Making a Pillowcase

Making a Pillowcase

Earlier this month I put up a DYI post about creating a fabric insert that wouldn’t show any stitches.  For those of you who went ahead and made it yourself (by the way I would love to see pictures of anything made from tutorials!!) now you have a front piece of a pillow, or quilt or what not but now what, what are you going to do with it.  Well if you were me you would turn it into a pillowcase because that seems to be what I’ve been obsessed with lately.  Here I’ll include instructions on making a pillowcase for a 16×16 standard pillow insert.

To begin with, you will need a front piece for the pillow that measures 17×17.  It’s one inch bigger to create a seam allowance and let the pillow puff up a bit.  For this tutorial, the back of the pillowcase will overlap to hold in the pillow.  When I first started doing this, I would cut the 17×17 inch square from my fabric then simply use the remaining 28 inches (most fabric is 45″ wide) for the overlapping back.  While this is just fine, we’ll refer to this as the extreme overlap because well lets just say that pillow isn’t going anywhere.  The minimal that you need to create a secure pouch for your pillow I have found to be 22″.  The problem with doing any method other than the extreme overlap is that even if you do a minimal, the amount of fabric left over is just not big enough to really make anything substantial.  Instead what you have is a piece that is 6×17, which is not even big enough for an insert so you suddenly just have a house full of fabric scraps.  The information from this post can be used to make any size overlap.

Okay so here we go.  Cut out your back piece whatever size you choose, I’m going to use my norm of 17×28 because fabric waste makes my brain hurt.  Then cut this piece in half making it 17×14.  I then sew a shirttail hem into one of the 17″ sides of the each of the back pieces.  A shirttail hem is created by folding up the raw edge of the fabric then folding the fabric up again, thus making sure the raw edge is completely encased.   I do this even on fabrics that don’t have a tendency to unravel because I believe that it creates a cleaner looking final product.

Once both of the sides on the back have a hem, go ahead and start pinning.  Place the front of the pillow right side up and position the first back piece with the right side facing up.  Pin the unhemmed 17″ edge to the pillowcase, then put the other back piece so that it overlaps the first and lines up with the other side of the front.  Use pins to secure the final 3 sides and start to sew.    Sew along each side, putting the needle down and turning at each corner.  When all of the sewing is done turn it right side out and enjoy your finished product!  I would love to hear what you thought about the post and remember, keep crafting!


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