Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pillowcase Tutorial

Though a small thing I feel good that I've accomplished this little project.  :)  I saw this in Ohio and even purchased the instructions - however it is with my my other misplaced patterns.  So Saturday while in town I went to The Jack of Arts where they were giving little demo's of this pillowcase.  I was pleased to get the refresher!  So I went ahead and purchased the fabric below with instructions.

It's simple but it helps to have the visual when doing.  For me anyway ~ I love how it goes together though and if I had come up with this it would have taken some thought and some more.  LOL

Once you have one done it takes nothing to throw more together once you have your fabrics chosen, measured and cut out.  As my Gram would have said, LICKETY- SPLIT!

For each pillowcase you will need:

3/4 (27") yard of your main fabric
12" by width of the fabric (selvage to selvage) for the cuff
optional accent strip (trim) 1.5" by with of fabric

I measured the width of fabric to be 43"

Pick out fabric.
Cut off this.
With right sides up lay together as so. If using trim fold  & press in half  wrong sides together.
Cuff 1st, main piece, then trim if used - pin.
Once pinned roll main piece toward pinned seam.
Re-pn. I will resemble a tube.
Sew pinned seam together using 1/2" seam.
Pull fabric right side out press trim down and cuff flat.
Fold with right sides together press and pin cut seams.

Stitch as close as you can to the edge. Yes on right side, side and bottom.
Turn inside out (right sides together) press where you just sewn to flatten.
Sew a 3/8" seam over the "L" shape (side & bottom) you just sewn.
Turn right side out - you now have a clean seam - seamless.
Very nice pillow to enjoy are give away!
If you have any questions ask away I'll do my best to answer.  It truly is a quick case to put together; in fact post took more time.  :)

I have to say that our little town seems to be getting active once more.  It a wonderful thing.  With the efforts of A Step Back In Time - cool little coffee shop reminiscent of those I've visited and lived near in other places - doing what they cant to generate business.  It's sad when a town starts dying without the support of the community.  I've/we've always choose to support local business first.  Personally I can't stand Walmart and choose to stay out as much as possible.  In fact unless I can find it elsewhere I just don't need it.  :)  However, sometimes I'm forced without a choice.  :(

So kudos' for all who are working hard to keep our town active and alive.  I'm continuing to add some favorite places around town to do above are two.  Below a few more:

Cottage Bakery   also Olney B & B you can check on home page.  I LOVE going here!
Gingerbread Co.  (Facebook)
Debbie's - great for crafters.

There's a lot more than meets the eye and I'm hoping the community will really give shops there due and support them.


Eileen @ My Evergreen Place said...

Thank you, Vicky for posting this tutorial! I just bought some fabric and wanted to make a pillowcase for my granddaughter. Your step by step instructions with pictures (!!!) will be a big help.

Hope all is well!


Refracted Lite said...

Thank you I'm good Eileen, good seeing you out there. You are welcome sometimes its good to see what you're reading. This time I won't forget. Have fun!