Saturday, December 23, 2006

Holiday Pillow Case (or anyday pillow case)

I have made Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter & every day so far for each kiddo. I am still planning on making a back up everyday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Patriotic, Summer & Back to school.

Fabrics: (pair of cases)
This actually makes queen size cases, so they will either hang off the end of a twin pillow or you can upgrade to queen size pillow, I wouldn't recommend making them smaller since it really depends on the fluff of your pillow

1 1/2 Yard Cotton for the body
2/3 Yard Cotton for decorative hem
1/8 Yard Contrasting Cotton for accent strip


Cutting the Fabric:
Body: 27"x 41"
Hem: 11" x 41"
Accent: 2" x 41"

Creating the Case:
1. Using the 2" accent fabric, press in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. You will now have an accent piece 1" x 41".
2. Create a pile with raw edges matching, body fabric, right side up, accent fabric, and decorative hem fabric, right side down. Pin all the layers carefully making sure that you don't "lose" the accent fabric. Sew, using the edge of your presser foot for seam allowance, along the 41" raw edge. Set seam by pressing flat.
3. Roll up the body fabric, forming a tube, towards the hem edge.
4. Flip the hem fabric around the formed tube, so that raw edges are matching and right sides are together.
5. Pin edges & sew all layers using edge of presser foot for seam allowance. Be careful not to catch the rolled body fabric in the seam. My machine is digital & the needle is very easy to move, so I usually move the needle 2 clicks to the out side (right) of the previous seam just to be sure I don't go to the left of the stitches.
6. Pull rolled fabric out one edge. Press finished hem.
7. With wrong sides together and using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the side & top edge of the body. Set seam by pressing flat. I usually find I have to do some trimming before I move on to the next step, you don't want any raw edges showing through your final seam.
8. Turn pillow case inside out, so that the right sides of fabric are on the inside. Press. Sew the side and top edge using a 1/2" seam allowance. Set seam by pressing flat.
9. Turn right side out. Press flat.

2 Fantastic people left feedback!:

Colleen said...

Thank you for sharing this! I have been wanting to make pillowcases fro my girls. I willhave to give it a try now.

Lisa Knight said...

You are welcome Colleen! I loved making them, I even made a set for my Sister for her birthday!!!