When was the last time you went looking for the perfect bed clothes, sheets, pillowcases, duvet cover etc but just couldn’t find the right pattern or style – this always happens to me and I end up paying quite a lot for bed clothes that I don’t love and that I know I’ll get bored of.
Well no more! Because now I can make my own pillowcases, and while I’m fairly biased because I love the fabric and loved making them I reckon they look pretty darn good for a second beginner sewing project!
Making them is pretty simple too.
Take two cuts of fabric:
1) 27 x 45 inches - for the body of the pillow
2) 9 x 45 inches - for the accent
Step 2: Align the edges of the body fabric lengthwise with the accent fabric with the right sides facing each other and pin together
Step 3: Bring the edge of the main body of fabric up, fold over and pin in place 1 inch below the raw edges of the 2 fabric pieces and re-pin.
Step 6: Create a tube by pinning the acccent fabric edges together (along with one edge of the main body from step 2) encasing the rest of the body fabric within the accent tube
From the side it looks like this:
Finally after all that folding we're on to the sewing bit!
Step 7: Create a 3/8 inch seam along the length of the tube making sure that only the accent fabric and one egde of the body fabric is being seamed (don't allow any of the folded body fabric to be caught).
Step 8: Trim the seam and then pull out the folded fabric from one of the open edges (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this bit but it's super easy) Keep pulling out all the fabric until you the fabric is one long piece. Press flat the seams where the accent fabric meets the body fabric.
Step 9: It finally looks like a pillowcase! Fold the fabric together wrong sides facing each other so that the accent is together at the top. Pin and sew a 3/8 inch seam along the side and bottom of the pillowcase. Trim the seam to remove excess fabric
Note this bit feels wrong because you are sewing your seam on the right (pretty) side of the fabric but not to worry this is the first step of the french seam and we'll hide it beautifully with the next few steps.
Step 10: Turn the pillowcase inside out and press the seams flat. Sew a slightly wider (1/2 inch) along the same sides we seamed in Step 9 ensuring that all of the previous seam is encased by the new seam. It will look like this:
I have to admit that I love learning to sew, my lines are getting straighter and my head is buzzing with ideas for more projects to do! I’m thinking now about how to make my own duvet cover, or a quilt but I feel like the duvet cover might come first.