Guess what? You can create some inexpensive, and yet very personalized gifts, for Christmas. Yes, you can! It’s super simple. Think positive! :) I just made three adorable pillowcases for our grandkids, in a little over an hour, and THAT included stopping to take pictures and to start some rye bread rising! Here’s all you’ll need to get started on your DIY pillowcase project:
- a sewing machine, of course
- 1 yard of 44/45″ wide fabric, choose a print or pattern that fits the personality of the person who will receive it
- thread, choose whether you want it to match your fabric or to be a contrasting color
- straight pins
- ironing board and iron
Fold the yard of fabric in half, right-sides-together, so that it will measure about 22″ x 36″. Pin the long edge and the short edge that will be the bottom of your pillowcase, to hold them in place while you are stitching.
Start sewing the 5/8″ seam at the folded corner on the bottom edge of your pillowcase. Be sure to back-stitch to lock your stitches in place.
When you are 5/8″ from the long edge of your fabric, leave the needle of your machine down in the fabric, lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric, so that the unstitched edge is now ready to be stitched on your machine at the 5/8″ guide mark. This will create a perfectly sharp corner.
Now stitch the long edge of your pillowcase and back stitch to lock the seam when you reach the end.
If you have a serger or a newer machine than mine, finish your edges in the way that works best for you, but I zigzag my seams to help keep them from raveling when the pillowcase is laundered. Run the presser foot along the stitching in the seam you just made, to zigzag the edge of the seam.
Trim the seam, as close as possible to the zig-zag stitches, without cutting the stitches. Trimming the seam removes extra bulk and gives a nice finished edge. If you have a pair of pinking shears, even better. Mine are so dull they wouldn’t cut hot butter. Definitely time for a new pair!
Using a steam iron, press under 1/2″ on the unfinished top edge of the pillowcase. Turn the fabric toward the inside of the pillowcase. Press the 1/2″ hem around the full-circumference of the pillowcase top.
The 1/2″ inch you already pressed under has created a nice clean edge at the top of your case. Now, you need to fold it over one more time to create the final finished 3″ hem. Press the hem in all the way around the top of the case using a steam iron.
Now, line the edge of your presser foot up with the folded under edge of the hem you created and stitch around the circumference. Be sure to overstitch the seam when you get to the end or back-stitch to lock the seam.
Turn your finished pillowcase, right-side-out and press out any wrinkles. You’re finished! It’s that simple!
So, are you done with your Christmas projects? What’s left to do? I still need to sew a couple skirts, plus some aprons and hotpads. I already have published a simple DIY Christmas stocking tutorial, so I hope you’ll keep stopping back at Busy-at-Home, now and again, for a visit and to check out my new projects and recipes or to enter a giveaway or two. Have a blessing-filled Christmas!