pocket pillowcase prototype

June 5th, 2009

I’ve been thinking about making this pillowcase for a long while now (a lot of my posts start like that I know, but it takes me a loooong time from coming up with an idea to actually executing it).  It’s wrong in many ways: the size is off, the pocket is a little too small, there are too many pattern pieces, and for some reason my camera refused to focus on it.  But at least the idea is out of my head finally. I wanted to make a small pillowcase with a patchwork pocket–my scraps box is literally overflowing–and a little friend to go in it. I made it in linen because linen pillowcases are awesome and because little heads seem to sweat a lot more then big ones, but if I sell these, which is the plan, they would be too expensive in linen. So maybe I’ll do some simple embroidered linen ones and do the pocket pillowcases in cotton.  The pillow is about 15″ by 7″ (or something like that). I like to use these little ones for my kids. They fit nicely in a crib and my daughter, who is in a bed, likes to have a big one and a little one. Does anyone else use these? Should I not make little ones and just make the standard size? I need your insight here. Go all out and tell me what you think of this. Good or bad, it’s incredibly helpful.

I am still stuck on a name for the bag in the last post. I’m leaning towards “the finder’s keeper,” which 2 people suggested or the much simpler “the little bag.” I’m going to visit my family for 10 days, so while I’m internetless in the woods I’ll think it over. Thank you for all your suggestions: I think I might start calling my purse my “cache stash” because it’s so awesome.

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40 Responses to pocket pillowcase prototype

  1. How sweet.

    I didn’t even know that pillows came in small sizes for kid’s beds. My kids went from nothing to a standard pillow.

  2. Oh my God – this is GENIUS.

    I really want one of these – I’m always looking for somewhere to keep my hanky!

    Stick at it Meg – this one’s a winner…

    Leah xxx

  3. erica says:

    This is adorable, I love it!

  4. Jasmine says:

    1) My toddler son uses the smaller sized pillow in his crib and it fits perfectly.

    2) This idea is brilliant. You MUST copyright this, because it very well could be the next ‘thing’ (it can hold a small pack of tissues, themes: Toothfairy, Pacifier fairy, Little love notes, etc.) and you came up with the idea. Don’t let someone else see it and make off with the profits!!!

  5. Angie says:

    Oh this is so sweet! I love it, could the pocket be a bit deeper?

    For the bag in the last post- The Itty Bitty Bag? It’s so itty bitty!

  6. Rae says:

    Oh that is absolutely adorable! You have the best ideas!! I think you should do both sizes; they are probably more useful as standard sizes but the little one has a huge “cute” factor. Plus my 2 y.o. uses a small sized pillow in his big bed yet; he prefers it because it’s small like him, so you never know…and it doesn’t hurt to try both, right?

  7. I think “finder’s keeper” is darling and so are the pillow cases.

  8. Jennifer says:

    These are adorable. My kids would love them. Both sizes are a good idea because my eight year old would still use this. In fact, my husband would:)

  9. Jennifer says:

    Best pillowcase I have ever seen. Any child would love it.

  10. Carolyn says:

    What a great idea! I’ve not seen anything this clever in a while. :)

  11. Nicole says:

    OMG! I fell in love with it the moment I saw it! My daughter would love it to bits & carry it everywhere she goes cos that’s what she does to her current baguette shaped pillow. I think both sizes are great for little kids or bigger kids (like me). Your kids are soooo lucky!

  12. Hena Tayeb says:

    this is so cute and an ingenious idea.

  13. nath says:

    it’s so darling. i love everything about it. you’re very clever indeed.

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