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):
- Cut your fabric
- Trim fabrics
- Press correct pieces in half (2 of the 3)
- Layer pieces in correct order to create tube
- Sew with desired finishing technique
- 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:
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).
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:
Step 4A: When layering it goes in the order below (see pics):
- Plain part of the Cuff
- Main fabric
- Main fabric
- HST part of the Cuff
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.
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:
Here are more finished pics of my two pillowcases:
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!!!