Sunday, April 24, 2011

Embroidered French Pillowcase—Free Pattern!

I love fancy old pillowcases.  A lot.  I have a huge collection of them, and still keep coming back for more.  They’re so beautiful with crocheted cotton lace edging and teeny embroidery, and the incredibly soft vintage cotton is unlike anything you can buy new. 
The key to a fabulous pillowcase is that it has to be luxurious—always, always 100% cotton.  I never ever skimp on this, no matter how incredible the thrifty vintage sheets (A beautiful vintage pillowcase that isn’t 100% cotton can still live on your bed—just use it to cover an extra feather pillow and toss it on the floor when you go to sleep.) You can buy fantastic vintage white 100% cotton sheets at the thrift store and make your own pillowcases, which is what I did here; these are so thick and creamy white—which made me imagine they’d come from an old European hotel.  
Wouldn’t you love to stay in a hotel that had these on the bed?  I would.  But I can’t, so I made my own instead—I embroidered the lovely French script in blue, pressed the heck out of the very fine cotton, misted them lightly with eau de lavender, and am prepared to dream in French tonight. 
This pattern is available free, right here.  I hope you like it.  Thank you all for visiting my blog!