Saturday, February 27, 2010

how to: make a homemade pillowcase

Standard Pillowcase

Fabric requirements:
body requires 1 1/2 yard (54" long)
band requires a good 1/2 yard (18" to 18 3/4")
border requires 1/8 to 1/4 yard

Directions for a set of pillowcases:
Preshrink fabric. Cut out body of pillowcase 27" in length by 21 1/2" in width. Cut out band 9 3/8" in width by 21 1/2" in length. For border cut a strip 1 1/2" up to 4" in width by 21 1/2" in length, or use trims and cut 21 1/2" in length. Repeat for second pillowcase.

Sew a 3/8" seam on body and band together on one edge. Serge seam. Press seam towards body. Topstitch to seam edge. Beginning at the band edge, with right sides together, sew a 1/2" seam at side edges. Backstitch at the beginning of the seam and 1/2" or so at corner before rotating the seam. Backstitch 1/2" or so also at the beginning of the rotated corner seam too and continue stitching a 1/2". At end of seam, backstitch again. Serge pillowcase seams. Trim corners off at an angle.

(Next time I make these, I will take pictures and add to the post.)

Enjoy the cute creation you have made!  Have any other pillow ideas you wish to share with me?

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