A few people have asked me how I make pillowcases. This is how I do it- based on trying lots of different ways:) The guru and I figure our lifetime pillowcase making count to be around 150; we love to make them!
1. Fabric: You will need three fabrics. Main piece: 24-27″. Accent: 2-3″. Cuff: 9-12″. If my cuff is on the larger side, I do the main fabric on the shorter side and vice versa. Ideally, I use main: 25″, accent: 2″ and cuff: 12″.
3. Cutting the Main Fabric: Fold your main fabric from cut edge to cut edge. Trim off the selvage. **You can skip this step. But I save selvages:) And I find it easier to cut a clean edge before any seams are sewn.**
**NOTE: You can sew these as one seam, but because pillowcases are washed frequently, I think it’s stronger with multiple seams. It is an option though:)
5. Sewing Up the Tube: Take the edge of your main fabric furthest from the cuff and fold it up as shown.
Pin the cuff. I recommend pinning each end, then putting a pin in the middle. Because one side of the cuff has been sewn and the other has not, they are not exactly the same length anymore. You will be easing in the unsewn edge.
Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew from just below the cuff to the edge of the cuff.
Back stitch at the edge to lock your stitches. I usually go back and forth a few times.
Check that your seams align properly.
Go back to the place where you started the side seam. You will want to overlap a few stitches. Sew down the side of the main fabric.
Sew across the bottom. You will want to sew across the side seam as shown.
Finish by using a serger on the two seams. Or a finishing stitch on your machine. Even a zigzag will work; you are just preventing fraying. I use Fray Stoppa on the ends. (Sorry this is a different fabric; I didn’t take a picture of the red dotted one!)
You’re done! (Why yes, I do have Amy Butler sheets… I also have Neptune pillowcases. They both make me happy:)
Let me know if you have any questions!!