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


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.

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!)  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,


Quick & Easy Table Runner Tutorial

My date for the wedding.

My date for the wedding.

Last weekend my youngest son and I had the pleasure of attending my college roommate’s wedding reception. It was a gorgeous day, nestled at the foot of the Cascade mountains, at a family cabin on a river…. Are You getting the picture? A perfect Pacific Northwest affair.

I always prefer to make something for someone, rather than buy something. Homemade gifts are so special, especially when you know how much love and time went into making it. At least this is what I tell myself… My friends might get tired of it though!

I made this table runner in an afternoon, so it actually didn’t take that much time at all. But everything about it made me think of Kate.  It’s a simple yet classy design and only requires beginning sewing skills.

DIY Reversible Table Runner

Supplies needed:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 13″ x 42″
  • 1 piece of batting cut 13″ x 42″
  • 1 fat quarter for binding
  • Safety pins for basting
  • rotary cutter
  • quilting ruler




Step 1: Cut

Start by cutting your front and back fabrics (13 x 42). When selecting them remember this runner can totally be reversible. Don’t be afraid to select two different prints

Step 2: Baste

Lay the bottom fabric wrong side up on the floor or table top and tape in place. Place batting on top. And then sandwich with your top fabric, right side up. Smooth out each layer as you go. Use safety pins or straight pins to baste the three layers together, starting from the middle and working your way out every 3-4 inches. Then remove tape.

Step 3: Quilt!

Simple straight lined quilting

Simple straight lined quilting

There are no rules here, you can quilt any pattern you like, or just male simple straight lines like I did here. A walking foot for your sewing machine is very helpful but you can still do this with out one.

Step 4: Trim

Square up each side to make sure you have straight lines on each side. It’s ok if you have trim 1/4-1/2″. The finished size is just a suggestion (😜).

Step 5: Binding

Take your fat quarter (or any fabric) and cut 2″ strips. My finished size for the runner was 42 x 12 which is 108″ along all four sides. I add an extra 6-8″ for working on the end pieces. So I cut a total of 115″ of 2″ strips. Sew the strips together and iron in half, lengthwise. Use this long strip to bind the runner together as you would a quilt. If needed, checkout this awesome binding tutorial by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.

Step 6: You’re finished!

We now have a completely reversible, simple, and modern table runner to place on your own table… or give as a gift!

Finished Table Runner

Finished Table Runner

Now I’m ready to make one for each holiday too!

Happy Sewing,