Measure the length and width of a trunk tray or of the bottom of a bureau drawer. Add 2 1/2 inches to the dimensions in each direction to allow for the hems and cut from soft finished cotton material or from denim. Turn one inch hems up on the right side of the material (two opposite sides first and then the ends over them). Square the corners, overhanding the sides, or miter them according to Miter No. 2. (See No. 5.) Choose a variety of feather-stitching (see No. 43-44) or the herring-bone (see No. 45) and hold the hems down with it instead of the hemming stitch. Work on the edge of the hem, but not extending beyond. The stitches should continue to the end of the hems in order that they will cross each other at right angles at the corners. This cover can be made in small size (1/8 of the usual dimension) to serve as an example of the use of the stitch, if the teacher wishes to place it in an interleaved copy of the Sewing Course.
Such covers are very useful for they keep the clothing in place and clean in travelling and the bottom of the drawer neat when at home. A soft green chambray with white feather-stitching is serviceable, but white soft finished cotton cloth ornamented in colored stitches is more attractive. The children should measure, select materials and stitches and decide on cost.
APRON. (See Whipped Hem.)
The hems on each side and across the bottom of this apron can be held down by feather-stitching instead of hemming.