PROJECT IDEA: SUPER QUICK TUBE PILLOW CASE

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.)

Image from Jennifer Keltner & Jill Mead from Quilts & More magazine

Image from Jennifer Keltner & Jill Mead from Quilts & More magazine

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.

This image is from Crafty Gemini on You Tube

This image is from Crafty Gemini on You Tube

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).

I chose to embroider her name on the accent strip or band on the pillow first. Then I pinned this band and the main fabric of the pillow case together as seen in the pics below.

I chose to embroider her name on the accent strip or band on the pillow first. Then I pinned this band and the main fabric of the pillow case together as seen in the pics below.

 

Lay the band section right side up on the working surface. Lay the main fabric of the pillow case right side DOWN on top of that & then roll this up to beyond the start of the band section.  Leave the roll a few inches from the top raw edge. Use Clover clips - I find these so much easier for this project.

Lay the band section right side up on the working surface. Lay the main fabric of the pillow case right side DOWN on top of that & then roll this up to beyond the start of the band section. Leave the roll a few inches from the top raw edge. Use Clover clips – I find these so much easier for this project.

 

Then fold up the other end of the band fabric so that it wraps up & over the roll of main fabric. Then lay the raw edge in line with the other band edge PLUS the piece of main fabric peeping out from the roll. Pin these 3 layers together with Clover clips. Serge the edge or sew with a JANOME sewing machine straight stitch if you do not have a serger.

Then fold up the other end of the band fabric so that it wraps up & over the roll of main fabric. Then lay the raw edge in line with the other band edge PLUS the piece of main fabric peeping out from the roll. Pin these 3 layers together with Clover clips. Serge the edge or sew with a JANOME sewing machine straight stitch if you do not have a serger.

 

Main fabric being pulled through & out of the tube

Main fabric being pulled through & out of the tube

 

Don't worry if the edges are not perfectly straight. This will be "fixed" when you sew the side and bottom seam of the pillow case

Don’t worry if the edges are not perfectly straight. This will be “fixed” when you sew the side and bottom seam of the pillow case

There are 2 options for sewing the seams:

  1. Use your JANOME SERGER  to very quickly and efficiently close the side and bottom of the pillow seam.
  2. 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.
And another completed pillow case - see the blog address for another tutorial

And another completed pillow case – see the blog address for another tutorial

About lizafrica

I work in the Education Dept at Janome & Elna, Canada and LOVE to sew. I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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One Response to PROJECT IDEA: SUPER QUICK TUBE PILLOW CASE

  1. Laura Catto says:

    My friend Debra has been making these pillowcases for a number of years and donates them all to the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver….

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