Pillowcase Tutorial

My mom wrote up these super great instructions for making a pillow case. I love this pattern because it is such a great stash buster and every one love a personalized pillow case. The example was made for a craftster.org challenge to create an embroidered sampler.

I embroidered the cuff with a quote for the craftster challenge. I just printed it out on my computer them traced it.

Super Simple Pillow Cases
Fabric Standard King
Main 1 yard (non directional) 1 1/8
Border piece 1/3 1/3
Accent piece 1/8 1/8

Cut three pieces of fabric: main, border and accent.
Fabric Standard King
Main 27 x 41 37 x 41
Border piece 12 x 41 12 x 41
Accent piece 3 x 41 3 x 41

Cutting Instructions:
If your main fabric is directional you will need to use 1 1/8 yards of fabric (41 inches). The design should read correctly on the 27 inch side.
Sewing Instructions:
1. Lay your border fabric (12 x 41) face up on your worktable. Make sure you have a long enough table to lay the piece out completely.
2. Lay your main fabric (27 x 41) face up on top or your border fabric. Match the raw edges on the long side. Pin together in a few places.
3. Press your accent (3 x 41) in half lengthwise, with the right side faces out. Lay the folded accent piece on top of your stack (main, border) and match up the raw edges. When you flip you fabric at a corner you should see the right sides of all of your fabrics. Pin together all of the raw edges.
4. Carefully take the stack to your sewing machine and baste together the raw edges using a very scant _ inch seam.
5. Check and make sure you caught all of your raw edges.
Okay stick with me cause we are in the home stretch.
6. Carefully roll up the main fabric. Pin the roll to keep it out of your way.
7. Bring the bottom edge of the border piece (12 x 41) up to the basted raw edge. Over the roll of main fabric. You are now looking at the wrong side of the fabric.
8. Take a minute to pin the edge and then baste all of the raw edges together. Check and make sure you did not catch the main fabric in the seam. Using a serger, serge down the raw edge again, finishing the edge. Using a serger reduces the bulk but if you don’t have one just return to a normal stitch length and sew about a _ inch seam.
9. Carefully, cause there are pins in the main fabric, turn your tube from wrong side to right side. You are almost done.
10. Finger press the pillowcase edge. Optional-For a crisp look press the seam between the main fabric and the border fabric and sew a thin top stitch on the accent edging.
11. Placing right sides together, match up the top and the seam and sew the sides and bottom of the pillowcase. I used a serger but my mom like to make a French seam.

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