Making Pillowcases for the Grandkids

When I got a message from Adam last week telling me that the kids Really would Love some more fun pillowcases, I went right to work.  How does a grandma say no to that?  If it involves fabric, I’m there!  I’ve been collecting pillowcase fabrics for awhile, and this week I had a lot of fun putting these together.

I’ve added the tutorial I used at the end of this post.  It’s really fun and easy.  You just need 3/4 yard of the main fabric (27″ x 41″), 1/3 yard of the cuff at the top (12″ by width of fabric) and 1.5″ by width of fabric of the accent piece between them.

You put the cuff fabric down first, right side up.  Next comes the ironed in half accent strip, raw edges at the top.  Then you pin the top side of the main fabric right side down on top of these.

After pinning the main fabric, you roll it up, then bring the cuff fabric up and over the roll, and pin it to the top, lining up all the raw edges.  This makes a tube.

Stitch along this top edge 1/4″ from the edges.  Here is my stack of tubes ready to sew.

After sewing them, you trim the main piece to 42″

Then you sew the 2 side seams with the WRONG SIDES together.  That won’t feel right, but it’s how you make an enclosed French seam.

After stitching the sides, press the seams, then you turn the pillowcase right side in and stitch the 2 sides again, about 3/8″ in from the edge so the previous seam is enclosed.  Now when you turn the pillowcase right side out, the inside seams are perfectly enclosed!

Here are the 19 pillowcases I finished this week.  Oh, so fun!!

I can’t wait to let the grandkids pick the ones they like best!

Here is the excellent tutorial I used to make these:

Being a grandma is the best job Ever!!

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