I recently learned how to make pillowcases and I LOVE to make them. I made one for all my nieces and nephews for Christmas. And I have made them to match all the quilts in my house that go on beds.
Recently I came up a great idea to make each of my boys one for all the major holidays. I have been buying the fabric as the holidays come, but I have not stayed up on making them. I was in my sewing room today admiring all my pretty fabric when I saw the stack of fabric for the
pillowcases. I know Christmas is awhile away but I am 5 months pregnant and need to try and get as much done before the baby comes as i can. So I decided to make them.
Then I thought I wish I had known how to make these a while ago. So i thought I would share with you all how to make them. They are so easy. Something that anyone with any level of sewing experience can make. You could even teach your little girls how to make these.
I am going to show you 2 ways to make them. The first is with a french seam, so that your seams don’t show and the next way will be with a surger to finish the seams. If you don’t have a surger then the best way will be the first way.
So lets begin!
To start lets get all our materials gathered up.
1/4 yard of fabric for the cuff or top of your pillowcase
3/4 yard for the main part of the pillowcase
rotary cutter and mat and/or scissors
thread to match
sewing machine (surger is optional)
iron and ironing board
Okay now that we have all our supplies lets get started!
First you need to square up or fabric, or make it so the raw edges are even.
Second unfold the fabrics and line up one raw edge from each of your pieces (top and main part) to each other. You can pin them to together or just sew it.
After you have sewed the whole width of your fabric lay it out on a table or floor and roll the main part up to the cuff.
Then wrap the cuff around to your seam and pin in place.
Once pinned you will sew the whole length again. Try to start at the same end you started at with the first seam.
Then pull the body out of the cuff and press the cuff flat. I use Best Press for this part to get a nice crisp press job.
Fold the pillow case in half and trim the selvedge off so that your 2 raw edges are even. Now comes where I will show you the 2 different ways to to finish this.
First we will do french seams. Put wrong sides together (i know it sounds weird cause you normally do right sides together, but so wrong sides!!!) And sew a seam 1/4″ seam allowance around the 2 raw edges
Then flip it inside out so that right sides are touching and sew 3/8″ to 1/2″ seam allowance so that you first seam will be trapped inside you new seam.
Turn it back inside out and press.
Ta da! You have a no seams pillowcase!! Look how awesome you are!!!
So for the second way. But right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seam allowance around the 2 raw edeges.
Then surge around the seam you just made.
Turn inside out and press.
Ta Da! You have a pillowcase.
The reason you want to hide your seams is so they don’t fray and come apart.