My craft group wants to make satin pillowcases for holiday gifts. Does anyone know what satin to use? There's 100% polyester crepe backed satin that must be hand washed, line dried. The other I saw was acrylic and dry clean only. Then there's very expensive bridal satin that I didn't look at care instructions. The acrylic seemed to be full of static. Anyone make these?
Aug 12, 2012, 06:44 PM
Anyone make these?
No, but I did make myself some pjs using flannel backed satin from Jo-Ann. It's an 80/20 poly/cotton blend machine washable (they recommend gentle cycle but I use regular).
Editing to add a link to reviews of the flannel backed satin.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Bozie,
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Aug 12, 2012, 06:58 PM
I've never noticed flannel backed satin at JoAnns or any fabric store. My mother LOVED pj's with it because they were warm but allowed her to turn easily in bed where regular flannel pj's are hard. Wonder if that satin works nicely with hairdos?
Aug 12, 2012, 07:06 PM
Have you checked into Joanns Casa satin? I have used that for all four of my daughters wedding dresses. They all have been machine washed and dried more than once and turned out great. In fact I just had the last girl wear hers for the second reception and never even pressed the dress before wearing it.
That is the only satin I would buy. Use a coupon and it really is a good price.
Aug 12, 2012, 07:56 PM
Quilting Wifey, Thank you so much for the information. Checked JoAnns website and it was half price plus a free shipping coupon! So I bought 16 yards and with that width should be able to get 20 pillowcases. That's about $3.10 each! Happy holidays! My craft group will be so excited with these. Wonder if I could embroider them with my machine? Thank you so much. It's such a relief knowing they'll wash. Made my DD a satin blouse and it was a wrinkled nightmare. I appreciate the experience. Evelyn
Aug 12, 2012, 09:09 PM
For the second daughters dress I embroidered 28 separate motifs around the hem. I used the blue wash out marker to locate the spacing and then used a spray bottle to remove the marks.
Aug 12, 2012, 10:11 PM
This is exactly why I love this group. Someone always has the information I need. Thank you again.
Aug 13, 2012, 11:02 PM
My dad has skin cancer on his scalp and has surgery from time to time to remove the areas. I made him some scrub caps in "manly" fabric to protect the bandaged area while he sleeps. I also made him some pillow cases. I bought satin and some flannel. After washing them both and cut to the correct length, I cut them in half width-wise and sewed a flannel to a satin using a French seam then went about finishing like usual. The satin side is up so the scrub cap slides over it and the flannel side is down so he doesn't have to chase the pillow all around the bed.
Aug 13, 2012, 11:41 PM
Piney, What a sweet, thoughtful daughter you are. I never thought about that for my father. A volunteer group sewed small pillows and gave to cancer patients. He loved that pillow because the hospital pillows were way too big and scratchy. When he got home he asked if I'd help him make small ones for the children's hospital. He stuffed hundreds of them and happily passed them out. Sadly he wasn't around to pass out the next batch but Mom enjoyed doing it for him.
I couldn't resist buying some satin today and made three cases. I washed one of them and dried it just like I do my DH's shirts. Came out lovely and probably less wrinkled than when it went in. I noticed that many of these satin pillowcases have zipper closures. I hope these work as well. Putting in a zipper in this slippery stuff would be a nightmare. I used dozens of pins on every seam. They kept sliding off the table! I've got enough left to do some embroidery. I think it would be best on the cuff.
Aug 13, 2012, 11:47 PM
EvelynB, satin pillowcases work great for hairdos. Back in the day when I used to have a french twist and tendrils, just about every hair was in place the next a.m.
Aug 13, 2012, 11:56 PM
Great! The women these are for get their hair styled once a week and want it to stay in place. They're going to be thrilled.
I remember those days of tendrils. Luckily in high school I started ironing my long hair to keep it straight. Much easier but I do remember burning my ear!
Aug 14, 2012, 09:29 AM
Lovely pillowcases! We didn't iron our hair, but did use orange juice cans as rollers to keep hair straight with just a bit of a curl at the ends!!! Susan
Aug 15, 2012, 02:07 AM
Mom couldn't afford oj so I was stuck with the iron. Remember learning to iron on pillowcases, then handkerchiefs, then Dad's boxers? Thank heavens for permanent press!
One of my friends said she needs a satin cover for the headrest of her lounge chair. I decided to experiment with two of them since the satin is so wide. So with Piney's clever idea of flannel on the back I washed the satin and the flannel, stitched them together, turned them, and stitched all around. I made them 20"x25" so they go over the back. The flannel will keep them from slipping. Then I used my embroidery machine to put some designs on them. One of them has batting inside and the other doesn't. Both came out great! Thanks again for all the help.This message has been edited. Last edited by: EvelynB,
Aug 15, 2012, 11:48 PM
Originally posted by EvelynB: One of my friends said she needs a satin cover for the headrest of her lounge chair. I decided to experiment with two of them since the satin is so wide. So with Piney's clever idea of flannel on the back I washed the satin and the flannel, stitched them together, turned them, and stitched all around. I made them 20"x25" so they go over the back. The flannel will keep them from slipping.
Too funny, I made some of those for my mom waaay back. She wore her hair in a French twist and with a high-backed chair the satin was just what she needed to keep her hair from getting matted. Yours look better with the embroidery.
Aug 16, 2012, 12:21 AM
Piney, I do thank you for the flannel idea. These would be so nice for several women in the assisted living center too. So easy to nap in the chair but hate to mess up the hairdos. Bet we'll be making some for Sunday School ladies too! Such a great, easy idea. The slippery fabric just takes a gazzillion pins. The embroidery was for fun and learning. It should help hold it in place. Thank you for sharing your expertise. Evelyn
Aug 16, 2012, 11:40 PM
Evelyn, I have posted some pictures of my daughter's wedding dress made out of the Casa satin for you to see how it holds up after washing. It is under the topic: satin samples, wedding dress pictures.
thought you might enjoy seeing them.
Aug 17, 2012, 03:08 AM
flannel side is down so he doesn't have to chase the pillow all around the bed.
This made me giggle because my only acquaintance with satin linens is a story from a friend who had some, jumped in bed and slid off the the other side.
The flannel with the satin is a GREAT idea!!!!
Evelyn...I burned my head ironing my hair too. Got stiff necks from sleeing on orange juice cans for rollers. Ugh. I'm just wash and wear now...don't look in the mirror...appologize to my friends....
"It's bad to supress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips."