Dressed Up PillowCases Tutorial

2 cases

Like many dinners I cook, this tutorial started with leftovers. When making my #swoon2013 quilt I had a ton of leftover HST – they are left from the trimming process and I just couldn’t bring myself to throw them out. I made 25 blocks which left me with more 2.5″ HST than I cared to count. One of the project I knew I wanted to make with them was matching pillowcases. There are so many incredible pillowcase tutorials already on the web i figured why re-invent the wheel. My tutorial of choice is the one by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

There are eight basic steps(see video below for details):

  1. Cut your fabric
  2. Trim fabrics
  3. Press correct pieces in half (2 of the 3)
  4. Layer pieces in correct order to create tube
  5. Sew
  6. Turn
  7. Sew with desired finishing technique
  8. Final press

Refer to video below (I don’t want to take away from their video – I only wish to enhance it with the following additional steps:

New Step 1A:  Utilizing HST (or block of choice) sewed in a row  – as long as the width of fabric. Basically, we will be replacing the “cuff” in the video eventually (so 9″ x width of fabric). After you sew HST together you only have 2.5″ x WOF so you have to add 7.5″ of another fabric to it – your choice. You can see I added white:

tutorial 1
From here on out this piece becomes the “cuff”

Step 2A: When trimming the fabrics pay close attention to the points of the HST. Try to line the rulers up 1/4″ away from the point (see pic).

14 inch

I am a bit of expert on step 4. There is an old saying – Practice makes Perfect. I much prefer Mistakes Makes Perfection! My first pillowcase was layered wrong and produced this:

minor error
See the cuff…it is on the inside of the pillowcase…ugh! Its still usable just not right!

Step 4A: When layering it goes in the order below (see pics):

  • Plain part of the Cuff
  • Main fabric
  • Piping
  • Main fabric
  • HST part of the Cuff
good layering step 2
The left picture is before the HST is folded over and it is pinned.

Step 5A: When sewing the tube shut be sure to sew on the X the HST creates (see pic below) so that you don’t lob off the point of the HST.

stitching cross
The pink arrows are pointing right to the X s

Those are my “dress ups” to a very simple tutorial. Oh and here’s the tutorial so that you don’t have to go anywhere else for that:

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Here are more finished pics of my two pillowcases:

finished cases

I hope you enjoy this!

The video speaks of multiple ways to finish the bottom and side seams. I chose to use pinking shears on one and to do french seams on the other. The only reason I did either was because I have a broken needle in my serger. So….question….can I use a regular sewing machine needle in my serger? I really need to know because….french seam?!?! NO!!!

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8 Comment

  1. Superb idea thanks for the inspiration. I must admit I’m also trying to see more of that quilt with Sew Cherry in it – I love that line.

    1. I can’t remember which lines are which anymore. I’d be happy to take more pics for you if you wish. I will look that line up and then do that for you after my surgery this weekend. Its a minor “female” surgery so I should be back to my old self by Tuesday and I will take care of that for you.

  2. Great adaptation of the tutorial and love that you are using up those scraps!

  3. These are beautiful! Thanks Rhonda!

  4. Looks great! Thanks for the tutorial!
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  5. Wonderful pillow cases. Love when you get two projects from one! Love the quilt in the first photo too!

  6. Ooh, great idea for using up those scraps which are just too pretty to throw away!

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