Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wicked Hop - Scary Things Go Bump in the Night

Nothing scary here for my grandson Miles
As a parent of 3 little girls (in the 1980s), I did not want to create nightmares for them - and sleepless nights for me and my husband - so we banished anything remotely related to frightening, scary or wicked when they were young. Hard to do with our Halloween-crazy culture. I feel the same way for my little grandsons. Hence, I searched high and low for a Halloween print that didn't have scary images - only cute ones. Love this fabric with dogs and cats (and yes, bats).

What did I do with it? Why, a little pillowcase! But I only had a fat quarter, but it's not enough; what to do?
Front of simple pillowcase; notice the orange rick rack
Found another piece of fabric (no scary images) and extended the animal print around to the back:
Notice how the front fabric peeks around to the back. I used EVERY SINGLE INCH of both.
I decided to make another pillowcase for Halloween. This uses a cat applique I had in one of my box calendars (I think from 2007):
Pillowcase: size of a travel pillow
Found an orange, green and black striped fabric for the main body. Added some leaf trim. And these glittery, scary spiders are from last year's Wicked hop.

Took a piece of black fabric and added fusible webbing to wrong side . . .

Drew the applique onto freezer paper, ironed it to black fabric, and cut out
Peeled off freezer paper for the simple shape
Used a simple zigzag stitch to join it to center of pillowcase fabric
Added a fussy cut owl motif to back of pillowcase. How do I get rid of these spiders?
Yes, these are very simple projects. I'm traveling again and sewing time is precious. But pillowcases are such fun for my grandson - he loves all the novelty print ones I send.

Would you like the black cat applique? I thought so. Here is the link to download a small pdf of the pattern:


I'd like to thank Wendy and Mdm Samm for hosting and cheering on this hop.

Now it's time to HOP on over to my fellow bloggers to see what wicked things they have brewing! I share today's list with:


Debby Kratovil Quilts - (you are here)

80 comments:

  1. Fun pillowcases! I really like the kitty applique. Thanks for sharing the pattern ... :) Pat

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  2. Love your pillowcases! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Very fun those pillowcases are and sew creative.

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  4. Anyone could have sweet dreams on those cute pillowcases ! Oh you had to put a "hexie" on it somewhere !

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  5. I think these are just the best for a little one on Halloween - cute and colorful.

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  6. so good to see ntr scary, sure your grandson will love these. I am 66 and still do not like scary, in fact will be in bed with the lights off on 31st! Bit of a wimp really as cannot watch horror films either

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  7. Great projects - my two sons are only just getting past the being scared stage now too. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. You are so right! Sleeping should not be interrupted by scary things! I love your pillowcases. I will try the cat appliqué, see if I can scare my cat......I'll keep you posted on that...

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  9. Perfect fabrics... And that cat is just perfect!

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  10. Debby, children (of all ages) love pillow cases and especially ones made with love by Grandma. Many children lug their pillows around for years and years and years. One of the ladies in our guild ask us to make pillow cases so foster children have something into which to put their few belongings when they move from place to place. The cat would make a cute adornment for a regular pillowcase for that purpose, too. Thanks for participating, being a great inspiration, and being generous to share your pattern.

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  11. Love the cat, just what I need to send to my SIL in Oz as a new home gift, she is a cat lover and will enjoy the quirkiness of it.

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  12. What a lovely idea. Your pillow cases are wonderful. Gives me gift ideas that I can do for my grandsons.

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  13. The pillow cases are great! Wish I had one to keep me company! :)

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  14. Aren't pillowcases fun!! and I love your black cat one! Thanks for the pdf!

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  15. Thank you for the black cat. Love the fabrics you chose for your projects. They all turned out fabulous. I know they will be well loved.

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  16. Love them! Who doesn't love special holiday pillowcases?! My granddaughter would LOVE that kitty!:)

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  17. Love the pillowcase, and the un-scary dog/cat fabric! So cute.

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  18. Love the pillow extravaganza....now we just need some ladies for a wicked pillow battle lol

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  19. such cute pillows and thanks for sharing your cat applique :)

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  20. I absolutely love your pillow cases. Halloween doesn't have to be scary. I went through similar feelings with my adopted son - he had enough scary in his young life that I felt I didn't need to add to it. We kept Halloween fun and light.

    Happy Halloween.

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  21. Cute, and not-scary, pillows! Thanks so much for the cat applique Debby.

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  22. I love pillowcases, how fun that they are wicked. Great stuff.

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  23. Pillowcases anr a great way to show off the fabric.

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  24. I love the pillowcases, Debby! You found the perfect non-scary fabric, too! How cute!

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  25. Great pillow are. I keep thinking I should try to make one.

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  26. They have some of the cutest darn Halloween fabrics on the market. Nothing has to be scary to be fun! These pillow cases prove that! Some little guy is going to be sooooo happy!

