In Germany, they sleep on giant square down pillows. I quite enjoyed this experience when I visited that lovely country. So after five years, I finally bought one at Ikea. However, it needed a pillowcase! So I decided to invest in the infinite knowledge of my mother and sister and create something beautiful.
I made this thing. Yes, me. The fabric came from Suppose, the cutest darn fabric you ever did see.
I don’t sew that often. Or ever really. So I thought I’d document the process and share it. I kind of played the whole thing by ear. You can easily modify these directions if you want different stripes or a different size. The whole pillowcase measures 24″ x24″ (if it’s done accurately, which mine is not actually). This is for a 26″ x 26″ pillow. As for the fabric, you’ll need:
1 yard front print fabric(plenty for experimenting with front strips)
3/4 yard back solid
1/4 strip fabric
1. Cut your back pieces. These two pieces will overlap about 8″ when all is said and done. One is shorter than the other to leave room for a strip of print fabric added later.
24 1/2″ x 15 1/2″
24 1/2″ x 17 1/2″
2. Make the back! Cut a 2 1/4″ strip of the print fabric. Pin and sew this strip to the smaller back piece, fronts together. Press. Hem both back pieces along the 24 1/2″ side. Fold the end up 1/4″ twice, pressing as you fold. Sew along both edges.
(This picture actually shows the wrong fabric. That strip should be the front print fabric!)
3. Make the front! We aren’t going to cut the separate front pieces to size quite yet. We will sew the strip in first and then cut the whole piece afterward to make sure it is the right size (I did not do this, and my pillowcase ended up being too short on one side). So cut a strip, however wide you would prefer, of the front solid fabric making sure it is at least 24 1/2″ long. Now take your front print fabric and cut the whole thing in half where you want the strip to be (if you want multiple strips, cut up the fabric in more places!). Pin and sew the strip to one side of the front print, fronts together. Press open, and repeat for the other piece of the front print. Press open again. Remember, this whole piece you just put together will be larger than we need. That’s ok! Now you can cut it to be 24 1/2″ x 24 1/2″.
4. Now to sew all the pieces together! Take the back piece with the print strip and align it with the top of the front piece. Pin and sew them together with the fronts together. Repeat with the bottom back piece aligned to the botton of the front piece.
5. The last two seams will sew the pillowcase shut, with the two overlapping pieces leaving a hole for the pillow. Lay the whole piece with the back facing down (as shown above). Fold the top back piece down (the fronts should be facing each other) and pin the sides. Fold the bottom back piece on top of the back piece and pin. Make sure that the back piece with the strip is on bottom. If it’s on top, you won’t be able to see the strip when you turn it right side out. Sew down both sides, and don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.
6. Clip the corners, fold inside out, and stuff the pillow in. Now go take a nap or something. I know I will!
Est. time: 4 hours (this includes time for mistakes)
Est. enjoyment: tenfold
Est. cuteness: 100%
More pictures at my Flickr. Some of the pictures are mistakes, so be careful!