Rosa's World

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fancy Smancy Pillow Case Tutorial

Fancy Smancy Pillow Case Tutorial

Pink band's measurements:
8 inches X 22 inches - (2 of these)

Lime (mini) band:
1-3/4 inches X 22 inches - (2 of these)

NOTE: these 2 will be a bit bigger than the actual pillow case. I'll explain why later on.

Pillow case body:
26 inches X 20-1/2 inches

(NOTE: your typical fabric measures WIDTH WISE 44 inches or so. Fold your fabric in half. Try to cut as close to the selvage as possible and you should get 26 inches or close enough to make a nice pillow case body.)

Fold the pink bands in half - iron them.
Fold the lime (mini) bands in half - iron them.
Place, lime green band on top of pink band - raw edges together.

Sew 1/4" to the edge.

Flip upside down and sew (1/4 inch) onto right side of pillow case.

Repeat for the other pillow case edge.

Then, and here's an IMPORTANT tip....

Go BACK and sew a "zig zag" line.

This will stop the fabric from fraying and creating those nasty bird's nests, every time you wash your pillow cases.

Iron the lime (mini) band towards the pink band.

Sew your pillow case, right sides together.

Trim the extra fabric for the lime (mini) band and the pink band. I found it was easier to have these 2 strips bigger and then, trim the extras off, afterwards.

Once again, go BACK and sew a "zig zag" line, on both sides of your pillow case, to avoid future frayings.

And here's a picture of me, with my pillow cases...

And here's another picture of my pillow cases:

Pink band for me and Gilbert gets the bright lime band.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.



Greg said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm off to make some pillow cases!!!

Elly D said...

I thought you were supposed to be stitching diamonds, LOL...

Great pillow case btw :)

Kings... well what more can I say, rofl!!
off to bednow.

Cyn ;-) said...

Nice tute, Rosa, with great pics.
I like to make pillow cases too. They are quick and fun!