Welcome to Week Two of On the Edge...
This weeks task: Construct a Posh Pillowcase
Difficulty Level: 2 1/2 chocolates
This week we will make our pillowcase. In previous posts, I referred to this pillowcase as a "pillowcase with a flap". What? What the heck is a pillowcase with a flap? Well, let me clarify. It's not really a flap. It's more like a pocket for the pillow to fit in once you put it in the case. It keeps the unsightly end of your pillow and the wrong side of the fabric from showing. I know...In the big picture, unsightly ends and wrong sides of fabric are not a big deal, but the pillowcase (singular) I have from Pottery Barn is constructed like this. It must be the way bed linens are meant to be, at least the ones that cost too much to drool on while napping. You know, the posh ones. And since we are going to beautify this case with some lovely handwork doesn't it seem fitting that we make a posh pillowcase? Yes, I thought so too. Let's get started.
Instructions for construction of the Posh Pillowcase:
Eat a chocolate. I'm serious. A girl needs to have sustenance to focus her brain efficiently. Save the other chocolate and a half for later on.
Match the selvedges (or selvages, whichever you prefer) of your fabric. Snip the fold. Rip down the center of fabric. I love this part. Tah-wan-duh! You now have two pieces of fabric that are roughly 21" x 40". If you are using two different fabrics, do this step to both pieces of your fabric. Put one piece of each fabric aside to make a second pillowcase later.
Cut one of your fabric pieces 20" x 30". This is the floral piece in my photos. It is my focus fabric. I will refer to this piece as the TOP of the pillowcase.
Cut the other piece 20" x 38.5". This is the polka dot piece in my photos. I will refer to this piece as the BOTTOM of the pillowcase.
Turn under a 3/8" hem on the TOP of your pillowcase. Pin in place, but do not stitch yet.
Turn under a 3/8" hem on the BOTTOM of your pillowcase. Stitch in place.
Put the TOP and BOTTOM of the pillowcase right sides together matching raw edges. Pin. The hemmed edge of the BOTTOM will extend past the pinned edge of the top. I will call this the "flap".
Eat another chocolate and then carry on.
Take the "flap" of the BOTTOM that extends beyond the TOP and fold back over the TOP. You will have a little pillowcase sandwich. The TOP of the pillowcase will be sandwiched between two "slices" of the BOTTOM fabric.
Stitch the seams on each side of the pillowcase beginning at the folded-over end. Backstitch at the beginning of the seam, at the spot where the "flap" ends, and at the end of the seam. USE A 1/2" SEAM ALLOWANCE.
When you are done with both side seams, measure the distance between your two seams. It should measure 19". If it is not, make the necessary adjustments. This measurement will be IMPORTANT later on.
Stitch across the end of the pillowcase using a 1/2" seam.
Finish the raw edges so they don't fray. You can serge them, use a zig-zag stitch, or use pinking shears.
Turn the pillowcase right side out and press.
Stitch the hem on the TOP of the pillowcase. Continue stitching all the way around the pillowcase so that you have a stitch line that is approximately 1/4" from the edge all the way around.
The posh pillowcase is done! Pop that last half of a chocolate in your mouth. Give your pillowcase a final press. Slip a pillow in the case making sure to put the end of the pillow down into the pocket you created. Check it out...unsightly pillow ends are hidden...only the right side of the fabric is in view. Pottery Barn has nothing on you! You go girl!
See you next Monday. Have fun creating a Posh Pillowcase or two. Email me if you have questions.