Friday, December 8, 2017

How to Make a Simple Pillow Case

I had a request from a reader wanting to know how I stitched up the Christmas pillow cases I've been making so I took pictures the next time I made one and turned them into a tutorial.

It takes 1 yard of fabric to make this pillow case!



On the fold I cut the fabric 21 inches wide by 33.5 inches long.

Tip:  To get a straight cutting line for the length I took a yardstick and measured across the top 21 inches from the fold and made a mark, across the middle from the fold and made a mark and across the bottom from the fold and made a mark. Then I took a yardstick and drew a straight like vertically connecting all three marks and used that line for my cutting line.

These are the measurements for a regular size pillow case.  If you want to make a queen or king size, look up the size and cut your fabric accordingly.

I did press this fabric before cutting, it had alot of folds and creases, and I needed to be careful when measuring and cutting to make sure the measurements were accurate.


With wrong sides together and right sides on the outside, stitch 1/4 inch from the edge and press the stitching. Trim the seam down to an 1/8 inch.


Turn it so that the wrong sides are on the outside and the seam on the inside, use a point turner to push the corners out and press the seams again.


Stitch approximately 1/4 inch from the edge and press.  (You're making a french seam!)


Turn so that the right sides of the fabric are on the outside, push out the corners and press.

 

Turn it inside out agian, put it on the ironing board and measure, fold down and press 1/2 inch from the edge.  I used a sewing and knitting guage to measure.


Next, fold down 3 inches for the hem and press.  
(I don't generally pin this hem, but if you would prefer, by all means do so!)


Stitch about 1/4 from the hem edge.


Press the hem.


For the final step I gave it a good startching and ironing and now it's ready for gift giving!

If something is not clear, let me know and I'll try to explain it better.  These pillow cases really are quick and simple to make and make great gifts!




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patsi
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17 comments:

  1. Love it..I found this to be very simple and eliminates reveling. Thanks so much😊

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  2. Thank you so much Patsy!!!! I totally understand your directions and really appreciate you taking time to post this for us! I look forward to doing this soon!

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    1. You're welcome Holley m! I hope you enjoy stitching them up!

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    2. I've done four now!!!! They look very professional! I love the French seams and they are so easy!!! Thanks, Patsy!

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  3. This looks fun. My Mom used to make these. I think I give it a try.⛄

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  4. Thanks Patsy. I have never sewn them up but should try making some for next winter as I have leftover flannelette from rag quilts.

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    1. Nanna Chel, flannelette would make nice pillow cases. After the holidays I want to stitch up some new ones for us too!

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  5. I've been sewing my own cases over the last few years. It seems the cases that come with sheet sets are so skimpy (and skimpier when washed and dried!) I use plain color sheets and find a couple different coordinating patterns making two sets. So much nicer not having to cram a pillow into a case!

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    1. mdoe37, you're right, sheets make really good pillow cases. I have some sheets that I got at the thrift store that are going to become pillow cases after the holidays!

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  6. Thank you so much for the tutorial...I never knew a point Turner existed! This just proves you are never too old to learn something new. :)

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  7. Thank you, Patsi, for this easy pattern. I just made my first pillow case! Too excited :). (The fabric you used is adorable). Merry Christmas!

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    1. Mary, I'm so glad you had success! Merry Christmas!

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  8. A friend walked me through making small bags with zippers this Fall and I've now made 11 as gifts and filled them with essential oil products I make as well as bargain finds I've gathered throughout the year. It is just so fun and thrilling to turn your fabric and lace scraps and a 17 cent zipper(when you buy in bulk in a rainbow of colors) into a lovely gift. Fabulous tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company on pinterest. Topped it off with initial zipper pulls from Walmart and it's personalized, too. Thanks for sharing your frugal ways as it inspires us all!!

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    1. Tracey, someone is going to get some very nice gifts!!! I have recently discovered Missouri Star Quilt Company website and at your suggestion I will go check out their pinterest page. Thanks so much for sharing and for your sweet words of encouragement!

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