Our lives are a compilation of all of our experiences. I am a huge fan of simple pleasures and the impact they have on us. I have many of them. We often dismiss them, but taking notice of them can completely change your mood. It could be the sight of something, or a familiar smell, or the sound of your Nana’s laugh.
One of my favorite simple pleasures is the smell of line-dried clothes. If you are not familiar with this fragrance I highly recommend that you try this. You may even want to install a line. If you are not sure how stay tuned. We will be covering laundry care very soon.
Falling asleep on pillowcases that dried outside is heavenly. The instructions below are for a fitted pillowcase. These pillowcases are easy to make and look oh-so-tailored. I have a hard and fast rule about linens. They must always be white. You may use whatever you wish, but I believe that nothing makes a bed look more inviting than crisp white bed linens.
This is our first venture into sewing so I must preface it with this. I am not a master tailor. I mostly learned to sew so that I could do upholstery work. I promise to never give any advice for a project that is too tricky. Also, I almost always use ½ seam allowance because that makes the math easier for me. Math is a critical part of the sewing process.
A sewing machine is a tool that pays for itself repeatedly. I have saved an enormous amount of money by making or fixing for myself. With very little instruction you can accomplish many things. Having said that, I hope you will attempt the pillowcases here. I would love to see what you produce.
savour… peaceful slumber
DIY ENVELOPE PILLOWCASE
Before you start:
I generally like to remove selvage edges by tearing a grain line. At times the cut from the fabric store can be off dramatically.
You will find this much easier to tackle with a rotary cutter, but scissors will do fine.
Everything gets a ½ inch seam allowance unless stated otherwise.
I cannot stress enough the importance of pre-washing/pre-shrinking and pressing.
- Fabric of your choice (cotton sheeting or similar fabric is a good choice)
- Matching thread
- Rotary cutter and cutting board (optional)
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Paper and pencil (for the math)
- Wash/shrink fabric.
- Tear a grainline to use as your straight edge.
- Measure the length of your pillow (mine was 37 inches).
- Measure the width of your pillow (mine was 18.5 inches).
- Determine overall measurements using the diagram below.
For the example:
- Length Pillow length 37
- 2-inch double hem
- 4-6 inch overlap
- 6½ inch double hem
- 1 total
- 85 inches width
- Pillow width 18.5
- ½ inch seam allowance
- 1 total 19.5 inches
- Overall measurements – 85 x 19.5 inches
- Measure and cut fabric to the right dimensions (measure twice; cut once).
- Lay the fabric right side face down.
- At one end double-fold a 2-inch hem and pin it in place.
- At the other end, double-fold a half-inch hem and pin it in place.
- Sew up both hems and press.
- Lay the fabric back down right side up.
- 6 inches from the ½ hem edge mark a line with pins.
- Bring the 2-inch hem edge up to the marked line.
- Remove the pin line.
- Fold the 6-inch remainder with the ½ inch hem over the folded fabric.
- Pin a seam line down both sides ½ in from the edge.
- Sew both seams. Be sure to backstitch at the start and finish and over the points where the overlap occurs.
- Zigzag stitch over the edges of the seam line to control fraying. I don’t have a serger so this is the method I use.
- Turn the case inside out and press.