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« on: August 04, 2008 09:08:29 AM »

When I saw this challenge I immediately wanted to create a pillowcase. This is one of my favorite thoughts from one of my favorite philosopher, Thomas Merton.

Art enables us to find ourselves and to lose ourselves at the same time.

To create the cuff I printed the quote out and traced it onto Kona Cotton.

Here are the instructions for making the pillow case.

Super Simple Pillow Cases

Fabric Standard --King
Main 1 yard (non directional) --1 1/8
Border piece 1/3 --1/3
Accent piece 1/8 --1/8
Cut three pieces of fabric: main, border and accent.
Fabric Standard King
Main 27 x 41 --37 x 41
Border piece 12 x 41 --12 x 41
Accent piece 3 x 41 --3 x 41
Cutting Instructions:
If your main fabric is directional you will need to use 1 1/8 yards of fabric (41 inches). The
design should read correctly on the 27 inch side.
Sewing Instructions:
1. Lay your border fabric (12 x 41) face up on your worktable. Make sure you have a long
enough table to lay the piece out completely.
2. Lay your main fabric (27 x 41) face up on top or your border fabric. Match the raw edges
on the long side. Pin together in a few places.
3. Press your accent (3 x 41) in half lengthwise, with the right side faces out. Lay the folded
accent piece on top of your stack (main, border) and match up the raw edges. When you
flip you fabric at a corner you should see the right sides of all of your fabrics. Pin together
all of the raw edges.
4. Carefully take the stack to your sewing machine and baste together the raw edges using
a very scant _ inch seam.
5. Check and make sure you caught all of your raw edges.
Okay stick with me cause we are in the home stretch.
6. Carefully roll up the main fabric. Pin the roll to keep it out of your way.
7. Bring the bottom edge of the border piece (12 x 41) up to the basted raw edge. Over the
roll of main fabric. You are now looking at the wrong side of the fabric.
8. Take a minute to pin the edge and then baste all of the raw edges together. Check and
make sure you did not catch the main fabric in the seam. Using a serger, serge down the
raw edge again, finishing the edge. Using a serger reduces the bulk but if you dont have
one just return to a normal stitch length and sew about a _ inch seam.
9. Carefully, cause there are pins in the main fabric, turn your tube from wrong side to right
side. You are almost done.
10. Finger press the pillowcase edge. Optional-For a crisp look press the seam between the
main fabric and the border fabric and sew a thin top stitch on the accent edging.
11. Placing right sides together, match up the top and the seam and sew the sides and
bottom of the pillowcase. I used a serger but my mom like to make a French seam.

My blog has a pdf for printing ease.


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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008 09:13:49 AM »

that is a beautiful quote and i love the fabrics you picked out

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008 09:14:07 AM »

That's a great quote. It really looks like it "fits" on that pillow, too - like it was meant to be there.  Nice!  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008 09:57:06 AM »

This is a lovely pillow for a lovely quote. Thanks for the tutorial, too!

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2008 12:10:50 PM »

thats a wonderful quote! very nice!

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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2008 12:38:53 PM »

that's beautiful! nice work
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2008 05:34:44 PM »

Really like the quote, and the idea that you made the pillow case! For pressing everything so perfect you get bonus points! Smiley


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