I needed to custom make some pillowcase because the ones you buy are larger now than what they used to be. As you already know I was gifted some hand crocheted lace from a friend that her grandmother had made. It is so pretty. Fortunately I know how to make a pillowcase.
There are plenty of ways to make a pillowcases. From simple and basic to fancy and elaborate. I've made them a few different ways but this is how I like to do it. Just a nice simple basic pillowcase with endless possibilities.
I used 100% cotton muslin to make my pillowcases. After washing and drying it I pressed it with an iron. Fortunately the 44" width of the fabric was perfect. After I squared up the end I cut two pieces 32" long.
At one end I pressed the edge over 1/2" and then folded over 3" to make the hem at the opening of the pillowcase. With my hem gauge I pinned and pressed it. Then I selected a decorative stitch and sewed across the edge. You can certainly straight stitch it here too.
|Stitching the hem|
|Stitching the first part of the french seam - WRONG sides together.|
I like to use French seams so I don't have any raw edges anywhere. Pinning WRONG sides together I sewed a 1/4" seam using a straight stitch down the side and across the bottom.
|Finishing the French seam - RIGHT sides together.|
Using my pinking shears I trimmed the seam close to the stitching, careful not to get too close and cut the stitches. I turned the pillowcase inside out and pressed it making sure the seams were neatly pressed and corners square. Then I repeated the 1/4 seam along the side and across the bottom.
|Pressed and folded in half - looks great just like this!|
Once I turned the pillowcase right side out it was all finished. Ta da!
|Close up of the hem.|
I pressed it again and then got busy and hand stitched the crocheted lace to the edge of the hem. I plan to make another set for some lilac colored crocheted lace I have and I have some pretty white lace too that I'd like to use for a set too.
|After I added the crocheted lace.|
When I make the pillowcases with the white lace I plan to tuck it under the edge of the hem before I stitch it. That will make it nicely embellished, I think. And save me a step in stitching it on later.
Have you ever made your own pillowcases? Think you'll make some now? If so, I want to see them! Hope you share. J