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Before you hit the road for your summer family vacation, make sure you have all the things for a stress free ride with the kiddies.

Here’s a list we never leave without..you can never have too many options when trying to figure out how to entertain children on a long road trip.
Snacks & water
Electronic devices
Art supply case
Car Bucks & rewards
Games
Books
Blankie
And…a travel pillow

Today I’m going to show you how to make the little ones a travel pillowcase that is so easy it can be done in an hour! So let’s get started so you can start packing for that vaca.

Supplies:
1 half yard for the cuff
1 half yard for the body
Pillow form. I used a 16″ x 12″
Basic sewing supplies
Use 3/8″ seam allowances

SewMod quick travel pillowcase tutorial

Cut the cuff fabric 6″ x 25-1/4″
Cut the body fabric 13″ x 31″

SewMod quick travel pillowcase tutorial

Making the cuff:
With right sides together, sew the short ends together and press the seam open.

SewMod quick pillowcase tutorial

Fold the cuff in half, wrong sides together and press.

SewMod quick pillowcase tutorial

Making the body:
With right sides together, sew the 2 side seams leaving the top open.

SewMod quick pillowcase tutorial

Trim the seams to 1/4″ and stitch the raw edges using a zig zag stitch to reduce fraying.

SewMod quick pillowcase tutorial

Turn right sides out and slip the cuff over the body, right sides together, matching the raw edges and the side seams. Pin well. Sew around the cuff/body opening.

SewMod quick pillowcase tutorial

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and use a zig zig stitch to reduce the fraying.

Press the seam allowance toward the body of the pillowcase. At this point, feel free to add a top stitch if desired. Otherwise, you’re all finished!

SewMod quick pillowcase tutorial

SewMod quick pillowcase tutorial

So tell me girls…where will you be traveling this summer?

SewMod happy mothers day

Things my Mom taught me…
1. There’s always room for dessert..cookies, jello, chocolate mousse, cake…
2. How to create.
3. If someone’s bad mouthing you, at least they’re given’ someone else a rest!
4. It must be true…Because she said so, that’s why!
5. Not to jump off bridges because everyone else was…
6. That if I didn’t stop whining, she’d give me somethin’ to cry about.
7. If I didn’t stop rolling my eyes, they’re gonna stick that way.
8. She doesn’t care who started it, cause were both gonna get it!
9. That one day I’d have kids and they’d turn out just like me.
10. How to care for a family and that kid who turned out just like me…

Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you have a great day today…miss you!

Happy Easter everyone! What are some of your traditions that you do with family? Is the Easter Bunny visiting this year?

Yes, that’s a curly headed Lorrie with her fingers in her mouth.  I always got a new Easter dress, hat, gloves and pretty patent leather shoes. I loved dressing up for Easter. Even more than the Easter Bunny visit.

SewMod Easter tradition

I passed all of the traditions on to my family plus a little more..

The night before Easter Sunday, we’d decorate eggs.

sewmod easter traditions

Then Russell would put the colored eggs, along with the empty plastic eggs in his basket.

sewmod easter traditions

We also planted magic jelly beans in the garden. And guess what grows overnight?..Lollipops!! A cute little surprise on Easter morning.

sewmod easter traditions

By morning the Easter Bunny had arrived and left a trail of jelly beans from his bed to the exact location of the hidden basket. That Easter Bunny is a sneaky one! All the eggs were hidden and replaced with the “loot”.

sewmod easter traditions

Now the fun part..find all the eggs! Hopefully the Easter Bunny has filled up those plastic eggs with a special goodie. Our Bunny liked adding candy, loose change and some of the scratch off lottery tickets inside them. Here in Chicago, it’s usually too cold to go outside and hide the eggs, so the Bunny hid them in the house. But when I was little, I remember spending hours outside hiding and finding eggs. We all went to Grandma’s house for Easter dinner and all of our cousins were there to play with. Now that I remember back, it was really gross, we ate those eggs after they had been tossed around and played with for hours..yuck. I’m sure mom would not have approved!

SewMod Easter traditions

I don’t remember much about other holidays when I was little, except of course Christmas. But I do remember and have fond memories of Easter and the time I spent with my family. I hope I have passed these traditions on to my son and one day I will be enjoying them all over again when he has a family of his own.

Happy Easter!

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