Book Review: Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase

comments (8) April 14th, 2009     

Pin It

MichaelaMurphy Michaela Murphy, contributor
Love it! 10 users recommend
Two simple cotton pillowcases are completely transformed into these charming embroidered pinafores by Stitchy McYarnpants, aka Debbie Brisson.
This Layer Cake Apron by Lee Ann Edwards is summery cute, sweetly chic, and very easy to make.
A ruffled pillowcase creates the perfect hem for this darling skirt by Regina Lord.
Now you too can be a Caped Crusader with this nifty superhero cloak how-to by Stacy Dinkel.
We love this double lampshade project by Joan K. Morris (talk about an enlightening pillowcase repurposing).
Two simple cotton pillowcases are completely transformed into these charming embroidered pinafores by Stitchy McYarnpants, aka Debbie Brisson.

Two simple cotton pillowcases are completely transformed into these charming embroidered pinafores by Stitchy McYarnpants, aka Debbie Brisson.

Craft challenges are some of the greatest community gatherings on the Web. Never before have crafters from all over the world been able to connect with each other to share their handiwork, and never before have crafters been able to spur each other on to achieve even greater feats of craft right from their own homes.

This spring, Lark Books introduces a new series of craft books dedicated to craft challenges. First up in the series is the lovely Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott, featuring projects and inspiration from some of the best traditional and indie crafters in the biz.

This book is a beauty, and CraftStylish is proud to feature this title in this week's craft book giveaway. Here's a quick preview of what you could win: 

Ah, the mighty pillowcase! Who knew that a simple rectangle could yield so many crafty delights? There are 128 gorgeous pages devoted to projects made out of standard-, queen-, full-, and king-sized pillowcases. There are darling sundresses, cute pajama bottoms, several flirty tote bags, a pet bed, and quick-to-make home decor projects that'll have you looking through your linen closets with new eyes.

The book kicks off with a chapter that covers all of the basics (tools, notions, techniques) that you'll need for your pillowcase transformations. Be sure to check out the photos above for a sampling of some of the pretty projects this book showcases.

For all projects, the directions are clearly detailed, all necessary templates are included, and there are some nice ink and watercolor illustrations so that even a beginner sewer will feel well directed and completely comfortable going solo. For the more advanced or adventurous seamstress, there is a broad range of pillowcase possibility to keep you happy. In fact, the book boasts a total of 28 pillowcase projects: It's fun just turning the pages to see what else these craft-masters have created out of a pillowcase. Most of all, these projects are simple and inspiring. If you've never entered a craft challenge, this might be the book that gets you to throw your craft down.

Be sure to leave a comment in the Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase post for a chance to win a copy.

If you haven't already entered the CraftStylish Crafty by Nature Challenge, what are you waiting for? Post your project into the Challenge gallery and a Yudu portable screen printer could be all yours!

CraftStylish thanks Lark Books for this week's giveaway Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase.

 

 

 

posted in: giveaway, challenge, pillowcase, Lark Books

Comments (8)

Stile writes: thanks for the shout out - our local library has this book, and I'm adding it to my requests. Looking forward to getting the book, and seeing the projects.
Posted: 12:44 pm on January 17th
ScarletteRose writes: I just ran across this book at our local bookstore and started drooling immediately. I've made myself and my daughter a number of pillow case dresses but feel like there's so much more to be made.
Posted: 8:10 pm on May 14th
pixel writes: I would really love to win!!!
Posted: 6:02 pm on April 23rd
Chricynthia writes: What fun ideas! I have granddaughters that I would have loved to have made those pinafores for and maybe I will have more. I have always found that creative ideas lead to more of my own creativeness and hope to win this book for more ideas for more fun sewing.
Posted: 9:25 am on April 18th
lisamarie817 writes: i just LOVE the red ruffle skirt! I can't wait to get my hands on this book for more great ideas.
Posted: 9:15 pm on April 16th
stacysews writes: I haven't tried making anything from a pillowcase, but have really gotten into re-purposing lately so I'm anxious to see this book and give it a try!
Posted: 10:49 pm on April 15th
craftysister writes: I made a baptismal gown out of an antique family heirloom pillowcase for my youngest son 20 years ago. I would love to see what else I could do with other vintage pillowcases in my collection

Posted: 11:46 pm on April 14th
9crafty11 writes: I must admit, I have never done any projects with a pillow case. It would be interesting to read the book to see what can be done though!
Posted: 11:41 pm on April 14th
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.