It’s a mystery to me why I’m not sleeping very well these days. I’m too hot at night so we left our down comforter in its storage bag this winter and didn’t even put it on our bed. Our upstairs, where all of our bedrooms are located, is already very cold because we don’t heat it. Next, I tried switching which side of the bed I sleep on and have shared with my husband for almost 22 years. Perhaps a change of scenery would be helpful. My husband, who has no idea what could be interrupting my sleep pattern, graciously agreed to switch sides but it lasted only 5 minutes. It felt too weird, so we switched back. It was really a mystery to me – mid 40s, suddenly hot while sleeping, wide awake, and did I mention going to the bathroom more often? Then I figured our what it was:
Ratty tatty pillow cases that needed to be mended.
Yes, indeed, when you’ve been using the same pillow cases for nearly 22-years of marriage, your pillow cases get ratty and tatty on the edges and that’s what was keeping me from sleeping. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself! Here’s how to mend pillow cases.
Trim the ends that are torn and thread bare. Then, carefully fold seam over twice and pin.
Sew around the top of your pillow case. Remove pins before you sew over them. When you come to a thick seam, use a folded up piece of cardboard to raise your sewing machine foot up in the back so that you can sew up and over the large seam. Be careful not to sew the cardboard but ease it along as you stitch.
Press your seams after sewing with a very hot iron. Next, I replaced the buttons that were missing on the pillow cases. First, I added a little scrap of fabric underneath the button, to reinforce where I was attaching the button. The fabric was very thin and this will help extend its life. I don’t even know when those buttons disappeared!
That’s it. My pillow cases are looking much better now.
Make your pillow cases last as long as mine have by only drying them in the dryer for 10 minutes and then hang them to dry.
So, another life mystery solved. My sleep pattern has nothing to do with age or any changes my body may be going through. Nope. It has to do with ratty tatty pillow cases. Case closed. Well, buttoned at least.
This folded up piece of cardboard helps keep my sewing foot at different heights. It’s especially helpful when sewing jeans or other projects that have thick seams.
How are you sleeping these days? Are ratty tatty pillow cases keeping you awake at night?