Using only the straight stitch on your sewing machine and a vintage pillowcase you can make a sweet bedside caddy.
Are you ready to begin?
1. Choose a standard vintage pillowcase with an all-over floral motif. Launder and press. (Estate sales, thrifts stores, and Goodwill all have great vintage pillowcases that have long ago lost their matching sheets. You can also check with Grandma. The back of her linen closet may yield some long lost beauties. Etsy and Ebay also sell vintage pillowcases, but the sellers will charge you several dollars per case.)
2. Fold long sides together forming a long rectangle. Pin along the edges. Sew a 1/4" seam around all four edges.
3. Choose your favorite vintage image cropping and/or sizing to no more than 3 X 5 inches. Print the image onto June Tailor's Quick Fuse Iron-on Ink-jet Fabric sheets following the manufacturer's instructions. You can borrow my image below. (This is one of my relatives.) The other caddy samples that you will see in my photographs use images from Sandy Babb's at Quill Cottage and Karen at the Graphics Fairy.
4. Cut out the image and iron onto a coordinating piece of non-fraying fabric such as fleece, felt, wool, or flannel. Use pinking sheers to cut around the fabric leaving about a 1/2" border outside of the vintage image.
5. Use Scotch Blue Painter's Tape (It's wonderful for marking fabric!) to mark a 7" square at the top of what was the opening of the pillowcase. You will build your vintage collage in the 7" square.
6. Attach the vintage image to the 7" square by taking 3 strands of embroidery thread and sewing a free hand running stitch around the border fabric.
7. Embellish with bits of crochet, old buttons, charms, lace, and ribbons.
8. Fold the 7" collage pocket up wrong sides together. Slip stitch the outside edges. Remove the bottom Painter's Tape.
9. Straight stitch along the edge of the remaining Painter's Tape to form the two pockets needed for the caddy. Remove the Painter's Tape. Last minute embellishments can still be added.
10. Slide the long flat part of the pillowcase between your mattress and box springs to secure your caddy.
You are only limited by your imagination!