Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pillowcases for Craft Hope

Craft Hope Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

I made pillowcases today for Craft Hope's Project #9 Conkerr Cancer. It makes me feel so good to contribute and hopefully make a bright spot in a sick child's day. Heart wrenching. It's one of those causes that I needed to take a deep breath to read about. It was nice, though, to talk to my kids about sick children and what we can do to hopefully cheer them up. It was nice to go to the fabric store for the sole purpose of picking fabric for this project. Nothing else! This was our mission!

****Please note: They are no longer accepting pillowcases for this cause, but I'm posting this tutorial just for anyone who wants to make easy pillowcases in general :-)****

I've turned this into a little tutorial, because I'd never made pillow cases before and frankly, the instructions were a little vague and maybe intimidating. So, I searched for a couple different methods and made this little compilation gathered mainly from the pattern on Craft Hope and this video. Click any image if you need a bigger view.

I find this cutting mat and rotary cutter useful in straight, precise cuts of fabric.

You'll need 3/4 yd of main fabric and 1/3 yd for the cuff

After you've washed and pressed your fabric, cut it to the correct measurements;

26 1/2 x 40 1/2 for the main fabric
10 1/2 x 40 1/2 for the decorative cuff

lay them out, right sides together with the cuff fabric on the bottom, and pin raw edges on the longest side:

Next, you're going to start rolling the other edge of the main fabric in towards the pinned edges. I pinned the left edge, so I'm rolling the right side edge over.

You'll start revealing the cuff fabric underneath and you'll then wrap that over the rolled fabric and pin along the raw edge.

A peek at it all rolled up and pinned along that left side edge.

Sew that long, raw edge with 1/4" seam. The rolled up main fabric is enclosed within.

Then, turn it right side out! It's magic, I say it! You'll end up with the pillow body with a beautiful, SEAMLESS, cuff!

Press for a nice crisp cuff.

Next, fold it back with right sides together again and pin. Starting at the cuff side, sew the remaining two sides. I used an over-lock stitch so the raw edge wouldn't fray. You could also surge it or do a zig zag stitch. Turn right side out and press.....you've got yourself a pillowcase!

And there you have it! Is it clear as mud? I hope that if you want to try your hand at pillowcases and you've never done one before, that this tutorial will help. It's really simple and lends itself to assembly line construction quite well....I made three more in a row right after I took all the pictures of the first one.

If you'd like to read more about the Conkerr Cancer cause, visit Craft Hope. Have your sewing machine at the ready....I know you'll want to do this!

Craft Hope Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

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  1. Turned out nice. I've got pillowcases on the agenda for tomorrow...

  2. Well.... I'm still doubtful mine will turn out, but I have a 50% of coupon and plan to buy more fabric and try again. Maybe 3 times is the charm? I'm only aiming to make 1 but will get enough fabric for 2, allowing for another "ooops, that did not turn out so well."

    Great job on the pillowcases and thanks for the tutorial!

  3. my girls and I just went through my stash to find some fabric to make pillowcases for this-thanks for your tutorial-i'm going to try this with them-seems very easy

  4. This is such a great cause and I think your pillowcase turned out fantastic. I love Craft Hope an dmeeting fellow craftivists! :)

  5. I used the "hot dog" technique to make pillowcases for Craft Hope too!

  6. Love the pillowcases! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!


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