Here's a simple pattern for making pillowcases. I've used this many times to stock up our linen cupboard, and the kids love the ones made from old printed brushed cotton ('flannelette'), especially in the winter. So cosy!
Last week I wrote about some cases I'd made from one piece of fabric, and I'm still working on the tutorial for that (have forgotten *exactly* how I did it, ha) but then I remembered this method I wrote up a while back. It was going to be a little 'gift' project in my book but I didn't need it in the end.
I share it here because one of these made from lovely soft fabric, together with a DVD or book would be a great Christmas present for a child, I think. Or you could cut them from some other special fabric to make a pair of grown-up pillowcases. I hope you find it useful!
You will need:
one yard of cotton flannel fabric, you could always recycle a vintage sheet to make these
ruler and tailor’s chalk (or fabric pen)
(To fit a standard size bed pillow insert)
For each case you will need to cut out two pieces of fabric: one measuring 20” x 27”, and one piece measuring 20” x 32”.
1. Take the smaller piece of fabric and, along one of the shorter sides, press under a neat hem, pin, then stitch in place.
2. Repeat with the other piece of fabric, then fold under a flap measuring 5’’ and press in place.
3. Place your two fabric pieces together, right sides facing. Take the folded flap of the longer piece, and fold it right over the opening to the opposite side so that the raw edges match along the pillowcase’s side seams.
4. Pin and sew the three raw edges of the case, using a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish these seams (overlock, zigzag or with pinking shears.)
5. Trim any loose threads, turn your new pillowslip right-side out and press. The extra flap should sit neatly inside to cover one end of your pillow insert.