Before I start let me just warn you not to expect too much…..this is my first tutorial and I’m no expert (at all)! Just thought I’d give it a go ’cause someone out there may find it useful.
Pillow case size: 30″ x 20″ / 75cm x 50cm (based on UK sizes)
Front: Fabric scraps – 96 x 3″ squares
Batting and backing fabric – roughly 32″ x 22″ each
Back: Fabric – 30.5″ x 20.5″
Flap: 9″ x 20.5
Additional fabric strips for binding.
I chose to make the pillow case from my daughter’s old clothes (and a few other bits of her favourite scraps). I have been
hoarding keeping these for an eternity, well actually about four years, but it seems like a seriously long time! For some reason a couple of weeks ago the urged grabbed me to actually make something with them. Happily this was coupled with motivation which helps!
Piecing the Front
Gather together a good selection of old fabrics – clothes, sheets, scraps. Sort and iron the fabrics then cut into 96 x 3″ squares.
Lay them out into 12 columns x 8 rows and arrange then rearrange as you like. TAKE A PHOTO! (I didn’t do this because I was in a sewing frenzy, I realised my mistake soon after!).
Chain stitch the squares – pairs first.
Lay out the pairs as originally arranged (this is why the photo helps). Then chain stitch pairs column by column.
Press the seams of column 1 upwards. Then press the seams of column 2 downwards. Press the rest of the seams continuing to alternate between columns.
Pin and stitch columns together. Take care to match up the seams . If you wiggle them about a bit you should feel them move in to place and butt up against each other.
You should end up with a pillow case top like this:
Once you have your top it’s time to quilt it.
Cut backing fabric and the batting. Make sure these are a couple of inches bigger than the top…. you can cut it down afterwards.
Sandwich the batting between the top and backing (not back) fabric. Baste. Quilt however you prefer. I went for straight line quilting close to the seams.
Trim off excess batting.
Back and envelope closure
Cut back fabric and fabric for envelope closure. Bind envelope fabric on one side with contrasting fabric, see…….
Now, you have two options here:
1. Stitch flap to front with 1/4″ hem. Trim back fabric to 30″ and add binding.
2. Stitch flap to back fabric with 1/4″ hem. (If you don’t want a contrasting fabric here you can always cut a longer piece of back fabric and just fold the end over). Bind outer edge of front.
Place the pillow top and back fabric right sides together and stitch. Zigzag stitch around seams.
Trim corners. Turn right side out and you should have a lovely new pillowcase!
This has been a major hit with my daughter … usually she has to say she doesn’t like something before she concedes and admits that actually she really quite does. This time we skipped right past that part and jumped straight to the ‘I love it!’ Well worth the make.
Linking up with TGIFF at Cherry Valley Designs.