Saturday, September 7, 2013

Magic Pillowcase


I love working on projects such as this and find the results very rewarding. Having a blog has allowed me to share my creative endeavours with friends, family, and blog followers. Therefore I have decided to come up with a tutorial to help you on your way.

It is not uncommon for me to make gifts for my family and friends, and as the years go by it seems that my list gets longer. About two years ago I found some great fabric for friendship bags. This fabric consisted flower fairies, coupled with inspirational words. However, after repeated trips to the shop I ended up buying enough fabric for twenty two bags. As the following year came around another brilliant idea popped into my head, pillow cases. Not just any type, but Christmas pillowcases, given along with handmade cards and gift bags. So there I went again, thirty pillowcases later I am done for yet another year. Granted, my husband thinks I’m either possessed or mad, he is not sure what drives me during these creative moments, and neither am I. Consequently,  whenever I take on a project making large quantities of a single item, I end up saying that I’ll never make another. Despite this the magic pillow case seems to resurface from time to time. 

Now you may be wondering just what is a magic pillow case? In short, its a design where the cuff of the case, encases all of the fabric into a tube that then gets sewn along its raw edge. As a result, when you pull the inside fabric through the tube you end up with a nicely finished cuff with no top stitching.

Our local quilt shop has recently closed down, resulting in some great deals on fabrics. Hence the pretty new pillow cases, a tutorial on how to make them, and this post:

To construct a standard pillowcase you will need to:

1. Cut a 29"or 73.6 cm piece for the case
2. Cut a 9" or 22.9 cm piece for the cuff
3. Cut a 1 1/2’’ or 4 cm piece for the flat piping
*All these pieces use the standard width of the fabric
First, place the cuff fabric, right side up, flat on the table.

Next you will place your main case fabric on top of the cuff, right side up, matching the raw edges.
Press the flat piping in half lengthwise with the right side facing outward. Next, lay the piping on top of the other two pieces aligning the raw edges.
Now that all of your pieces are in place, roll the bottom edge of your main fabric into a fairly tight roll onto the cuff.
Finally, take the bottom edge of the cuff fabric, bringing it over the roll aligning it with the four previous raw edges.

Pin this well so the fabric stays in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edge, being careful as to not to catch any of your rolled fabric.
Now let the magic happen. Pull the inside fabric out of the tube turning it right side out.

Next, press and trim your fabric. Do this by folding the width of your fabric in half, wrong sides together, square and trim up the uneven edges. After that, pin the piping and cuff seams so they match up perfectly. 
Sew a slightly smaller than a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom, this will form the start of your French seam. 
Once completed, turn the pillowcase inside out (right sides together) and press this seam once again aligning the cuff and piping.

Finally, sew a little larger seam that completely encases your previously sewn seam (side then bottom edges).To finish turn right side out, press, then they're ready to go.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and make a few pillowcases for yourself.  
Until next time,