Monday, March 02, 2009

Pillowcase FREE Tutorial by Chris Daly of Shady Grove Studios

I thought you'd like to know that Chris of Shady Grove Studios and Greetings From The Shady Grove blog has written a terrific tutorial on showing you how to make a pillowcase. I hope you enjoy the tutorial.


Pillowcase Tutorial




This tutorial is for a standard pillowcase. Larger sizes options are at the end of this post. All of your fabrics should be a minimum of 42" wide. Be sure to remove selvage edges. To make this pillowcase you need cut the following sizes of fabric:

Main Body: 27" (3/4 yard) x 42"
Piping/Trim: 1-5/8" x 42"
Cuff: 12" x 42"

Fold piping in half wrong sides together. Iron. You should now have a narrow strip of trim.



Layer fabrics on flat surface so that the raw edges meet:
12" Cuff fabric right side up
trim folded and pressed
27" Main body right side down
-Pin in place along the 42" width and stitch along the 4 raw edges to join the 3 pieces of fabric together with a seam 3/8" of an inch wide.
-Now roll up the main body fabric so it will fit inside the cuff.



-Wrap the 12" wide cuff fabric around the rolled up main body fabric so the right side faces in and the wrong side faces out.
- Pin raw edges together.
-Stitch raw edges together using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Now for the fun part. Reach inside the cuff and pull out the main body fabric. As you do this it will turn the cuff so that all your stitches are now hidden inside the cuff. Press cuff flat.



- To assemble the rest of the pillowcase you will be using a french seam. Fold your pillowcase in half WRONG SIDES together.
- Press and pin starting where raw edges of the cuff join together then all along the raw edges.
- Stitch together with a 1/4" seam that continues around the 90 degree turn.
- Your pillowcase should now be closed on 3 sides.
- Clip inside corners of the main fabric to avoid excess bulk.



- Turn pillowcase inside out so that the right sides are now facing together. Press
-Sew a 1/2" seam along the same sides you just stitched closed again starting at the cuff. This 1/2" seam will enclose your last seam so that no raw edges show.



-Turn the pillowcase right side out to reveal completed pillow case.



To make a king or queen pillowcase substitute the 3/4 yard fabric as follows:
Queen: 32"x 42"
King: 41"x 42"

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Chris Daly of Shady Grove Studios.

Please respect Chris's TERMS OF USE: Please do not copy my tutorial, photos or my art work with out my written permission.

Chris's Bio: I would like to welcome to you to Shady Grove Studios. My work revolves around my two loves, fiber art and stained glass. My home and studio are located in a shady grove in rural Southwestern Wisconsin. It is a truly magical place to live. The beauty of nature is my inspiration and the springboard for my creativity.

I have been sewing and working in the needle arts for as long as I can remember. My husband and I took up stained glass in the early 90’s. When we moved to our current location I was unable to set up my stained glass studio right away. I took up quilting and sewing to fill the void. It didn't take long to fall in love with the different fabrics. Often I had a hard time finding the fabric colors I wanted to work with so I learned to hand dye fabric. I fell in love with the results.

I have combined these skills to make my quilt block jewelry. I started making quilt block jewelry in the summer of 2007. A friend of mine that owns a quilt retreat inspired the idea. She hired me to make charms containing photographs of sisters that attend her retreat annually. The idea evolved from there.

Most of the fabric used to create the jewelry are hand dyed. Many of the fabrics are my own. Turn the jewelry over and you can see the foundation piecing on the back.

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Chris Daly of Shady Grove Studios.

Please visit Chris's Shady Grove Studios Etsy shoppe and her Greetings From The Shady Grove blog.

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