As I get older, I find that I need more and more pillows to get comfortable at night! I am what you call a "side sleeper", and I am much more comfortable if I have a small pillow to lay my arm across as I sleep. If I don't use one, I tend to lean on my wrist while sleeping and wake up with it hurting or my hand has gone to sleep or some other such discomfort.
Until recently, I have been using small throw pillows; but I found these travel pillows at Wal-Mart that I thought would be just the ticket!
Now, to my knowledge, they do not make a travel pillow size pillow case, so I seized the opportunity to embark on an easy, but oh-so-satisfying little project.
I found this sweet little fabric with folk-art style flowers on it at Hancock Fabrics. It's a very thin, lightweight cotton that I thought would get nice and soft after washing. It did!
I found a coordinating fabric in powder blue for the hem of the pillowcase that would allow me to add a little embroidery to it. I drew out a little design copied from the motif on the fabric and got busy with the needle and thread.
I decided to go simple here and not give myself headaches trying to get a nice smooth satin stitch because I knew it will be washed a million times anyway. So, I used buttonhole stitch for the flower with a few lazy daisies and french knots for the center. Then I finished it off with a simple chain stitch stem and leaves.
And voila! A sweet little pillowcase for my comfort pillow. This was so much fun, I just might have to make another one to slip on when this one is ready for the wash. I had a little fabric left over, so I think I might also make a little lavender sachet for the linen closet.
The weather is beginning to feel ever so slightly like fall around here. There is a distinct coolness rising up from the ground late in the evening just before nightfall. I know this because I love to walk barefoot on my trail so I can really feel the earth beneath my feet. I've always preferred to go barefoot anyway.
How are things in your neck of the woods?