Family Traditions: Special Pillowcases

We are big on family traditions and systems around here. I love the sense of unity they give our family and the anticipation of upcoming traditions adds extra excitement to what could be ordinary days.

Here’s one simple one we love:

Special Pillowcases

I’m not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, but I followed this simple method of making pillowcases.

Here’s what we have so far:

A birthday pillowcase for the girls of the family to use during their birthday week:

Christmas pillowcases. Six to choose from on December 1st, and we use them through Christmas Day.

And a coveted super star pillowcase, given at unexpected times for extraordinary effort or accomplishment. (This also doubles as the boy birthday pillowcase, currently.)

Obviously I don’t iron my pillowcases. In fact, I don’t even own an iron right now. Ha!

What I love about this tradition

It takes up very little storage space. It requires an initial investment of time and money but it’s a fun project and easy to find fabrics on sale after holidays. I can’t sew straight and I even cut one of the pillowcases the wrong direction and had to re-piece it together, but once a pillow is inside it really doesn’t matter!

After the initial investment, the tradition is very low maintenance and very high yield. The kids go bananas over their pillowcases and always make sure Scott and I don’t miss out either. šŸ™‚

I just scooped up some fabrics for 4th of July pillowcases and at some point I’d like to do a true boy birthday pillowcase and some for Valentine’s Day.


About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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5 Responses to Family Traditions: Special Pillowcases

  1. littleraskills says:

    This is a cute tradition! Did M help sew them with you? Pillowcases are so easy peasy to sew and talk about a practical project. šŸ™‚


    • beanland says:

      She sorts the pins by color and hands them to me when I need them. Does that count? šŸ™‚

      On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM, Adventures in Beanland wrote:



  2. Jenny Smolnik says:

    I love reading about this. You and Scott have such an adorable family. I just want to hug you all. Thanks for making another happy spot in my day.


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