Magic Pillowcase Tutorial

My lovely and adventurous niece is leaving home for the first time for a 10 month long discipleship program in Ontario, Canada. Being from the Pacific Northwest we are used to chilly weather but this girl needs a pile of blankets and fuzzy slippers even in a heat wave. So, as the ever protective Auntie, I decided she not only needed something to keep her warm at night in Ontario’s sub zero winters but a little piece of home to make her heart feel warm. So I enlisted the help of a snazzy little tutorial known as the Magic Pillowcase. Magic, you say? Bah! But just wait till you try it, it really is a magical process.IMG_20151001_094929 (2)

For one pillow case you will need
3/4 yard Main fabric
1/4 yard coordinating fabric for the cuff
2 inch strip of ribbon/solid fabric/trim for the accent

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Cut all of your fabrics then trim off any selvage or rough edges all three pieces are of equal size. I stacked mine on top of eachother and simply cut off the excess.

Next take your cuff piece and accent piece. Fold them in half wrong sides together and press. You will end up with a 1 inch strip of accent fabric and a 4.5 inch strip of cuff fabric.

Unfold your cuff fabric right side up. Layer the main fabric on top followed by the folded 1 inch accent fabric.
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Align the raw edges of all three pieces.pillowcase 12

This next part is where the magic begins. Begin by rolling up the main fabric to the halfway point of your cuff fabric (you can use the pressed fold as a guide for this)pillowcase 9

Now bring the cuff fabric that is visable below the main fabric and bring it up over the other fabrics, matching up the raw edges and creating a tube. pillowcase 8

Pin along the raw edgepillowcase 7

Using a 1/4 seam, stitch along the edge. If you are using flannel a walking foot is very helpful to get through the layers without shifting. pillowcase 6

You will end up with a nice little tube of fabric.
Next begin pulling the main fabric out from the tube. Abracadabra! Your main fabric, cuff and accent fabric are magically sew together!pillowcase 5pillowcase 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fold your fabric like a pillowcase right sides together and trim off any uneven edges.
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I used a french seam to make the seams a little stronger for frequent washing (at least I hope my niece will wash it frequently!) Β To do this turn your case right side out and pin along the open side and bottom. Sew a scant 1/4 seam around the two raw edges. Turn inside out and press. Then sew a 1/4 seam around the side and bottom to enclose the raw edges and finish the pillowcase.Turn it again right sides out.
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Tada! You have yourself a lovely little pillowcase in no time at all. These are so much fun to make and my kids absolutely love them especially the ones we made for Christmas. IMG_20151001_094948IMG_20151001_094334

Happy sewing,

Heidi

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