Welcome to Week Three of On the Edge...
This Weeks Task: Create a Firm Foundation
Difficulty Level: 3 Chocolates
A firm foundation...I'd like to have a firm foundation. I try. I work out for an hour almost everyday. I eat healthy. I drink plenty of water. I breathe deeply. But I'm not firm. In fact, I'm the poster girl for Spanx. Not that I wear them, or even own a pair. They look like a recipe for tight to me. I do not like tight, EVER! This time of year, I prefer to cover my girlishness in loose-fit Levi jeans, a long-sleeve tee from Eddie Bauer, and possibly a sweater, depending on the nature of things outside. No Spanx for me, thank you kindly. Girls like me might be the reason they were invented, but Oprah can have them.
Ok, so I've established that a firm foundation might not be important for me, but it is important for the crochet edging that is going to grace that Posh Pillowcase you stitched up last week. Let's get started...
Instructions for a Firm Foundation:
Eat a chocolate. (Could this be the reason my foundation is not firm? No! Can't be. I eat dark chocolate. It's good for you. Right?) This weeks task is not hard, but it can be tricky because...well...you'll see.
Measure a length or yarn that is fifteen times, yes 15, ten and five more times the width of the pillowcase. This is the reason that the firm foundation is tricky. The yarn is an outrageous length, but this is the only way I could think of to do this if you don't want more than one nasty knot on the edge of your Posh Pillowcase.
Thread the needle. Bring the ends of the yarn together and slide the needle to the center. Your yarn will be doubled.
Start on the "pocket" edge of your pillowcase. I like to start close to a side seam. Poke the needle through all layers of fabric, then remove the needle.
You will have a little hole like this in your pillowcase.
Take the threaded needle up into the "pocket". Insert the needle into the hole you just made on the pillowcase. You will only be poking your needle through the hole you made on the outside of the pillowcase. You will not be stitching through the hole on the "pocket" flap yet. Pull, and pull, and pull the yarn through until you have an 8" tail. Leave the tail in the "pocket" for later.
Take a blanket stitch at every 1/2" mark all the way around the pillowcase. (I stitch in the opposite direction than this blanket stitch tutorial from Threads magazine, but at least you will get the idea. If you would like an image of the blanket stitch click here.) To keep things even, insert your needle right under the hem stitch line at every mark. In this picture, the yarn has come out of the "pocket" and over the edge for the first complete stitch. On the right side of the pillowcase, there will be a stitch that is just kinda hangin' out. You will "catch" this stitch at the end. If you are confused, or want to see what the other side of the pillowcase looks like, scroll down a few pictures.
You probably need the other two chocolates about now. The yarn is long. It gets kinda twisty, but power through, girlfriend. It's worth it. I promise. Plus, this gets easier as you go along. The length of yarn gets shorter and shorter, and less twisty. I wish I had a trick or two for you here, but I don't. Just don't get your undies Spanx in a bundle. You can do it!
Don't forget to take a stitch at each seam. Is your yarn getting shorter? I hope so.
When you arrive at your final 1/2" mark, the one you started at, DON'T insert your needle yet. Your pillowcase will look like this on the OUTSIDE.
Slide your needle under that first stitch that is just hangin' there.
Look inside the "pocket". Both ends of the yarn should be at the same place. Tie the ends of your yarn together. Cut the tails to about 2". I also add a dot of glue to the knot just to make sure it stays tied. Let glue dry completely before you turn the "pocket" right side out.
Done! There you have it. A firm foundation, no Spanx or abdominal crunches needed. If you need another chocolate to celebrate a job well done, go ahead. I won't tell. The stage is now set for the crocheted edge. I. CAN'T. WAIT.