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Bella Sophia

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pillow.......cases

Before I begin today......
I have to share something with you.  When we came home from holidays the young girl that collects our mail handed us this.....................


and it was for Misty.  One of her friends sent her a get well card.  Wasn't that really, really nice of her? 


Misty wants to say a huge thank you for being so thoughtful.  She also wants to say she is right back to normal.............being a little girl that loves to have fun.  Misty's Mom blanked out the personal message cause it was written just for her.  Thank you friend.



When I was little, my Mother always called those things you put on your pillows, pillowslips.  You slipped it on using your chin to hold the pillow while you put it on.  I have a few in my closet that definitely need replacing.  They are -- shall we say -- a titch thin?

When we were in Denmark many years ago Karl's Mom had pillowcases on all her pillows.  I vowed someday I was going to make them.  I like them so much better than what we purchase in our local stores.  Well, the day arrived!!

We hate buying pillows.  Doesn't matter which one we purchase it doesn't suit us when we lay on the bed.  They are either too soft or too hard.  This is one that was so hard you slept with your head up in the air.  It just didn't give.  The only thing it was good for was propping yourself up in bed to read. 

This is it.  Its nickname is...............the bullet

The pillowcase takes one metre of fabric.  That's all.  And it is so easy to make, I whipped one of them up in less than an hour, taking photos while I did it.

Here is the tutorial.

Pillows now come in standard, queen and king.  This tutorial is for standard sizes.  If you have larger, measure the length and the width of your pillowslips omiting the cuff on the end.  Once you have the measurement add 1/2" to each side.  i.e.  length is 26 inches................cut 26 1/2"
                                                              width is 20 inches..................cut 20 1/2"
For the standard size I cut 19 1/2" x 26 1/2".

I have used two different pieces of fabric for demonstration so you can see the cuff easily.  You can get the entire pillowcase from one metre of fabric.  Cut the cuff 19 1/2" x 12".

Fold the cuff in half wrong sides together and press.


Pin the folded cuff to one piece of the main body of the pillowcase along the shortest side.  Right side facing you.


Lay the other main pillow case fabric right sides together and pin three sides.  DO NOT PIN THE EDGE WHERE THE CUFF IS.

Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance and then zig-zag the edge or serge.

Run a basting stitch 1/4" from the edge on the open side, including the cuff side.


Fold over that 1/4" and press, then fold over 1/4" again and stitch in place.


Turn the pillowcase right side out.


Slide the pillow into the case

and then



Fold the cuff over the end of the pillow.  Voila!  You're finished.

This is the first one I made.  Now they are in the trailer and ready for a good afternoon of reading up on the bed.


Tomorrow.....................free tutorial on how to fold and store pillowcases...............

by Maya Angelou

"Sometimes a small thing you do can mean everything in another person's life. When you learn, teach. When you get, give."

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