Monday, January 9, 2017

Pillowcase Tutorial

Whether you want to have pillowcases for every season and holiday, are tired of boring pillowcases available on the market or have hard-to-fit pillows, you’re going to enjoy this easy tutorial that will help you make your own pillowcases quickly and precisely. In my case, I have an oversized bamboo pillow that is too large for standard pillowcases and too small for queen size pillowcases. It’s so fast you can make several in a day. By the end of the week, your whole family will have new custom pillowcases!  Feel free to sell pillowcases you make using this tutorial, but please give tutorial credit to Sew Practical when doing so. Thanks!
1 ½ yards each of two coordinating fabrics make two pillowcases.

1. Measure the length of your pillow seam to seam. Mine is 31” long.

2. Measure the width of your pillow seam to seam. Mine is 19” wide.
3. Double the width and add ONE inch for ¼” seam allowance and to accommodate for some shrinkage. Mine is now 39” wide. If you want a looser pillowcase, add TWO inches.

4. Cut the new width (will now be referred to as the longest side) by the short side from one piece of fabric. Mine is 31” by 39”

5. For the pillowcase overhang, cut a SEVEN inch by the longest side from the second piece of fabric. Mine is 7” x 39”.

6. Fold the overhang section in half with wrong sides together so it measures 3 ½” x the longest side. Mine is 3 ½” x 39”.
7. Sew the raw edges to the longest side using ¼” seam allowance. Zigzag the edges. Your original length has now increased by 3 ¼”. Mine now measures 34 ¼”.
8. Fold the whole piece in half with right sides together so the overhang ends are touching. Mine measures 19 ½” x 34 ¼”.

9. Sew the raw edges together using ¼” seam allowance. Zigzag the edges.
10. Wash pillowcase, insert pillow and enjoy.

Have a nice day!

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