How To Make A Quilted Pillowcase (Like Mine)

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Actually, the band at the top is quilted. Not the whole pillowcase.

I figured why not share how I am making these so you can reduce your fabric stash. Maybe even use up some of the scrap pieces piling up.

Here are the supplies you will need.

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  • 3 main fabric pieces
  • scrap fabric for the band strips
  • cotton batting
  • thread
  • quilting grip gloves
  • sewing pins, quilting pins
  • cutting mat, rotary cutter, rulers
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • sewing feet (walking foot, free motion foot, 1/4″ foot)

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Go gather up a bunch of fabric pieces at least 5″ in length. I am using mostly 6″ or longer to allow for trimming. The widths can be different.

And you will need three main fabrics. One for the band which will be sewn to the “strips”. And two fabrics for the body. That is… if you make your pillowcase like I made mine. You will want to make strips for the band out of the main fabrics as well. To blend with the scrap pieces.

Fabric 1 Red polka dot (band) 1/2 yd
Fabric 2 Black and white small cow print (border) 1/2 yd
Fabric 3 Spaceships with blue background (body) 1 yd

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OK, ready to sew?

PILLOWCASE TOP BAND

Cut and sew fabric strips together to measure approximately 43″ in length. Mix up colors and patterns. Mix up light and dark. (Assume 1/4″ seams unless otherwise noted.)

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Press seams all in one direction.

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Trim band strip using the shortest piece as your guide.

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Using the fabric you selected for your band, cut one piece 9″ by length of your strip.

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Lay strip along the bottom (right sides together) and sew together. Press seam in direction of Fabric 1, Red polka dot.

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Fold in half, line up edges.

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Cut a piece of cotton batting the length of the fabric strip PLUS about an inch on both sides and along the bottom.

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The top of the batting will lay against the band fold. See photo.

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Pin the “quilt sandwich”. Put in enough pins to keep layers from shifting as you sew.

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Quilt the layers. I free motion quilted mine. Stippled. You can use whatever design you prefer. Trim off the excess batting.

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PILLOWCASE BODY-Horizontal

From Fabric 2 (Cow print), cut one 2 1/2″ strip the length of the band.
From Fabric 3 (Spaceships), cut one piece 25″ by length of the band.

Make a French Seam, sew Fabric 2 to the top of Fabric 3. Start with wrong sides together. If you don’t know how to make a French Seam, go here for instructions.

http://www.sewneau.com/how.to/french.seam.html

http://www.colettepatterns.com/blog/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-how-to-create-a-french-seam

Repeat. Make a French Seam, sew band to body. See photo.

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PILLOWCASE-Side and Bottom

To connect the sides, line up pillowcase sides, trim if needed. Wrong sides together, sew a French Seam. Same as you did above. You may need to switch to a sturdier needle, like a denim needle. That is what I used. The fabric will be bulky here. And use your Walking Foot.

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Almost done!!

One last thing to do. Sew up the bottom. Prepare fabric. Align, press, trim bottom edges if needed.

Sew a French Seam to close up the bottom. As you may have guessed, ALL SEAMS will be raw edge free and enclosed. Nothing to fray.

OK, now turn pillowcase right side out. Poke out the bottom corners. And done. Will fit the standard size pillow.

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Enjoy!!


Go here for great pillowcase tutorials. I got my inspiration from this site.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/freepatterns/