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Your Appel Farm Keepsake Pillowcase

Chloe and I spent a rainy Saturday making this pillowcase for her to bring to camp this summer. This is a fun and simple craft project that you can do too!

You will need the following materials.  I bought most of these at Michael’s for under $10.

  • One plain white prewashed pillow case
  • 1 piece of rick rack or ribbon, 39” long
  • funky patterned material (could be from an old shirt or dress that you’ve outgrown) for the cuff 5” x 39”
  • Peel and Stick Fuze tape
  • A hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Markers
  • Fabric Glitter Gels
  • Letter Stencils
  • A piece of cardboard
  • A fine tip permanent Sharpie marker
  • A flexible measuring tape
  • A sheet of foam
  • Fabric paint



Step 1: Add Fabric to the Cuff

Doing one side at a time, cut and adhere a piece of peel and stick tape along the cuff line of your pillow case.  Peel off the backing paper to reveal the sticky tape. Place your cuff fabric directly on top, using the preexisting cuff line as your guide. Press firmly. Flip over and do the other side.

Step 2: Hem Your Edge

Turn your pillow case inside out.  Fold (to the inside) the edge of your fabric, creating a half inch hem. Doing one side at a time, place a piece of peel and stick tape on top of the hem. Peel.  Fold again, pressing firmly. Flip over and repeat, continuing your hem all the way around.

Step 3: Add Your Decorative Trim

Turn your pillowcase back to outside out. Cut a 39” piece of brick brack or ribbon.  Again, do one side at a time.  Run a thin bead of hot glue along the edge where the fabric meets the pillow at the existing cuff line. Carefully, place your decorative trim on top of the glue.  (Don’t burn yourself!) Repeat around onto the other side.  Fold over or cut off any extra trim.

Step 4: Personalize Your Pillowcase with Words and Numbers

Place a piece of cardboard inside your pillowcase.  Use a Sharpie marker and your stencil to trace the words “Appel Farm”. Fill in your stencil with Fabric Markers.  Use your Fabric gel to write “2013”.  (You could also write your name, a favorite saying, or lyrics from a song.)

Step 5: Making a Foam Stamp

For our pillowcase, Chloe cut out apple shapes from a sheet of foam and then used fabric paint to stamp apples on to her case. Make sure to leave the cardboard inside your case as you decorate.

Step 6: Bring your pillowcase to Appel Farm.

For a fun bunk activity, you can have your friends and bunkmates sign your pillow case to create a wonderful keepsake of your summer at Appel Farm!