The Christmas 2012 Pillowcase Collection

A Pittsburgh Steelers Pillowcase for a Steelers fan.

A Pittsburgh Steelers Pillowcase for a Steelers fan.

Every year I make custom pillowcases for my extended family.  It has become quite the tradition.  I try to find fabric that reflects their interests, hobbies, or peculiarities and then go from there.  It’s really become a fun part of our gift-giving experience and we always get a good laugh as we watch each other open our packages to see what will be revealed THIS year.

Now that we finally had the chance to celebrate a belated Christmas with our daughter and son-in-law, I can show you what I made for the crew this year.  Everyone has seen their pillowcase so no one will be tipped off ahead of time.

Without further ado, here is what I came up with for Christmas 2012:

Pillowcases(From upper left to right)  “So Many Bucks” collection – for my brother, the hunter; “The Better Luck Next Time, Tigers ” World Series collection – for my sister-in-law who is a Detroit Tigers fan; “The Army Proud, Army Strong” collection – for my nephew in the Army;  The “Be All That You Can Be” Army collection – for my nephew’s wife.

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(From left to right) “All Cars on Deck” collection – for my nephew’s son, who loves the movie, “Cars.”; “Where the Rubber Meets the Road” collection – for my nephew who loves to bicycle.

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(starting in upper left corner) “The All Hands on Deck” collection – for my hubby, the Navy Commander; “The Vrooom, Vrooom” collection – for my son-in-law who races motorcycles; “The Big Ben” collection – for my daughter, the Steelers fan; (whoops, the next one is for next year); and finally the “Maraud and Pillage Collection” – for me, who is of Viking ancestry.

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(From left to right) “The Love-All” collection – for my daughter-in-law’s father, who is a tennis nut; “The Stop and Smell the Flowers” collection – for my daughter-in-law’s mother, who loves lilacs.

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(From top left, clockwise) “The Folkloric Collection” – for the sister of our daughter-in-law, currently living in Mexico; “The Giddy-up” Collection – for another sister of our daughter-in-law, who likes horses; “The Guitar Jam” collection – for her husband, who enjoys playing bass guitar; “The Jean Claude Killy Collection” – for our daughter-in-law’s grandfather – who enjoys skiing.

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(from top left, clockwise) “The Thomas the Train” collection – for Sweet Pea, who adores Thomas the Train; “The Can I Get a ‘U’ with that ‘Q’ Collection” – for our daughter-in-law’s grandmother, who is a Scrabble wiz; “The Give Peace a Chance” collection – for our son, the pacifist; the “Toughest Job in the World” collection – for our daughter-in-law, mother to two preschoolers.

If you are looking for a fun, personalized gift to make for someone, I’d encourage you to give pillowcases a try, especially if you enjoy sewing.  They aren’t hard to make at all.  Just find a basic pattern, then go out and have fun picking that special combination of fabric to make a pillowcase that will be uniquely theirs.

  • I love your pillowcases and your idea of giving them to your family for Christmas. I might try it next year, but wonder how hard they are. I am not much of a seamstress.

    • Dee

      It’s really turned out to be a fun gift over the years and now my family looks forward to it each Christmas to see what they’ll get next. I’ll bet your family would love them, too.


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