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.