The other day, I was explaining to a non-DIY-type friend that craft stores have their Christmas supplies up so early so that makers can have all their goods ready to sell/gift/hoard in time for the season. So in honor of the early starters here’s a little Christmas in September. I’m going to share my favorite quick pillowcase tutorial. A pillowcase makes a great gift by itself, and like we did here, as wrapping for a coordinating gift like our PJ pants!
I learned this pillowcase technique a few years ago at QuiltCon when American Patchwork and Quilting was doing their 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. UPDATE: I just went to the site and it’s still going, so go check it out and make a few extra to donate! Bust that stash for a good cause!
Here’s how to make one!
Cut 3/4 yard fabric for the main pillowcase and 1/4 yard of a coordinating fabric for the cuff. If you have longer pillows, adjust the lengths accordingly like we did here for a super long cuff.
1. Lay the cuff fabric down horizontally and right side up.
2. Align the long edge of the main fabric with the bottom long edge of the cuff.
3. Without disturbing the matching edge, roll the main fabric down so that it is “within the cuff.
4. Fold the top edge of the cuff over to enclose the main fabric. Pin in place.
5. Sew through all three layers with 1/4″ seam allowance along edge.
6. Pull the rolled fabric out and turn piece inside out. You will have a completely finished cuff. Cool, right?
7. There are three easy ways to finish the case.
A. Fold in half with right sides facing, aligning top and bottom edges of cuff, and sew down side and across bottom, with back-stitches at beginning and end. This is fast but leaves a raw edge inside.
B. If you have a serger, finish as described above but with a serged edge for a professional look.
C. Create a french seam by folding the case with wrong sides facing, sew with a scant 1/4″ seam, turn inside out and stitch again with a 3/8″ seam, and turn right side out.