My last minute gift sewing continues. Next up on the sewing table are fun pillow cases for the nieces and nephews. This is a very quick project. I can make several pillow cases a night.
- 1 to 1 ¼ yd of cotton fabric in the kid’s favorite color or theme. I made 4 so far: 2 with kitties, 1 owl, 1 Batman.
You need 1 yd if it’s a solid, non-directional prints or prints that run along the bolt.
You need 1 ¼ if the print goes from selvage to selvage. I’m looking at you JoAnn’s Snuggle Flannel Fabric.
- 1 yd ribbon, trim or in my case fold over elastic (FOE) cuz I have oodles of it.
Making the “pattern”
To figure out the pattern, I did some sleuthing around the house. I measured some pillow cases from the bed and found that the finished size was 20” high and 26-30” wide. I wasn’t sure if kids had smaller pillows so I looked up pillow cases on Target.com and Amazon.com. There was no difference so I proceeded with 20” x 30”. I wasn’t all that worried about being exact since the kids can’t tell and pillows have a squish factor so fit shouldn’t be a problem. I cut a rectangle roughly 41” by 35 ½”.
Pillow Case Hem
Press under a seam allowance of 3/8”-1/2” at what will be the opening of the pillow case. Press under 4 ½” for what I would call the pillow case “hem”. Lastly, I pressed a crease to mark the edge of the hem so I can tell where it is from the right side of the fabric.
To attach the fold over elastic I laid it on the right side of the pillow using the crease mark as a guide. Make sure that the FOE is over the pillow case hem so that when you attached the FOE you’re also sewing the hem shut also. I stitched down the middle of the FOE using the fold as a guide. Then I went back and stitched along both edges of the FOE. I used contrasting thread for the top, and matching thread on the underside/bobbin.
Fold the fabric in half with wrong sides together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Stitch the two open sides of the pillow case closed.
These pillow cases helped me check off several names off my gift list in no time. If you give these pillow cases a try, let me know how they turn out.