Easy peasy pillow case

I declared Monday would be Craft day and so shall it be done! I present to you an easy peasy pillow case How To! I’m hoping you know how to use a machine but if not you can always go old skool and basic hand-stitch with a needle and thread. And I just want to say sorry for my nails…bad right? But not everyone can be a hand model! Jeeeze!

Here we go!

What you’ll need:

  • Sewing machine with matching cotton for bobbin and bobbin case
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk or pencil
  • Fabric scissors
  • Cotton fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • A pillow
  • A spark of excitement and common sense
  • Overlocking machine or Pinking shears*

*Optional so chillax!

In this How To you’ll noticed I havent mentioned overlocking raw thready edges to neaten coz I couldn’t be asked TBH, however if you are bothered then over lock any raw edges you’ll see and fear not those of you who do not have a overlocker, use your Pinking shears to stop the cray-cray frayin’!

Wow, to think that's what it used to look like. How sad. Well here's the pillow ready for the makeover! Take your tape measure and measure the length and width of your pillow and cut your fabric accoring to the measurements INCLUDING SEW ALLOWANCE 1.5cm (or 1cmup to you).

Wow, to think that’s what it used to look like. How sad. Well here’s the pillow ready for the makeover! Take your tape measure and measure the length (longest measurement which is usually top and bottom)  and width (shortest measurement which is usually the sides) of your pillow and cut your fabric according to the measurements INCLUDING SEW ALLOWANCE 1.5cm (or 1cm up to you).

What you will end up with is two pillow squares/rectangles (whatever shape it is!).

What you will end up with is two pillow squares/rectangles (whatever shape it is!) and another piece of fabric for that bit you see in pillow cases that keep the pillow in and makes it look neater. To make that piece that we’ll call the “neat piece” you’ll need to take your length or width measurement deciding on where you want to place your fastening (sides or bottom) as your length and 5 inches PLUS SEAM ALLOWANCE. Cut according to your measurements that you just did for the neat piece. I hope I’m making sense…you’ll tell me if I’m not right?

Have your buttons ready and waiting! I chose buttons to match.

Have your buttons ready and waiting! I chose buttons to match.

Take 1 (of 2) of your pillow squares/rectangles and on the edge of where you want your fastening fold 1.5cm...

Take 1 (of 2) of your pillow squares/rectangles and on the edge of where you want your fastening fold 1.5cm…

...pin in place...

…pin in place. You’re not going to stitch just yet!

To the same thing you did with the pillow case to the neat piece! Once you've done that take the unneatened edge and put it with the other pillow case (uno 2 of 2), pin in place...

(Now for the other pillow piece) To the same thing you did with the pillow case to the neat piece! Once you’ve done that take the unneatened edge and put it with the other pillow case (uno 2 of 2), pin in place…

...and sew across the egde.

…and sew across the edge.

Once sewn it should look like this...one half of your pillow case with an extra bit on it.

Once sewn it should look like this…one half of your pillow case with an extra bit on it.

Now put the two cases together RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. Start your sewing 1.5cm all the way around 3 inches from the top just so you can fit your pillow in it before finishing it off (uno button, ribbons and such).

Now put the two cases together RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. Start your sewing 1.5cm all the way around 3 inches from the top just so you can fit your pillow in it before finishing it off (uno button, ribbons and such).

Snip the corners and turn inside out!...

Snip the corners and turn inside out!…

...

Fit your pillow inside the case and determin where you want your buttons and where, how few or many ribbons you want.

Fit your pillow inside the case and determine where you want your buttons and where, how few or many ribbons you want.

Once you figured that out take your 3 inch ribbon...

Once you figured that out take your 3 inch ribbon (I had to change ribbon because it was too big *sad face*)

...and make a cross like those pretty Breast Cancer ribbons and place it on the 1st pillow piece you started...

…and make a cross like those pretty Breast Cancer ribbons and place it on the 1st pillow piece you started…

...and sew across.

…and sew across.

Back stitch over each ribbon so I doesn't pull out easy.

Back stitch over each ribbon so I doesn’t pull out easy. You can now sew the rest of the sides up now.

Now that's done you are oh so nearly finished! Just mark in chalk or pencil where you want your buttons...

Now that’s done you are oh so nearly finished! Just mark in chalk or pencil where you want your buttons…

...and sew in place!

…and sew in place!

See all neat especailly with that neat piece doing it ninja thang!

See all neat especially with that neat piece doing it ninja thang!

Ta Da! Your easy peasy pillow case! Enjoy! x

Ta Da! Your easy peasy pillow case! Enjoy! x

 

Hopefully that was easy to follow otherwise I will have to change to name…but that’s the least of my worries. Let me know how it went for you!

 

Happy Stitching!

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