Monday, January 20, 2014

It's All in the Details - Crochet Edge Pillowcase Tutorial

I don't know about you, but I find myself going through Pinterest often for inspiration.  Over time I have pinned many, many things.  One of the boards I have on Pinterest is called Things I Want to Make.  I have almost 300 pins on that board alone!  Today's project has been on my "to do" list for months.  I finally got around to trying it out this past weekend.
This project turned out to be easier than I had expected.  
Rather than yarn, this project calls for crochet thread.  I have never crocheted using this and picked up a smaller crochet hook to make sure I had the right tools to do the job right.  As it turns out, working with crochet thread is just as easy as working with yarn.  I had two solid pillowcases that matched the duvet in my guest room that had never been used.  They were perfect for this project.

I started by making a light mark, using a pencil,  every 1/2" on the inside of the pillowcase, about a 1/4" from the edge, all around.  Next I threaded a needle with the crochet thread.  I made the thread 5x the length of the width of the opening of the pillowcase, that way I could make it all the way around with the ladder stitch.  The ladder stitch serves as the base to crochet the shell edge.  After I sewed all the way around, I knotted off the end.  Next I crocheted a single crochet all the way around.
 For the shell, I used this basic shell pattern:
Ch1, SC in first st, *skip 1 st, 5 DC in next st, skip 1 st, 1 SC in next st; Rep from * to end, SC in last st.  Fasten off.
Adding this crochet edge made a plain jane pillowcase into something a bit more special.
These new pillowcases make a wonderful addition to my guest bedroom.
Can't wait to hear what you think.


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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

So pretty, Judy! What a great touch to your pillowcases. You do a beautiful job with your crocheting. Love the color, too!

NanaDiana said...

Judy, That is beautiful. I have several pillowcases that my gramma made with those crocheted edges on them. I have never learned to crochet but you do beautiful work. xo Diana

Sanderella said...

Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing, they are lovely!! Sandy

Gina said...

Judy, your pillowcases are beautiful! You did an excellent job.

Shary said...

I love them! My mom has some pillowcases that were made by her mother or grandmother. She has some towels with crocheted trim as well. I always did love them.

Unknown said...

Super cute! Great job!

Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

This is so pretty! I love the special details you put on the pillow cases. Have a wonderful week.

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