Slumber Party Pillowcases

L cake

Laurel, out of the pool and ready for birthday cake


Granddaughter Laurel recently celebrated her 10th birthday at a resort hotel.   Five of her closest friends and a few mothers had a big time enjoying all the activities and amenities typical of a resort hotel.


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For party favors, a pillowcase was embroidered for each girl.  I have been reluctant to post these photos because there is sooooo much puckering in the embroidery.  It was caused by operator error–my use of  inadequate stabilizer.  But the girls were absolutely non-judgemental and seemed to love their personalized gift.


six pillowcase party favors

six pillowcase party favors

So here  they are anyway.


The "L" font is Loralie's Loralesque, with balloons substituted for the floral element.

The “L” font is Loralie’s Loralesque, with balloons substituted for the floral element.


The plan was to provide pigma pens for the girls to write messages on the pillow slips, much like the old fashioned autograph books from my era.  But it was decided that the pillowcases were just too pretty to write on.  Ahhhhh…..


yellow broadcloth with green rick rack trim

Ava’s yellow broadcloth was trimmed with green rick rack.


The quick and easy turn tube hem method was used to apply the Happy Birthday fabric.  I just love this technique.


lavender broadcloth with yellow rick  rack

Alyssa got the lavender broadcloth with yellow rick rack.


I love different fonts and really enjoyed using so many for the names.  My favorites are those collections which offer several size options in both upper and lower case. In many font collections, the letters A, L, J, S, and T are not easily recognized.


orange broadcloth with lavender rick rack

Orange broadcloth with lavender rick rack was for Kylie.


Editing the designs to include the balloons was another part of this project that I enjoyed.


The "R" is also from Loralesque by Loralie.

Like Laurel’s embroidery, the “R” for Rachel is from Loralesque by Loralie.  This is end-on-end fabric.   What a mess of puckers!


These pillowcases were nice stash-busters.    I need more projects like that!


The Lulu font from Martha Pullen provided the "R" for Rgqan's favor.

I love the Lulu font from Martha Pullen, used  for  Regan’s “R”.  Her fabric is pastel pink broadcloth.


Laurel has been looking forward to her 10th birthday for a long time.  Somehow, crossing into the double-digit age range was a very big deal for her.  I’m so happy that I could participate by sewing these pillowcases for her big event.

Have you all stitched party favors–for birthdays, showers, family reunions or whatever?  I’d love to hear about it.



10 responses to “Slumber Party Pillowcases

  1. from SewForum:
    How fun for you dgd! I bet she was so proud to have such unique and personal party favors. Love all of them, they look like so much fun! Good Grandma for making them.

  2. from SewForum: The pillowcases look to be a big hit for the girls and the party must have been fabulous for Laurel. I’m thinking her birthday cake is about the most scrumptious one I’ve seen in a looooooong time!

  3. Shirley Boyken

    Interesting that you had the puckering problem so now I feel like I’m in very good company. A few years ago I too, made several personalized pillowcases for some little friends of mine and like you, I was disappointed with all the puckering that was going on. I finally decided that they weren’t nearly as judgmental as I was and was pleased that they loved them so much. If you ever find the perfect answer, I’ll be happy to hear them. Love your “favors”!

  4. Doreen Robin

    What a fun little project for you and I am sure the girls enjoy them. Love how you personalized each one, no two the same. Good job Grandma! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful creations.

  5. Shirley, this very minute I am embroidering with Floriani’s Wet N Gone. I’ve just started but will let you know how it works. Most of my problems are with synthetic fabrics.

  6. Thanks, Doreen. I always prefer to make no two alike when making several of the same item. So many designs–sew little time!

  7. Diana Crawford

    Where did you find the balloon embroidery designs. I think those need to be in my “stash”. Can’t you ALWAYS use balloons? 🙂 I have a plethora of fonts BUT always want more. Love the Loralie’s Loralesque!

  8. Diana, you are absolutely right–you CAN always use balloons! One bunch was extracted from a design in Babylock’s Horatio’s Birthday party. Another was from an old Amazing Designs collection, Birthday Party. I can’t find where the others were from. Why, oh why do I not make notes about the designs I gumbo together? I hope these are enough to get you started.

  9. Marie Caballero


    I love the pillowcase party favors. Do you sell them? I need 12 for this Saturday. Let me know. Thanks so much!!


  10. Marie, I’m flattered that you would like me to make pillowcases for you. But I am swamped with projects for my grandchildren and don’t sew for others. I hope you find someone to do these for you.

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