I had a metre of some beautiful cotton: soft with grey and cream stripes. I thought that if I made pillowcases, I could use and see the fabric everyday, so that's what I did.
These were super simple to make, and have French seams for extra longevity. I made each case from a single length of fabric, even after/while drinking a couple of glasses of wine- I can't believe they worked out. Ha. I really shouldn't be advocating drinking and sewing, imagine the dangers. I will try and re-create what i did then post the pattern here. I think a pair of handmade pillowcases, from really good fabric, would make a nice Christmas present, don't you?
I've also been doing a bit of pencil + watercolour sketching of late- I've found it to be a very 'civilised' and relaxing way to spend half an hour snatched here and there.