Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Harry Potter "Magic" Pillowcase Tutorial

 It's no secret that we love Harry Potter. I've always loved him and the book
series, but it is so fun to live it all over again now that my kids are
old enough to appreciate the books and the movies. 
It's like I'm living that magical moment again 
when I opened Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the first time.

So, I am thrilled to be joining my favorite Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings
for her Happy Harry Potter Series! I'm sharing how to make a MAGIC Harry Potter
Pillowcase. It's magic, not because it is imbued with an enchantment, but because
when you're sewing it for the first time, you're thinking to yourself,
"This will never work!" And then VOILA! like magic, it does!

So, let's get this Harry Potter party started!

You'll need to cut three pieces of fabric:
Main fabric 27"x41" (mine is red)
Cuff fabric  12"x41" (mine is yellow)
Accent Band 3"x41" (mine is black)

You'll also need:
gold thread
fusible interfacing

First, iron your main fabric and cuff fabric flat. Fold the accent band in half
lengthwise with wrong sides together and iron. Layer the three fabrics with right sides
up, matching one of their 41" sides, with the cuff fabric on the bottom, then the main
fabric, and finally with the accent band on top.

 Then, pin the three layers together across the long side.
Then, pick up the loose side of your main fabric and roll it like a
fruit roll-up toward the pinned edge, stopping when you're about the middle
of your cuff fabric underneath.

Pick up your cuff fabric and fold it up over your little main fabric
fruit roll-up, match it with the pinned edge, and then repin through all
four layers of your fabric. 

It will look like this when you are done.

 Then, sew 1/4" along the pinned edge.

Stick your hand inside your fabric fruit roll-up and pull out the main fabric
to turn your pillowcase right side out. Magic! 

Then, iron it flat so it looks all beautiful and crisp. I top stitched
along the bottom of my cuff line, near the accent band, but this is optional.
I just think it looks classy :)

Next, we're going to leave our pillowcase for a minute and make the
Harry Potter glasses applique. Print off your applique pieces. Cut a piece
of scrap fabric and a piece of fusible interfacing (like Heat and Bond or Wonder Under)
the same size as your glasses applique piece. Follow the package directions for your
fusible interfacing and adhere the interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric.
I used Heat and Bond Light, because I wanted it to hold my glasses applique, but I also
wanted to be able to sew it for added stability. 

Pin the glasses to your fabric and cut out. In this case, it doesn't matter which
side you pin the pattern to.


Again, following the package directions, iron your applique glasses piece
to your pillowcase. I put mine near the open edge of my pillowcase piece, 
where I will eventually sew and create my seam. If you put yours here, keep in mind
that you will lose about 5/8". I placed mine about an inch or so from both the side and bottom
seams and then sewed them on with a zig zag stitch. 

I also used some gold thread to sew Harry's lightning bolt scar above
the glasses. I drew the scar on, following the pattern on my printable, with my
disappearing ink and then sewed over it several times to give it some thickness.

Now it's time to close our pillowcase up! We are going to use a 
French seam, so you are going to go against everything you know about
sewing and put your WRONG SIDES TOGETHER and sew long the long side
and bottom with a 1/4" seam allowance, with your RIGHT SIDES OUT
I know, it feels so wrong, but it will be so right! 

Now, turn your pillowcase wrong side out, with you right sides together, iron
the seam so the pillow case lays flat, and then sew 3/8" from the side along the seam you
just sewed when your pillowcase was right side out. 

Now, turn your pillowcase right side out and you are done!
You'll have a cute little French seam to show for it!

See, it's totally magical. And now your favorite Harry Potter
lover can curl up with his new comfy pillowcase and favorite Harry Potter
book and just read!

Don't forget to enter the amazing Harry Potter giveaway that 
Rae Gun Ramblings is hosting! (and remember to share with me!)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #244

 This weekend my parents and "baby" sister were in town,
It was my sister's first time and she loved it!

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
  • No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
  • Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!
TOO Cute Tuesday will be open Tuesday-Saturday.
On Saturday or Monday I'll highlight some of my favorites
and then we'll start over on Tuesday!

This post brought to you by:

I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME

 Disclosure: I was invited to attend opening night of Circus XTreme. All opinions are my own.

We went to  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME
over the weekend and it was so much fun!
Last time we went to the circus, it was my kids' first time, but this time my 17-year-old
sister was visiting and it was her time at the circus and she was amazed!

There was something for everyone. My mom loved the elephants,
my sister and Isabella loved the tigers (so did I!) and my dad and I thought
that the high wire performers were amazing. I was biting my nails the entire time.

Grace was enthralled with the elephants and tigers and her snow cone :)
It really was a show for all ages and there is something everyone can enjoy.
I can't wait for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to come back!

Don't miss Circus XTREME! It's only at the Honda Center for a few more days!

Friday, July 24 – Sunday, August 2
Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show.

TICKETS: Prices range from $20, $25, $30, $42 (VIP), $70–$80 (Front Row)
Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
Note: Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees. Prices vary between weekday & weekend performances.  All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show.


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