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A CHRISTMAS PILLOWCASE FOR EVERYONE

 

Christmas fabrics usually go on sale in the days leading up to December 25th.  Yesterday, with that in mind,  I stopped in to a local store to see what was left on the shelves that I might be able to use. I was rewarded for my effort with the lovely piece shown above  which I brought home and quickly turned into a set of cases.   My favorite material for pillowcases is flannel, but soft cottons are also suitable.

It takes a full yard to create a pillowcase.  They are an easy project and perfect for a beginner… even the youngest sewer can have success as I will demonstrate below.

HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT PILLOWCASE

Begin by trimming the selvage edges from the 1 yard piece.

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Press back  4.5 to 5 inches at the top.

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Fold 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the folded edge and press.

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Stitch into place.

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With right side out, stitch the side seam at 1/4 inch.

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Turn and press seam to one side.

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On wrong side stitch at 5/8 inches.  This creates a (modified) French seam with the raw edge contained within the seam.

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Optional:  Press the seam down and stitch on the finished edge creating a flat fell seam.  I take this step to help eliminate bulk that sometime happens with washing.  When the seam is stitch down it decreased need for ironing… if you’re not keen on ironing pillowcases.

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Turn the fabric right side out and stitch both at 1/4 inch as done for the side seam.  Follow the same instruction for creating side seam at the bottom seam line.

Give the pillowcase a final steam press stretching on the bias to square up the corners as needed.fullsizeoutput_c72

And voila, a perfect pillowcase for yourself or someone else.

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