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« on: May 15, 2012 10:38:23 AM »

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Fun Pillowcase using the BERNINA 380



A pillowcase made of special fabrics can be a great gift, especially for kids and teenagers. Who cares if it doesn't match the sheets?  Pillowcases are fun!

I made this pillowcase with French seams and a double layer of the blue fabric, so all the seams are enclosed, and it has a nice substantial feel.



Here's how to make it: start by washing and ironing your fabric.  Then, cut two pieces of the main fabric 24" x 21", and two pieces of the contrast fabric 13" x 21".  Using a 1/4" seam, sew one piece of contrast fabric onto one end of each of the main fabric pieces, as in the picture above.



Next, iron under about 1/4" of the contrast fabric, then fold it down to cover the seam, as in the picture above.  Pin the fabric in place over the seam, and iron the top edge of the contrast fabric.



At this point you could just sew a straight stitch near the lower edge of the contrast fabric to hold it in place, but I wanted to try out a decorative stitch on my BERNINA 380.  I had 115 stitches to choose from!!  After much deliberation, I finally decided on number 79, a row of hearts; I entered the stitch into the machine, and you can see the number on the display in the picture above.



Once the number was displayed on the screen, all I had to do was step on the pedal and guide the fabric.  Easy!



The row of hearts looks equally good on the front and the back of the fabric (that's the front on the left, and the back on the right.)  Next time I will use a different thread color so there is more contrast.



Now, to sew the French seams, layer the two pieces of the pillowcase WRONG sides together.  (It seems so wrong, but it is so right!!)  Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew around the three raw edges of the pillowcase.



Then turn the pillowcase inside out and press the seams flat.  Using a 3/8" seam, sew along the three sides you just sewed. This will enclose your seams.



Turn the pillowcase right-side out and press.  Ta-da!  It looks so professional!  It's ready for gift-giving!

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012 12:43:00 PM »

ok, im screaming!
a pillowcase is making me scream Tongue
just when i thought nothing could make me catch happier zzzzs--i was wrong.

LHH--for so-so sewists like me with a so-so machine that doesn't have #79, etc. how hard is it to learn a machine like this?
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012 12:46:41 PM »

The pillow case looks great, and I like the fabric with the pencils and pencil sharpeners. Great to see you doing part of this series, too. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012 12:54:00 PM »

Thanks!

Really, at the risk of sounding like I work for Bernina, the Bernina 380 was extremely easy to use. I had never used decorative stitches before, but I had no trouble at all...it's just a matter of pressing a couple of buttons, and the stitch is programmed.
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I have always had to borrow my moms sewing machine when doing projects but I think when I buy my own I'll get one of these.  I love the little heart stitches.  It's so amazing all the technology out there!  I did make pillow cases once similar to these and really enjoyed it.  I might have to head over to my moms again to make some more!
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012 02:10:11 PM »

You make french seams look really easy! I want to make myself fancy pillowcases now. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2012 02:26:50 PM »

You make french seams look really easy! I want to make myself fancy pillowcases now. Cheesy

They are easy! Go for it!
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2012 04:19:58 PM »

Oh wow, that pillow case really does look professional!  What a great gift idea!  I want to make like a million of them!  And your instructions seem so easy that even a sewing noob like me could do it!  Thanks so much, Leslie!
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