Tuesday, April 19, 2011

#42 - Tutorial: Pillowcases and "Funny Bunny" creation!

Good morning, everyone!

I thought I would share how to make pillowcases with you this morning.

You need:
3/4 yard of fabric for the body of the pillowcase
2" strip of coordinating fabric for the trim
10" of coordinating fabric for the accent

1. Begin by ironing your 2" trim strip in half, wrong sides together.

2. Lay the accent fabric on your work surface, right side up. 
3. Lay the 2" trim strip on top, matching the raw edges.
4. Lay the body fabric right side down, on top of the other two, matching the edges.  Pin across the raw edges.

5. Roll the body fabric UP towards the pins, until it's about 3" wide.

6. The accent fabric will now be "longer".  Bring it up over the body fabric, matching the raw edges and pin securely.

7. Sew along that edge with a 1/4" seam.

8. Pull the fabric out through one of the ends, hence the name "sausage."

9. Press the fabric.

Now, to create the French Seam to keep the raw edges encased.

10. Pin the WRONG sides together and sew a 1/4" seam down the side.  Stop and do another seam across the bottom.

11. Carefully trim off a wee bit, to take off any excess threads.

12. Turn the pillowcase INSIDE OUT and press the seams again. Then sew along the edge, creating your French Seam.  I use a 3/8" seam, to be sure my 1/4" seam is tucked inside.

13. Turn right side out and you are done!

If you don't have coordinating fabric, would prefer someone to put colors together for you to sew, stop by my eBay store... I have OODLES!  There is one in my Etsy store with a pink Awareness rose on it, ready to go out! (That's what's in the picture at the top!)

I had a bit of time for creating yesterday and make what I am terming a "funny bunny" for my youngest grandson for Easter. I took a pattern by Sara at The Split Stitch, enlarged it and cut it from rainbow fleecey fabric. I embroidered on some eyes, as it's for a wee one who puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, so no buttons eyes for that little bugger... and sewed it together. I have to admit, the heads a bit wonky, but...it's still snuggly!

My funny bunny!!

Hope everyone has a GREAT day!


  1. Loved this tutorial. I was wanting to make some pillowcases but needed a nudge! Thanks for providing the nudge.

  2. Not a problem at ALL! They really are pretty easy to make. Email me if you have any questions!
    carrie dot whittemore at gmail dot com