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!