The last push to get ready for camp next week is going strong. I have a few girls who I am directly in charge of that I wanted to do something special for. I decided to make them pillowcases for their bunks at camp! Pillowcases are super easy to make and can add a lot of punch to a bedroom's decor and theme. So, here are some instructions for making them if you have never made a pillowcase before. When you just can't find the right sheets to go with a bedroom theme, making your own pillowcases along with some plain colored (and less expensive) sheets could be just the trick.
To begin, I used a pillowcase that I already had as my pattern. I laid it out with the bottom on the fold of the fabric. You may want to refold your fabric from vertical to horizontal to get the print in the direction you want it to lay on your pillow. Allow about 5/8" seam allowance on each side of the case. At the top where the opening is, you will want a deep pillowcase hem, so cut it about 5" longer than your pattern case.
Because a pillowcase will have pillows slid in and out of it many times, potentially causing fraying, I wanted to make the inside seams very well protected from fraying. I do not own a serger, so I gave my cases french seams like this:
Then, turn the case inside out and sew the side seam again about 1/4" wide. I always use my sewing machine foot as a guide. You can also feel through the fabric where the edge of the first part of the seam is so that you make sure you are sewing just wider than it. You want to catch the first seam inside of this second seam.
Now you are ready to finish the top edge of the pillow case. Since I was making a bunch of these for camp, I didn't use my iron. (Don't tell my mother!) But, just a warning, for nice crisp edges and points, it is important to use an iron whenever you do a sewing project. In this case, I just did a lot of finger pressing.
I started by turning down 1/4" of the top edge of the fabric and zig-zagged a small hem, once again, to get rid of the fraying. Then I measured a 4" hem and pinned it in place all around the top, like this:
(Remember to click on the pictures for directions!)
Now, here is the finished look! I hope the girls like them! These would make great gifts for nieces, nephews and grandkids, too. Let me know if you give it a try! I hope my directions were easy enough to follow. Ask me if you have any questions.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!