Pillow Case Tutorial with French Seams
I have been having sew much fun!
Playing with scraps, my Aunt Elna and I have been sewing up doll quilts and matching pillows.
|Scrappy Medallion doll quilt and matching Pillow Case|
For the pillow, you will need one piece of fabric 8.5″ x 8.5″
Fold this in half with right sides together.
Using a 1/4″ seam, stitch around the raw edges, leaving an opening for stuffing.
Trim the corners to reduce bulk.
Turn right side out, through the opening.
Use a blunt ended instrument to carefully poke the corners into nice sharp points.
Stuff the pillow with polyester batting.
Fold in the raw edges of the opening.
Pin the seam closed.
Top stitch the opening closed and backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
For the pillow case, you will need a 10.5″ x 7″ piece for the main portion of the case, a 10.5″ x 6″ piece for the cuff, and a 10.5″ x 1.5″ piece for the trim.
Press the trim fabric in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, as you would for making binding.
Lay the cuff fabric, face up.
Then place the main fabric face up.
Place the trim fabric on top, with all the raw edges alined at the top.
Sew a scant 1/4″ seam.
Trim the side edges even.
Roll up the main fabric, as shown.
Fold up the edge of the cuff fabric and line up the raw edge with the edge you just sewed.
Pin in place.
Sew a 1/4″ seam.
Carefully pull the rolled up main fabric out of the tube and turn the whole thing with right sides out.
Press the cuff flat.
Fold with wrong sides together.
Carefully line up the top of the cuff and the trim to match.
Pin in place.
Sew a scant 1/4″ seam along the raw edges, backstitching at each end.
Trim the raw edges to 1/8″ and trim the corners to reduce bulk.
Turn the pillowcase inside out.
Press the seamed sides.
Sew a 1/4″ seam backstitching at both ends.
Turn the pillow case back right side out.
Press the seams.
Place the pillow into the case.
This photo shows the seam, made using this french seam method, and all raw edges are enclosed.
No stray threads!
Hope you enjoy playing with some scraps and make some cute little pillows, too!
Hi! These are so cute and 'springish'! I love the colours and the quilting is Super! Thanks for the tutorial for the french seam! I have 2 etsy Shops: http://www.etsy.com/shop/trikimia and http://www.etsy.com/shop/tejesarita Welcome! x Teje
Your pillow cases and quilts are just the sweetest little things! A little girl would love them! Thanks for the tutorial.
Very, very cute. If only I didn't keep producing BOYS! UGH. lol
Super cute. I really love the effect that zig zag quilting gives.
Super cute! I love the quilting on that doll quilt. And I had no idea how to make these pillow cases! Thanks for the tutorial!
Beautiful work Lorna! Love the doll accessories and the honeycomb tutorial is fantastic – so pretty.
That is a really good explanation of how to do it. I too have looked at crazy mum quilts, zig zag quilting. It looks amazing on this. She uses it on big quilts but it is so intensely stitched I think I would run out of steam half way through. I should try it on a cushion cover maybe
Great tutorial on the hot dog style pillow case. You getting fancy schmancy with the french seams. Used to to that with seams when making clothes. The doll quilt is so cute too. Do you quilt using a decorative stitch. Love it!
I love the idea of having a pillowcase to go with a doll quilt – thank you for the great tutorial! I do love the zig-zag quilting. Looks fantastic!
I adore your zigzag…..great idea. And the pillowcase as well.
Fabulous job Lorna! I love the quilting it is fabulous!!! Thank you for the inspiration. Have a great weekend. Marie xxx (email@example.com)
I use french seams on all the tote bags in my Etsy shop, too. Love them to death! A finished seam just makes me smile. 🙂 I'd love to have you visit my little shop! http://craftytokyomama.etsy.com Keep up the great work blogging. I really enjoy all your posts!
Thank you for the tutorial, I didn't have a clue how to do this. I will be making some. The matching quilt is a must.
Thank you for the tutorial. This is going to make the perfect weekend project for my daughter. Your mini quilt turned out wonderful. I need to try a zigzag on my next quilt. I love the colors in it and it reminds me of spring.
That is one amazing tiny quilt. I would have never thought to zigzag quilt it like that it looks so amazing.Richard and Tanya QuiltsRichard and Tanya Quilts Patterns on Craftsy
Great use of scraps! I love how bright it is, and the quilting is very effective. Thanks for linking up!
Thanks for sharing. I like the quilting especially 🙂
Aha! That looks easy. Maybe I'll redo the cases I made on my doll sets to give this a try : )
nice zigzag quilting on that doll quilt…love the colours also
This is so totally adorable! Great tut. I just discovered the zig-zag quilting with my Ellie. Thanks!!
These dolls quilts are so very adorable!! I love the zig-zag quilting. Thank you so much for the tutorial :)-Soma
Wonderful tutorial! I am going to make my daughter one.
That is so sweet! Fabulous colors and a great tutorial.
How cute is this?! I LOVE the zigzag quilting – have to keep that in mind for a future project. 🙂
Well this is just super sweet! Thanks so much!
I really like the quilting you've done on the quilt above. The zig-zags make a beautiful back pattern.
Such a colourful quilt!! If that doesn't bring the warmth of Spring to your li'l corner of the world, I don't know what will!! Love the quilting pattern!!
what a wonderful colourful little quilt. Great little tutorial, too
OH WHAT FUN!! This is sooo cute! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! It's great!
Lovely colours and very cute!
How cute Lorna and the texture is so neat! My granddaughter is hoping for an American doll….thanks for the tutorials too! Thanks for sharing.Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday
The doll quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for providing such a clear and informative tutorial.
cute little pillow, and great instructions Lorna! and yes, I love the texture that quilting gives!Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Love the quilting on your doll quilt and the little matching pillow and case is a great touch!
This is so darn cute – and the quilting on it is divine!
Very pretty. My grand daughter would love this.