I am sure you may have already come across this project……I discovered it on You Tube quite some time ago. (Incidentally there are many different You Tube video’s on this same topic. I chose this one to link to as I have enjoyed the video’s from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company.)
I have used the technique quite a few times as it is SO quick & easy and gives really neat results. Pillow cases have become extremely popular as a charity sewing project and they are certainly a lovely & useful gift for children as well as adults. You can use up leftover fabric from other projects to whip up these pillow cases as well as personalize & embellish them with machine embroidery, decorative stitching, piping, lace, etc……so they are a great “canvas” for machine play time.
Now that my little one is sleeping in a “big girl” bed, I thought I would make her one with her name embroidered as part of her birthday gift. BTW – dolly got her own set of bed linen too from sheets, to mini pillowcase to minkee blankets. If you follow the above You Tube link (or any other video or tutorial online), it will give you the measurements for cutting the fabric required for this tube pillowcase. But here they are: cut 27 inches full width of fabric for main section; 9 inches WOF for band & 2 inches WOF for flat piping. The flat piping that is inserted in the seam of the main fabric & accent fabric (yellow in pic above) is, of course, optional. So as you can see, the pillow case takes just under 1m of fabric in total. You can use scraps for the band & flat piping (jelly roll left-overs would be perfect for the flat piping).
There are 2 options for sewing the seams:
- Use your JANOME SERGER to very quickly and efficiently close the side and bottom of the pillow seam.
- If you wish to have all raw edges tucked inside a seam, try sewing a FRENCH SEAM where the first seam is sewed with WRONG sides together, then is trimmed and pressed. Fold RIGHT sides together now & sew the seam a second time encasing the raw edge inside a wonderfully neatened seam. I usually sew the side seam first & then the bottom seam.