One of the many things we love about Christmas is having family from interstate come to stay with us. We love to create a welcoming guest room. This year we freshened up the guest bed with some pretty new pillowcases. They are so easy to run up and were a great way to use some of the pretty florals and polka dot fabrics from the Vintage Modern range we had in our stash.
The Pillowcase is white with a contrasting double thickness cuff on the front, and an internal flap to hide the pillow from view. You can mix and match your favourite prints to make a colourful range of bed linen. It is a nice way to jazz up your bedroom, and they would make a lovely Christmas gift - for friends and family, young and old.
Finished Pillowcase Size: 28 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches (This is sized to fit a standard Australian pillow. Check your pillow size if you live elsewhere and adjust accordingly).
- Pillowcase Front: 19 x 23 inches (white homespun)
- Pillowcase Cuff: 19 x 13 inches (floral); and 19 x 2 1/2 inches (polka dot)
- Pillowcase Back: 19 x 35 1/2 inches (polka dot)
1. Press both fabrics for the pillowcase cuff in half lengthwise, with wrong sides facing. Place the folded dot strip, on top of the folded floral strip, with the raw edges aligned. Baste together.
2. Lay out the pillowcase front with right side facing upwards. Place the cuff on a short edge, so that the right sides are facing and the raw edges are aligned. Pin in place. Stitch the cuff to the pillowcase front. Overlock (serge) the raw edges.
3. Press the cuff. Topstitch 1/8 inch from seam.
4. Take the pillowcase back panel. To create a hem, fold over 1/2 inch along a short edge. Press. Fold up another 1/2 inch. Press. Stitch in place.
5. Lay the pillowcase front on top of the pillowcase back with the right sides facing, and the short, unfinished edges aligned. Pin in place. To create the flap, fold the hemmed edge of the pillowcase back, back over the cuff. Pin in place. Stitch along the two long sides and the short edge. Overlook raw edges. Turn pillowcase out the right way, and press.
I remember when my teens were in primary school. One summer holidays, I took them to a fabric store to pick out three fabrics each for a pillowcase to match their bedrooms. It was a great first sewing project for them, with lots of straight seams.They were so proud to use their new pillowcase that night.
Thanks to our sponsor, XO Gigi Fabrics for supplying the fabric for this project.
If you enjoyed this project, check out our tutorial for a Santa Sack - it is made from a pillowcase with a handy drawstring feature, so it can double as a Santa Sack for those difficult to wrap presents.
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