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« on: July 07, 2005 02:25:19 PM »

How to Make Pillow Cases

1.  Fabric Preparation   Trim fabrics to the following sizes:
Main Fabric:      
  Standard:  26" x 41"
  Queen:  30" x 41"
  King:  36" x 41"
Contrast Fabric:  10" x 41"
Trim Fabric:  1 1/2" x 41"

2.  Pin Fabrics Together
Press trim fabric in half lengthwise.   Spread main fabric right side up, with one of the 26" edge nearest you.  Place trim along the right hand 42" edge of your main fabric.  All raw edges should line up and face out. Layer your contrast fabric next, matching cut edges.  Pin in place, making sure to catch all layers.

3.  Sew Together
Sew all three fabrics together using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Spread out fabric right side up, lightly iron, pressing your seam toward the contrast fabric.

4.  Stitch Contrasting Fabric in Place
Turn raw edge of contrasting fabric toward the wrong side, 1/2" and press creating a crisp crease.  Turn half remaining width of contrast to wrong side, coving the seam allowance (about 1/8" extended past stitching line); press.  Pin to hold in place.  Turn pillowcase right side out.  Top-stitch along the edge of the contrast seam (on right side), being sure to catch folded edge of contrast that was turned/pinned to wrong side.

5.  Pin Side Seams
Fold your fabric in half right sides out, with the contrast and trim on the right side.  Pin around the open ended side and bottom.

6.  Sew a French Seam
Sew 1/4" seam with the right sides facing out, trim seam allowance to half of the width.  Turn pillowcase so the seam in now on the inside of the pillowcase, and the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.  Push the seam all the way to the outside, and pin in place, press if necessary.  Sew another 1/4" seam to enclose the first 1/4" seam.  Turn right sides out, and press seams.

Calculate Fabric From Your Own Pillow Measurements
(includes 1/2" seam allowances)
Main Fabric:  Pillow width x pillow height, multiplied by 2, with 1" added to the doubled total.
Contrast Fabric:  10" x pillow height, multiplied by 2, with 1" added to the doubled total.
Trim Fabric:  1 1/2" x pillow height, multiplied by 2, with 1" added to the doubled total.

How To Make Housewife Pillow Cases
Plain pillow cases, known as housewife pillow cases, are very easy to make. They are cut in one piece from across the width of the fabric.  The fabric is hemmed at each side, folded and stitched with an overlapping flap at the back to hold the pillow in place. This simple style gives a crisp look on any bed.

1.  Cut Fabric
(includes 1/2" seam allowance)
Standard Size (20" by 26"):  Cut one piece of fabric measuring 60" wide by 21" high.
Queen Size (20" by 30"):  Cut one piece of fabric measuring 68" wide by 21" high.
King Size (20" by 36"):  Cut one piece of fabric measuring 80" wide by 21" high.

2.  Hem Sides
Turn under a double 1/2" hem at one end of the fabric. Stitch and press.  At the opposite end turn under a double 2" hem. Stitch and press.

3.  Mark 6""From Hem
Place the fabric on a flat surface, wrong side up, and mark a line with pins 6" from the end with the small hem.

4.  Fold in Edges
Fold the end with the large hem to this mark, and pin in place.  Fold the end with the small hem over the top and past the edge of the large hem by 2".  Pin the side seams.

5.  Stitch Side Seams
Stitch both side seams through all thicknesses using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Trim seam allowance to half of the width.

6.  Turn and Press
Turn wrong side out and press, stitch both side seams through all thicknesses using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Turn right side out and press.  Place the pillow inside the pillow case and tuck it under the flap to secure.

Calculate Fabric From Your Own Pillow Measurements
(includes 1/2" seam allowances)
Cut one piece of fabric measuring width of pillow with 8" added x height of pillow with 1" added.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2005 09:40:50 AM by JodiJean » THIS ROCKS   Logged


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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2005 05:45:36 PM »

thank you, thank you! i just bought a big floor pillow, and pshaw'd at the cases i could buy for it, retailing for $20. 'i'll just make one!' i thought in the store.

but then i remembered the last time i made a pillow was nearly 15 years ago in home ec in 7th grade.


oh, thank you for such a nice tutorial! mrs. tampa (home ec teacher) would truly be proud.
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