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« on: September 23, 2008 10:01:47 AM »

Well, I'm on a sewing frenzy to make all of my Christmas gifts (and some other holiday gifts) this year. Here are 4 pillowcases that I finished for my neice and nephew. Hope you like them.

Edit: Tutorial a few posts down if interested.





These are for Halloween. They have machine embroidered hems on them.



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micheleleigh
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008 10:31:20 AM »

these are really cute. i like the candy corn one. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008 10:36:53 AM »

those are great! Did you use a pattern or anything? I wish I had an embroidery machine, maybe my next xmas/birthday combined gift or something.

I like the candy corn one too!
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008 10:46:35 AM »

The penguins rock!
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008 10:50:58 AM »

I made the pattern to use in my kid sewing classes. Super easy though if you want it.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008 10:54:41 AM »

oooh I'd love the pattern! What did you use for the color seperator? is it ribbon, bias tape or just folded fabric?
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008 12:37:52 PM »

Tutorial:

Note: the pillowcase is made using the fold of the fabric from the bolt as the top edge of the pillowcase. If the fabric pattern is running in the direction of the grain and you want to turn it so it faces correctly you will need more fabric. I hope that makes sense.

pillowcase body fabric 24 inches x 44 wide (1 1/4 yards if the print runs with the grain)
narrow hem strip 3 inches x 44 wide
wide hem strip 11 inches x 44 wide
 
This should be the width of the fabric from the bolt. Sometimes cheap fabric is a little short and you will have to trim the pieces to match the width of the narrowest piece. That's OK--it's not rocket science Wink

READY THE FABRIC

 Fold narrow border strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides touching. It will now be 1 1/2 X 44 inches. Make sure edges are even and use a few pins to hold it in place. Press, remove pins and set aside.

 Fold wide border strip in half lengthwise with pretty sides touching. It will now be 5 1/2 X 44 inches. Make sure edges are even and use a few pins to hold it in place. Press, remove pins and set aside. This pressed fold will be temporary.

STACK THE LAYERS AND MAKE YOUR HEM

 Open the wide border and lay the wide border strip on the table with pretty side facing up.

 Place the narrow border strip on top if it making the cut edges even. 

 Now place the pillowcase fabric on top of the stack with pretty side down.

 Make all the edges even. I like to put a few pins to hold it in place.

 Roll the pillowcase body fabric up.

 THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. Reach underneath and fold the wide border strip over the stack. Make all edges even. Be careful to keep it straight. Use the fold you pressed as a guide so you dont create twist or puckers to the fabric. Move the pins to the top layer to hold it all together. You will have the pillow fabric and the narrow strip rolled inside and the wide border strip will be wrong side facing out when you are done. It will be like a sandwich.

 Sew across the pinned edge using a 1/2 inch seam.

 Turn this tube "pretty" side out and open up the pillowcase. You can neatly press the hem at this time.

MAKE THE PILLOWCASE USING A FRENCH SEAM (no raw edges will be showing when finished)

 Fold the pillowcase in half with wrong sides touching. Make the side and bottom edges even and pin. Sew side and bottom edges using a 1/4 inch seam.

 Now turn the pillowcase pretty sides touching pull the seam neatly to the edge and pin again. Sew once more using a 3/8 inch seam this time. (if you don't sew real straight you can use a 1/2 inch seam here. Remember it's not rocket science Wink)

 Turn the pillowcase pretty side out. Work all the seams to the edge and give it a neat pressing.

At this point you can add embroidery if you would like to the hem.

THAT'S IT! ENJOY YOUR FUN PILLOWCASES Grin


If any of this doesn't make sense please let me know. I don't currently have any photos to go with it. If you really need some let me know also.










 



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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2008 02:20:20 PM »

those are terrific! I might need to make a few of those! I love the penguins.. Smiley













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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2008 09:39:45 AM »

Cool! My aunt makes the fun pillowcases for us though.
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2008 03:22:39 PM »

Wow I love those! Reason # 251 why I want an embroidery machine  Cool 
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