In my previous post, we made a sample for our pillow. Now that we have our sample let’s make our pillowcase.

Things you will need

Beginner’s Tools – Click here to the list of tools you will need.
Fabric – Any lightweight fabric would do. I would use a synthetic fabric since it lasts the longest.
Thread – Use a thread that will match the right side of your fabric.

Step 1 – Wash and dry the fabric

This will prevent your fabric from shrinking later on.

Step 2 – Press Your Fabric

Place your fabric on an ironing board or a flat surface with a towel in between. Check for areas that have wrinkles or creases. The press cloth will go on top of that. Your layers should be in this order: press cloth, fabric, bath towel (or an ironing board.) Heat your iron on medium. Take your iron and place it directly on top of the press cloth for 5 seconds, lift the iron and repeat until all of the creases have disappeared. Do not drag your iron across the fabric.

Step 3 – Cutting Your Fabric

Use the measurements from “Making A Pillowcase: Part 1” to cut out 1 piece of fabric. I have decided to leave the fabric as 1 large piece instead of cutting it into 2 pieces. This will make my project a little bit easier.IMG_0206.JPG

Step 4 – Creating A Seam Allowance

Line up the edges of your fabric to the cutting mat. At this point, I am going to draw the lines where my stitching will go and give myself a half-inch seam allowance.

Step 5 – Creating A Seam Allowance

Line up the edges of your fabric to the cutting mat. At this point, I am going to draw the lines where my stitching will go and give myself a half-inch seam allowance.

I made a mistake and had to trip a bit more. This image shows a 1/2 inch seam allowance.


Step 6 – Pin In Place

Place pins on the opposite side of the seam allowance. I would put 1 in each corner and a couple in between. Be sure to smooth things out so there are no creases.IMG_0208.JPG

Step 7 – Select Your Stitch

Setup your machine to use the overcasting stitch. Don’t forget to use the correct presser foot. Your machine may be different from mine so refer to your machine’s owner manual.

Step 8 – Positioning Your Fabric

Set up your machine for an overcasting stitch. Lift the presser foot and position the edge of your fabric against the presser foot guide (this is the right side of the presser foot). Lower the foot and then turn the knob on the right side towards you until the needle pierces the fabric.IMG_0209.JPG

Step 9 – Start Sewing

Gently press the foot to peddle. Go really slow. Do not pull on the fabric. The machine will automatically do this for you. Your job is to guide the fabric on a straight path. Use a gentle hand. Let the machine do most of the work. Do this for 1 long side and 1 short side. Always lift the needle before you lift the presser foot. Always put the presser foot down before you put the needle down. Your overcasting stitch should look similiar to the image below.IMG_0214.JPG

Step 10 – Changing Stitches

Change the setting on your machine for a top stitch. Begin with a backstitch. Then continue the rest until you are close to the edge of your seam allowance. Stop!

Step 11 – Turning The Fabric

At this point, the needle should be in the fabric. If you are not on your mark manually stitch by moving the knob towards you 2-3 times until you reach the margin and the needle is barely in the fabric. Lift the pressure foot and turn your fabric. The needle should be holding the corner in place

Step 12 – Continue Sewing

Continue until you are close to the end but not past it. Finish with another backstitch.

Step 13 – Making The Hem

Fold the hem back to the desired length. Make sure that your pillow still fits and the line is even. Press with an iron until you get a good crease. IMG_0238.JPG

Step 14 – Securing The Hem

Secure the hem 5 mm from the edge with a top stitch. Make sure the needle is lowered into the fabric before you start.IMG_0240.JPG

Step 15 – Sewing & Back-stitching

Start sewing using the sewing guide to keep a straight line. End with a couple of back-stitches. If your machine does not have a back-stitch button, roll the knob on the side away from you 3 times.