Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pillows of Hope -Directions to make pillowcase                                              

Directions for a


For one pillowcase:
¨      3⁄8 yard (band)     Cut 1strip 10in x 41in
¨      7⁄8 yard (pillowcase body) Cut 1-26 ½ x 41 rectangle

Finished pillowcase: 30×20" (fits a standard-size bed pillow)

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide,
100% COTTON fabrics. Cotton or cotton flannel only NO FLEECE!

Measurements include 1⁄2" seam allowances. Sew with right sides
together otherwise specified (French seams will be required for side and bottom)

1.   Place band strip right side up on work surface. Matching up long edges, put body rectangle right side down atop band strip. Pin edges together if desired.
2.   Beginning at lower long edge, roll the body rectangle toward the band strip. Stop rolling when you reach a point about halfway up the band strip. The upper raw edges should still be aligned Wrap the band strip around the rolled body rectangle to form a tube.
3.   Pin the three raw edges together, making sure the rolled rectangle portion does not get pinned.
4.   Sew pinned edges together with a 12 " seam allowance.
5.    As if you were pulling a sleeve from a sweater, pull the body fabric from the tube, turning the pillowcase band right side out to make a pillowcase body. Unroll the body rectangle. All seam allowances should be encased within the pillowcase band.
6.    Pulling slightly on the band, press the band flat with seam
allowances going toward the band.

To complete a fray-free pillowcase, finish it with French seams. You’ll have no raw edges exposed!

1. With wrong sides together (yes...wrong sides together) and a scant  14" seam allowance, sew together the side and bottom raw edges of the  pillowcase. For greatest accuracy, begin at the band and
sew  toward the opposite end. You may wish to pin the intersection where the band meets the body to make sure it aligns properly.
2 .Turn the pillowcase wrong side out and press the seam allowance flat. For best results, you may need to roll the seam between your fingers to nudge it to the edge prior to pressing.
3. With the wrong side still out and using a 14 " seam allowance, sew the side and bottom of the pillowcase again, enclosing the seam previously sewn . Now you have a pillowcase with no raw edges!

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