By: Mariette Wingeier
Making pillowcases out of decorative fabrics is actually quite easy. You will find that this is a great project for beginners, as well as someone that has been sewing for quite a while. You will need a yard of fabric per pillowcase, and you if you want, when you are having your fabric measured and cut to purchase, you can ask them to cut the yardage in one yard increments. This will save you work when you get home, and most fabric stores are happy to do this for you. You will also need a serger, sewing machine, and thread that matches the fabric that you purchased. These instructions will make a pillowcase that will fit a queen or king size pillow. If you are wanting to make a pillowcase for a smaller pillow, you will need to cut your fabric accordingly.
1. Press Your Fabric
When you sew, you must press your fabric. This means dragging out the ironing board, and pressing your decorative fabric. Be careful not to stretch the fabric out of shape, and make sure that you are pressing and not ironing the fabric. Also, set your iron to the correct temp for the fabric that you purchased. You will not want to burn or scorch your fabric.
2. Cut Your Fabric
The next step for your pillowcases is to cut your decorative fabric. You will need a yard of fabric per pillowcase, if you had your fabric precut at the fabric store, you can skip this step, otherwise, you will need to measure out a yard, and cut it.
3. Fold Your Fabric
Next, you will want to fold your decorative fabric for your pillowcases in half. Selvage edge to selvage edge is the way that you should fold, and make sure the wrong side of the fabric is facing you. There is not any need to cut off the selvage edges, you can just chop them off with your serger as you sew that side together. But once you have folded your fabric in half, you might want to use a few pins. fabric is rather slippery, and you will find that you have more control over it if you pin it together. Make sure that you pin close to where you will want to serge, but not in the serging area. This will prevent you running over any pins and breaking your needle while you are sewing.
4. Serge the Selvage Edges of Your Fabric
Now you are ready to serge together the decorative fabric for your pillowcases. You will do this so that your serger will cut off the selvage edges, and your pins should guide you as where you will want to sew. Be sure that you sew straight so that you will not have a crooked pillowcase in the end.
5. Pin the Bottom
Next you will want to pin the bottom of the pillowcase together, so that you can serge the bottom of it closed. There are no selvage ends here to cut off while you sew, so you can determine where you would like to sew your line. Usually an inch from the raw edge is good.
6. Serge the Bottom Closed
Now you will go and serge the bottom of the fabric pillowcase closed. Be careful not to sew over pins as this will break your needle. Try to sew as straight as possible, and you will find that your pillowcase is coming together quite nicely.
7. Serge the Top
Now you will want to serge the raw edge at the top. Of course, you will not pin it closed, because you will need this end open to insert your pillow. Just take the fabric pillowcase to the serger, and serge the raw edges so that they will not unravel anymore.
8. Press A Cuff
Next you are going to take your pillowcase to the ironing board and press the top down so that you can sew a cuff onto it. This will look like a purchased fabric pillowcase once you are done, with a nice folded cuff and all. Usually about three inches is a good cuff length for a pillowcase. You will want to pin it down, so that the press will stay in, and you will know where you want to sew the cuff down at.
9. Sew the Cuff Down
Next you are ready to thread your sewing machine with the thread that matches your decorative fabrics. This stitch will be seen on the outside of the pillowcase, so you want to be sure that the thread matches or blends nicely. Carefully sew the cuff down on your machine, and try to sew as straight as possible. You will find that this seam is seen from the right side, and you want to make sure it looks nice.
10. Turn Right Side Out
Next you can turn your pillowcases right side out and insert a pillow because you are done. Be sure that you poke out the corners from the inside, and you will find that your pillow will fit inside of the case quite nicely.
Making pillowcases out of decorative fabrics is a lot of fun. If you love to sew, you should make a pillowcase or two for yourself or someone else. You will find that these make great wedding gifts, and you can give them to anyone for any special occasion. If you are giving them as a wedding gift, you can use white fabric, and embroider the names of the bride and groom as well as the date that they are getting married. Anyone that receives one as a gift will love it and cherish it for years to come.
About The Author:
Mariette is an independent manufacturer of sewing products in her local community. She is also a freelance writer for numerous of quilting and sewing pattern books. Visit http://www.joannesway.com to learn more about contemporary fabrics and other innovative creations.
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