If you’ve never made one of these before, believe it or not, this is a pillowcase ! :)
While the grands will each have a few other little gifts from me, I thought that a pillowcase would be a fun addition. If you have to make five of them, you just don’t run out and buy fabric that strikes your fancy. You wait until Black Friday fabric sales or end-of-season clearance sales online and then pick from there :)
Two boy pillowcases :
Some girl ones pressed and ready to sew:
Basically you cut 3 pieces :
- Body : 27 x 45 ( 3/4 yard )
- Cuff: 9 x 45 ( 1/4 yard )
- Trim : 2 x 45
Press the Cuff and Trim in Half.
- Lay the Cuff down first…opened back up, right side up.
- Lay the Body, right side up, on top of that.
- Lay the Trim on top of those two. ( this stays folded in half )
Now you roll the Body up… until you get it a bit over the Cuff on the bottom.
Next, take the cuff and bring it up and over and pin it to the top…if you look at the picture above, I had the three pinned together at the top there, already. Then I brought that bottom of the cuff up and re-pinned.
Once that is done, sew 1/4 inch from the top, and now there is a finished tube….reach in and start to pull out, and tada! Out comes a pillowcase top.
What remains is to fold that in half, sew up the sides and bottom…careful to match that trim area…and the girl’s ones are done as well as the boys. ( I did those seams in a zig zag stitch, then trimmed with pinking shears to minimalize fraying. )
I do not know who originally invented this ingenious method, nor how long it has been around. I know that there are several tutorials in video on the web …I used this one from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I will say this : these are very long and generous pillowcases. I don’t think that the nine inches for the cuff could be shorter but the 45 inches could be shortened a bit if needed. That’s just my opinion after making these. And what do I know, lol :) Many of you may have made these tube pillowcases already…in regards to my first time I have to say that it was fun and as long as I can pick up my fabrics on sale I think that I’d like to continue the tradition…either by making them each one at Christmas or perhaps as future birthday gifts.
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