Free Decorative Pillowcase Tutorial

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Whether you wish to participate in the American Patchwork and Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge (http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/) or make an awesome gift for someone special, here is my free pattern and a easy to follow tutorial with 23 photos.  Instructions included for travel pillow.

Fabric Requirements

Main fabric – 1 yard
Outside border – 1/3 yard
Trim – 1/4 yard
Standard size pillow case
Thread

Instructions

Abbreviations used:
Width of Fabric (WOF)
Right Sides Together (RST)
Wrong Sides Together (WST)

Cutting instructions:
Pillow case body, cut 27” X WOF
Outside border, cut 9”–10” x WOF
Trim, cut 2½” x WOF

Seams are ¼” used unless otherwise indicated.

Lay outside border flat on ironing board.

Lay outside border flat on ironing board, right side up.

Lay main fabric on top of border then place trim on top of main fabric. Note: trim should be folded in half and pressed.

Lay main fabric on top of border. Fold trim in half WST and press, then place on top of main fabric.

Pin three fabrics on left edge and across top.  Note: Right selvages will probably not be the same length.

Pin three fabrics on left edge and across top. Note: Right selvages will probably not be the same length.

Roll main fabric up so it is centered between trim, above main fabric, and bottom edge of border is below main fabric.

Roll main fabric up so it is centered between trim and bottom edge of border.

Pin five layers together: border, trim, trim, main fabric, border.

Fold bottom edge of border along top edge and pin all layers together.

Stitch through all layers using ¼”.

Stitch through all layers. Note: a walking foot helps when stitching through this thickness.

Starting from left end, turn right side out.

Turn right side out.

Keep turning right side out.

Keep turning right side out.

After it is turn right side out, unroll main fabric.

After it is turn right side out, unroll main fabric.

Now it is time to press the border and trim.

Now it is time to press the border and trim.

Your pillowcase should look like this.

Your pillowcase should look like this.

For the next seam, you will fold and match pillowcase according to photo. Before stitching, cut off selvage.

Before stitching, cut off selvage.  For the next seam, you will fold and match seams according to photo.

Remove selvage from each side.

Remove selvage from each side.

Square bottom and cut edge even.

Square bottom and cut edge even.

If you have a serger, you may proceed and stitch right sides together but the following directions will be using a French seam.

Start at top and pin WST.

Start at top and pin WST matching trim and border seams.

TIP: Using a walking foot when stitching multiple layers will help fabric from shifting.

Stitch using 3/16” seam (between ⅛” - ¼”).

Stitch using less than ¼” seam.

Stitch across sides and bottom.  Press.

Stitch across side and bottom. Press.

Turn RST.

Turn RST.

Turn RST.  Press.  Match seams and pin.

With RST, press, match seams and pin.

Stitch using ¼” seam.

Stitch using a bit more than ¼” seam. Do not trim corner before turning.

Details of corner stitching.

Details of corner stitching.  Turn and press.

Congratulations upon completing an awesome and decorative pillowcase!

Travel size decorative pillow.

Travel size decorative pillow.

To create a travel size decorative pillow, use above directions with the following measurements:

Decorative Travel Pillow

Fabric Requirements

Main fabric – 1/2 yard (1 yard for directional fabric)
Outside border – 1/3 yard
Trim – 1/4 yard
Travel size pillow form (12” x 16”) available at Joann’s or Bed, Bath and Beyond
Thread

Cutting Instructions

Cut three pieces of fabric:
Outside border, cut 8” x 25”-26”*
Trim, cut 2½” x 25”-26”*
Pillow case body, cut 15”-17” x 25”-26”*

*Note: Adjust the length (25-26”) to make the pillowcase tighter or looser or if your pillow is fluffier/flatter.

Follow the instructions above for making your pillowcase.

Acknowledgement: Special thanks to Mary Ellen Futch for demonstrating and serving as usability test.  You would enjoy her blog: http://mefutch.wordpress.com

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3 thoughts on “Free Decorative Pillowcase Tutorial

  1. Quiltmouse says:

    Pretty Pillowcase for a sweet young lady!

  2. […] At my Spring 2014 Quilt Retreat, Mary Ellen made a travel pillowcase to match her quilt.  For a Tutorial to make this pillowcase which appeared on my Blog – Click Here. […]

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