Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

September 26, 2013 in Projects

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Follow this simple tutorial to make a cute trimmed pillowcase!

Supplies:

  • One yard of fabric (if you are a beginner, I wouldn’t recommend anything stretchy)
  • 45″ of 1.5″ wide ribbon (grosgrain or satin recommended; no wire)
  • Multi-purpose thread
  • And your Baby Lock sewing machine. 😀

Instructions:

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Leave your fabric on the fold as it came off the bolt (iron if necessary, or if your selvages are really uneven, re-fold and iron). Trim down the ends to make them straight (or right at a yard). Cut your selvage off (or at 21.5″ on the fold).

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Then, cut 9″ over (with fabric still folded) for your band.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

9″ x 21.5″ on the fold band and 27″ x 21.5″ on the fold pillowcase body shown below…

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Now, open up the body of the pillowcase.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Working with the top edge of the body (note: if you have a pattern on your fabric that only goes in one direction, make sure to work with which way you would like your pattern/pictures to lay). Pin your ribbon even along the top edge.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Then, with your needle in the center, stitch your ribbon on (you may use a 2.5 mm stitch length, but, I typically use a 4 or 5 stitch length just for this stitchline). No need to backstitch because the stitch is really just to hold your ribbon in place. Note: Satin ribbon slips a little, so, take your time.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Place your band right on top of where you just sewed (sandwiching the ribbon). Pin along the top edge again (make sure you’ve placed the band correctly if you have a one-way pattern, so that when it flips up, it’s all going in one direction). Now, move your needle back to the left and to 2.5 mm and stitch your band to the body with a 1/2″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Iron your band up, ribbon down, seam allowance underneath should be up.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Now, fold in half, pretty sides together. Match up your seams/ribbon. Pin at seam first. Then, pin that entire side and the bottom edge of the pillowcase. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance down the side and across the bottom.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Finish your side and lower seams (don’t worry about the top opening of the pillowcase). I just used pinking sheers to avoid frays, but, you can use a serger or a sewing machine overcasting stitch.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

It’s hard to tell in the picture below, but, place the mouth of the pillowcase around an ironing board and iron a 1/2″down at the top.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

You’ll see 2 stitch lines and you’ll want to iron your band in half just covering the lower stitchline (which, covers both stitchlines).This is very important to cover that lower stitchline to help with stitching the band down in the next step.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Band ironed…

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

Turn your pillowcase right side out and stick some pins around the top edge ensuring that the band is laying flat. Topstitch 1/4″ over from the seam onto the band. When I topstitch, I like to use a 3.0 stitch length; I like the look of it. Note: The seam might be a little thick when sewing over, so you might need to slightly help it over the seam.

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

And, as long as the backside of the band catches…you’re done! 😀

Totally Stitchin': Trimmed Pillowcase Tutorial

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