But first: have you been bitten by the pillowcase bug? There are a few projects circulating the craft world to make pillowcases for kids in hospitals, and kids overseas... Craft Hope is promoting one such project for ConKerr Cancer and you can follow the link to read about it.
I wanted to make a couple of cases for my own bed, and since Joann's had everything on sale and some insanely cute fabrics to boot, I decided to jump in and sew. I bought fabrics to the body of the cases, and pulled the trim pieces from stash.
You can see a demo of my absolute favorite pattern here. It is genius!
You start with 27" of fabric for the body, 3" for the accent strip, and 9" for the border. It all gets rolled together and pinned up in a tube like this:
And after you sew one seam and turn it right-sides out, you end up with beautiful finished borders and no raw edges!
Then you just have to stitch up the side and bottom (I do a quick French seam but a serger would be even faster) and voila:
Aren't those ladybug dots adorable?
So -- the kit bag -- I got energetic over the weekend and pulled out several patterns I've been thinking about and a ton of fabric and created "kits" for myself for when I feel like sewing but not cutting. Most of these are very scrappy and I'm looking forward to working on them.