Bloggie Bestie Blog Swap with Carlee from Ladybird Ln.

Good morning lovelies!!
We have a LONG time linker and Bloggie Buddy to share with you this week as the Bloggie Bestie!!! The lovely Miss Carlee of Ladybird Ln.
She has a special project that she hasn’t announced anywhere else yet to share with us this week as well as a lovely pillow case tutorial!!!
Please share some bloggie love here with her, then come visit over at her place where I’m guest posting MY pillow case tutorial today!!!
Here’s Carlee…
I am so excited to be here at Truly Lovely! Kassi really is Truly Lovely, I call her my ‘go to blog gal’! I have emailed her a few times with blogging questions, and she is always so sweet to put up with me, and help me out! I am also so happy for her and wish her the best of luck in her upcoming wedding!

My name is Carlee, my sister and I started a blog called Ladybird Ln. We are just country girls, who like to share our projects, recipes, and craziness! I am super excited because today, I am sharing a HUGE announcement, and you are hearing it first at Truly Lovely!

Every month on our blog, we feature a charity, service organization, etc… and a project we crafters/bloggers can unite in to help with that cause!
Well in June I am featuring a project very near and dear to my heart. I have a great friend, Malynn, who is 14 years old, and has undergone some tough TOUGH medical stuff recently. She has been in and out of the hospital for the past 6 months. One might expect after all the medical problems she has endured she would be bitter and resolved. But not Malynn, she is amazing in so many ways. Instead of focusing on her issues she wants to help others. Malynn is an incredible seamstress, at the age of 14 she far surpasses my sewing ability! She has made it a goal to donate 100 bright cheerful pillow cases to Primary Childrens Medical Center, to brighten up the patients rooms!
Would you like to help? I hope so! In June I will be hosting a contest on my blog. It is called Pillow Fight–For a Cause! Essentially this is a pillow contest where you can enter your homemade ruffly throw pillows, your sweet decorative pillows, your bedazzled pillow cases… pretty much anything pillow related, that you made. THE CLINCHER IS, in order to enter this contest you have to donate a pillow case. A bright, cheery, fun pillow case! You can either send it to me, and I will let Malynn donate it, or you can donate it to a local hospital, womens shelter, etc. You just have to let me know that you donated one!

We have some FABULOUS prizes for this contest. We will have guest judges narrow down the pillow field to ten, and then open it up to voting. The top three pillows will receive some amazing prizes. Sponsors for this event include… Kati Cupcake, Cap Creations, Sew Obsessed, Vinylize It, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Naptime Crafters… And Malynn and I are even going to throw in some prizes. We will also have one random prize for anyone who links up–sound terrific, I think so!
So are you in? What is that you say, you don’t know how to make a pillow case? Well, let me show you! Creating a pillow case is simple, fast, and fun. It is a great beginner project, for any age. It took me less than an hour to complete this pillow case, and that was taking pictures as well!

Basic Pillow Case
Cutting List:
Main Body Fabric: 3/4 yard fabric {or 27 inches by Width of Fabric (WOF)}
Band Fabric: 1/4 yard fabric {or 9 inches by WOF}
Trim Fabric: (Optional): 1 strip, 2 inches by WOF
All seams are 1/4 inch, unless otherwise noted.
With wrong sides together, fold the band fabric in half lengthwise and press. Do the same with your trim fabric.
Baste together the folded trim piece to the folded band fabric. 1/8 inches from the raw edges along the length of the strips.
Basting, simply means create a long running stitch, so that the two pieces stay together. Don’t worry if they do not line up perfectly at the ends, we will fix it later on!
Pin the band/trim to the right side of the pillowcase panel along the long edge, raw edges together, with trim sandwiched in the middle.
Sew together. Zig zag, serge, or overlock raw edges together (To help prevent fraying).
Trim up the uneven layers of your pillow. I used a rotary cuttery, ruler, and mat. But you could just use scissors!
Your pillow case should look like this now!
Fold the pillowcase right sides together. Pin together, making sure to match the band seam line. Sew a strait seam along raw edges. Zig zag, serge, or overlock raw edges.
Turn right side out; Press! You are finished Easy Peasy right! Below is some pillow case inspiration, all of these pillow cases are ones that I made, or that were given to me. Pillowcases make great gifts!
I tried to make this tutorial as strait forward as possible, but you can email me with any questions! Thank you so much Kassi for having me today!

Please come join the Pillow Fight, on our blog! You can link up your pillow creations June 15-22! Much more information will be coming on my blog! 

I am trying to spread the word about this contest, I would love to donate 100 pillow cases!  Please put a button on your blog, or contact me, I would love to come to your place and guest post about it!

Ladybird Ln

THANKS so much to Miss Carlee for being the Bloggie Bestie this week and for sharing this AWESOME idea on Truly Lovely!!!
I don’t know about you all, but I am so in!!! I will be sharing a pillow link and donating a pillow case or two to the cause!!!
Be sure to check back on Carlee’s blog for the link up!
Again, it’s June 15-22!!!
Have a lovely day!!!