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.
Press back 4.5 to 5 inches at the top.
Fold 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the folded edge and press.
Stitch into place.
With right side out, stitch the side seam at 1/4 inch.
Turn and press seam to one side.
On wrong side stitch at 5/8 inches. This creates a (modified) French seam with the raw edge contained within the seam.
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.
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.
And voila, a perfect pillowcase for yourself or someone else.
I saw a great blog entry by Bleak Midwinter on a table runner and pillows. It inspired me to make more pillows, but sadly I have too many pillows already. Here are a few that I particularly like. I have a peculiar habit of giving them each names, like they are children. As you can see, I love braided tassels and exquisite trims. These are just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
I made a pillow today. I had some leftover pieces of fabric with an adorable Chinese toile pattern on it that is perfect for a pillow front. I shopped for something to complement the back and came up with a nice stripe in French blues… just perfect with this toile.
Today I will walk you through the steps in making an easy decorative pillow. I like to put zippers in my pillow coverings so that they can be cleaned and/or easily changed out so that I can re-use the pillow form. I prefer feather pillows, and since they are a little more expensive than form inserts or polyester fiberfill, I like to recycle them from season to season and pillow to pillow. Once you start making your own pillows, you’ll never bother with the cheesy things you find at the store that are stuffed with… God only knows what and from where.
1) I began with the two panels of fabric and serged around the edges to protect them from fraying.
2) I searched through my zippers to find one that would do. Zippers don’t have to match perfectly, because if they’re put in properly they won’t show; of course, they should be close to the background color in the fabric or tastefully coordinated. Then I placed the zipper centering it between the two side seams at the bottom seam line.
3) I stitched the zipper in place using the placket insertion method. I like this method best, because it creates nice coverage for the zipper teeth. invisible zippers are also nice in pillows, but I didn’t have one that matched, so I improvised by using an alternative method.
4) Once the zipper application was completed, I stitched the other three seams of the pillow making sure to leave enough of the zipper open so that I would be able to turn the pillow inside out later.
5) Once all the remaining seams were stitched I trimmed the corners, and then turned the pillow right side out.
6) I pressed the pillow shaping it and making sure the corners were completely turned out to a soft point.
7) Then I placed pillow insert into pillow cover. I smooshed the insert corners into place to ensure the corners were filled out.
8) Voila! As quick as a wink I had a beautiful decorator pillow ready to use or give as a gift.