Thursday, December 18, 2014

Making Christmas Gifts ~ Standard Pillow Case (Free Pattern)

Hi Everyone,

I'm so sorry that I've been away from my blog for soooo long. I've been busy. This past week I've been making Christmas Gifts for family members. Each year I end up having some sort of project theme. This year it is pillow cases.

I made about 6 different pillow cases this year. Some of them were purchased, but, I did embroider their names on the edges.

First, I'll show you what those look like:

embroidered pillow cases,
Embroidering "Chris" onto a pre-made pillow case.
I used some nice and a little shiny, thread by Isocord. (white on white) It embroidered very well. I used an embroidery needle to help with the fast speed. This special embroidery needle keeps your threads from breaking. It is worth the extra to purchase a specialty needle. I'd rather spend extra, that try to fix a broken thread in the middle of an embroidery job.

I also made two more pillow cases for this particular family. The airplane pillow case is for their son, who is 22 years old and has been in love with airplanes his whole life. And, The little birdie pillow case is for his younger sister, she is 11 yrs old. I just LOVE the way the blue/pink case looks, and it is also very soft, important for those little girls faces!
denise clason makes pillow cases
All pillow cases are finished. 
Standard Pillow Case: 
(20" x 26")

2/3 yard, main print
1/3 yard, secondary print (edge)
3" x 44" (coordinating print) Note: I used 2-1/4" wide for the above pillow cases.

1. Fold coordinating print in half, with right sides out, and press.
The "blue" strip, it is folded and pressed.
2. Lay main print, facing up, position the pressed coordinating print (raw edge) along the 42-45" edges.

3. Lay secondary print, face down, on top of the above two fabrics. Pin and then sew a 1/4" seam along edge.
Pin and sew all three layers together and sew.
4. Press secondary print up, along with the seam allowance, and coordinating print down.
Press blue print down, floral print up.
5. Fold the pillow case, right sides together, in half lengthwise, and match the seams and pin. (make sure all of the seams match) Sew a 5/8" seam along selvage edge, pivot at the corner and sew along the bottom edge.

6. Zig-zag along the bottom edge of the pillow case.

7. Leave pillow case inside out, position onto the ironing board. Press the top edge of the secondary print 1/4" toward the inside of the pillow case.
The cutting board is NOT usually on the ironing board, I have it there for the Picture only.
8. Fold the secondary print down to just cover the seam allowance. Pin into place with the pin "head" toward the edge of pillow case (for ease of removing while sewing)
Position pins with the "head" toward the right edge of pillow case. This makes them easier to remove.
9. With matching thread in the needle and bobbin. Top stitch the coordinating print to the pillow case. (I do this because this piece always folds up and looks messy.) Do not remove the pins, yet!
I've added this step because I like my fabric to lay down. Typically after washing this little ornery piece wants to flip up and go all over the place.
10. With matching thread in the needle and bobbin, top stitch the secondary print to the pillow case. Backstitch at the end.
I'm using my 1/4" foot for the topstitching. It has a nice edge to follow.
I like this pillow case sewing method because it keeps you from seeing the side seams when the pillow case is right side out.

Finished Pillow Case! I love how it turned out. The colors are so pretty and bright. Happy Sleeping to my daughter-in-law. It will be HER Christmas present! (shuuuush)
Have fun mixing and matching different prints! That is one of my favorite things to do, put fabrics together!

Note: I made several of these at the same time, doing the same step, and you'll be able to make more of them a lot faster!

ENJOY and Merry Christmas!



  1. I always have to iron these pillowcases made of 100% cotton, as the
    flange seems to want to curl or stand up 1/2 way.
    I've thought of making them from a perma-press fabric to eliminate the ironing.

    1. I started sewing the trim piece down, close to the folded edge, like it so much better than it lying the wrong way.


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