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  27. Really fun prints! And pillowcases are so fun and usable. Thanks for the appliqué.
    Someday, I'm going to finish my little paper pieces Halloween quilt.

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  28. Love the pillowcases and the cute fabrics that you used. I love the fun side of Halloween. Thanks for the cat pattern....I'm sure I'll be putting him on a few items. Thanks so much!

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  29. your pillowcases are super cute! I love the cat applique!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  30. Clever way to use a small amount of fabric for a pillowcase. Great cat pillow. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Nice pillowcases Debby!Thanks for the cat applique it's so Halloween, my pretty!

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  32. Oh gosh, no, you do not want to have little ones up with nightmares!

    Very cute ideas. I love the cat.

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  33. Cute pillow cases. Thanks for sharing the black cat.

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  34. thanks for the black cat pattern... won't it look great on a t-shirt!!?

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  35. All your pillowcases are lovely and the cat is so cut.

    Thanks for sharing your pattern and most of all your creativity.

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  36. I love your cat pillowcase!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  37. Great pillowcase. Very creative.

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  38. Very nice pillowcases and so thoughtful. My granddaughter is totally frightened by the witches and skeletons and such too, so no scary things for us either.

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  39. Pillowcases are a wonderful idea for the season. Love the cat. Festive but not scary.

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  40. Very cute pillow made from animals in customs. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  41. My kitty really liked your kitty, he kept getting up on the computer to check it out.

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  42. Such a sweet kitty, he is not scary at all.

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  43. Love the pillowcase and thanks for the cat pattern..

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  44. Thank you Debby for sharing your pattern. You are very generous. I love the pillow cases

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  45. Terrific pillowcases! Great idea for gifts! Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Great pillowcases. Thanks for the cat pattern--spooky and wicked fror sure.

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  47. I love making pillowcases and these are perfect for the little ones. Thanks for the pattern!

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  48. BOO-tiful pillowcases and very smart not to scare the little ones. Your fabrics are adorable. Thank you for participating in this Wicked hop.

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  49. As a mom of 3 little boys, I have a different situation: they love everything which looks weird and frightening and I am really wondering how they got into this, because I am really not the type to like skeletons and skulls... but I think it just must be a chromosom-thing, evolution-macho-stories or something like this....
    and guess who they call at night when they are frightened:.... MOMMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYY , LOL

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  50. Lucky grandson to have such cool pillow cases to decorate his room for the holidays. Wonderful novelty fabrics there.

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  51. Really fun pillowcases! I like your "can do" solution to not enough fabric. Thanks for sharing the kitty pattern!

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  52. Cute cute pillowcases. And they are sew rewarding to make! Thank you for sharing the kitty too.
    xo jan

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  53. Absolutely adorable, fun and bound to bring pleasant dreams this Halloween. Thanks for sharing your creations and a link to the cat pattern. Happy Halloween.

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  54. Such cute pillowcases!! Thanks for sharing the cat pattern with us.

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  55. Wickedly cute Debbie, my kids and grand kids all love pillowcases so I just love the ones you do.

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  56. Debby...thanks for sharing your Halloween pillowcases. What fun!!I like the not so scary fabrics...but those spiders are giving me the creeps!! Thanks for the cat applique pattern. It's awesome!! Happy Haunting, Pauline

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  57. I love your darling pillowcaes--so cute for kids. I'm sure you made your grandson very happy! Thanks for the cute cat pattern!

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  58. Debby nice pillow cases..my grand kids love them also.....

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  59. Novelty pillowcases are such fun , my grandchildren love them too , thanks for sharing these sweet projects !

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  60. Wtg grandma with the non-scarey aspect. We know there is enough frightening things everyday without adding a terror day in there in the name of fun. Thanks for sharing and also for sharing your PDF. I was spookly entertained.

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  61. I love your pillowcases. What a great way to make the bedroom festive too!

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  62. I make pillowcases for my grandchildren too...love your non scary ones! Thanks for the download cat. I'll definitely be using him! Blessings, Marlene

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  63. Love your creations and all the ideas because many of us are just using what we have on hand. AND I love hallowe'en

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  64. I love making pillowcases for the grands too! Yours are very cute. Thanks for the black cat download.

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  65. Great projects!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the pattern download link!

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  66. Lovely pillowcases Thanks for sharing

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  67. Nothing you make is a simple project...your pillowcases are wickedly awesome! :O)

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  68. Very nice! I love the pillowcase idea -- will have to give that a try! Great job, Debby!

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  69. Thank you, you did read my mind cuz I thought the cat pattern was perfect. Kids love pillowcases and you made such a neat variety. Thanks again.

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  70. I love the "cute" Halloween fabric. What fun pillows!!

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