!!!

  8. Oops... sorry Meg. Sometimes I just don't read... :) Thanks for switching it for me

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