I’m going to tell you a secret. I hated this dress. With a passion. My mom put me in it kicking and screaming and made me wear it to church on Christmas Sunday for a few years (as soon as she could get away with it and until I couldn’t get it on). It was a fun tradition right? My yearly tantrum? As an adult I still think the dress is horrible, but I can understand my mom’s side of things… until you take a close look at the socks. What was she thinking!? (love you Mom! Happy Birthday!)
I grew up with a lot of fun Christmas traditions actually. Getting our Christmas tree on my mom’s birthday– which happens to be today– and watching A Christmas Story. Opening new jammies on Christmas Eve, making delicious treats, acting out the nativity, I have so many great memories. One year my brother Jacob jumped the gun on opening his Christmas Eve jammies and opened a different present instead– it was an umbrella! He was ecstatic, but because he had opened the wrong present we all got to open two presents that year.
When I was a little older my mom introduced the tradition of Christmas Pillowcases. In “The Night Before Christmas” there is a line about children having visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads as they sleep through the long winter. Christmas pillowcases are to promote those visions of sugarplums and give you especially sweet dreams throughout the Christmas season. I love this tradition, and have continued it with my boys.
And if you want to make your own Christmas Pillowcases I have a tutorial for you today!
You will need:
Cut your fabric to be 36″ by 43″
I hope you picked out a cute Christmas print! I had fun trying to create a Christmas-y pattern in inkscape.
Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew along two of the open edges. You can finish this edge with a faux French seam, an over lock stitch or a zig zag stitch.
Turn your pilllowcase right sides out, insert your pillow and Voila! You’re done and ready to snuggle!
Don’t forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 – just in time for Christmas!