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Easy DIY Pillowcase Tutorial

This simple tutorial for how to make a pillowcase is an easy sewing project that every beginner sewist needs!

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Easy DIY Pillowcase Tutorial

If you're new to sewing and are looking for the perfect project to start with, you can't go wrong with this Easy DIY Pillowcase Tutorial. Brought to you straight from the AllFreeSewing craft studio, this sewing tutorial for how to make a pillowcase is a simple project that's ideal for beginner sewists and can be made with about 1 yard of cotton fabric. A great way to show off some of your favorite and fun cotton prints, this DIY pillowcase tutorial comes with step-by-step instructions and photos for making your pillowcase, so that you don't have to worry about any guesswork. Projects don't get easier than this! If you've been searching for a quick and easy scrapbusting project, or just can't wait to start sewing, then you'll have a blast making these fool-proof DIY pillowcases.

Plus, don't miss our pillowcase charity drive during the entire month of May for Operation Christmas Child. Click here to learn how you can design a simple pillowcase and help a child in need during the entire month of May!

Materials Needed:

* 3/4 yard (27" x width of fabric from selvage to selvage) of the main fabric
* 1/4 yard (9" x width of fabric from selvage to selvage) of coordinating cuff fabric
* Scissors
* Ruler
* Cutting mat
* Sewing machine

How to Make a Pillowcase

Learning how to make a pillowcase is an excellent beginner sewing project because it allows you to practice the basic techniques of cutting and piecing together something simple. This DIY pillowcase tutorial also demonstrates how to make French seams, so you can learn new sewing techniques that you may not be familiar with. Whether you're making pillowcases for your kids, as a quick way to upgrade your bedroom, or for our charity drive in May, there's no way you can go wrong with this easy DIY pillowcase tutorial.

Step 1: Wash and press fabrics.

Step 2: Stack fabrics, matching selvage ends. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim selvage ends to remove white selvage strip. Trim opposite end to ensure everything is the same length and square.

Step 3: Iron 9” wide piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides out.

Step 4: Stack pieces as follows:
            - 9" coordinating fabric right-side up, unfolded.
            - On top of that, place the 27" main fabric right-side up. Make sure all raw edges match at the top edge.

Step 5: Roll up the 27” piece of fabric, starting at the bottom. Stop rolling when you reach the center of the 9" coordinating fabric.

Step 6: Fold bottom of 9” fabric up to meet the top edge. Carefully pin entire length.

Step 7: Sew 1/4” seam.

Step 8: Pull fabric from the center and turn right side out. Iron everything flat.

Step 9: Fold the pillowcase in half with wrong sides together. Sew narrow seam along raw edges. Turn pillow case inside out and sew generous 1/4” seam.

Step 10: Trim threads and turn right side out. Press everything flat.

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Super great instructions! This project can be modified to add extra bands of fabric to the cuff. I have seen this as a taco, burrito or jelly roll method. I plan on making these for gifts for my grown children in some sophisticated fabrics, but I am also going to look into the charity project! Pillowcases are always something people can use and is a lovely reminder of the maker, as I have four of them made for me by a dear friend in fabrics that she specifically chose for me, so I love it for sure! Thanks for this great tutorial and idea!

Once again your projects are beautiful,love the pillows especially the stars and planets.Thank you


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