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Video:How to Sew: Sew a Pillowcase

with Kay Porczak

Sewing a pillowcase is a great way to create custom looks for your bedding. Watch this About.com video for easy instructions on sewing a beautiful pillowcase.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Sew: Sew a Pillowcase

Hi, I'm Kay Porczak, co-owner of Picking Daisies Modern Fabrics in San Luis Obispo, Calif. I'm here today for About.com to show you how to sew a pillowcase.

Supplies Needed to Sew a Pillowcase

To do this you will need:

  • one yard of fabric
  • a sewing machine
  • coordinating thread
  • scissors
  • a seam guide
  • a measuring tape
  • an iron
  • an ironing board or mat

Just a tip: If you're using directional fabric, you might need to buy a bit more because you'll be needing the 44 inches in length, not width. This will allow for the design on the pillow case to be viewed correctly.

Start Sewing a Pillowcase

Today we'll be making a standard or queen-sized pillowcase using a tossed print, so you'll need to start with a pre-washed piece of fabric, 36-x-44 inches. Fold it in half so the 36-inch sides meet, placing the right sides of the fabric together. Pin along the raw length-wise edge, and do one of the side edges. With a half-inch seam allowance using a standard stitch, sew the two pinned sides on your machine. Once that's done, it's a good idea to sew a finishing zig-zag stitch along the raw edge to keep the fabric from fraying.

Create Hems When Sewing a Pillowcase

At this point, you should have a piece of material with three closed-off edges and one large opening where the pillow will ultimately be inserted. Keeping it inside-out, move your project over to your ironing station and slide the material onto your ironing board just like this. Now iron a small, quarter-inch hem, folding inward toward the wrong-side of the fabric all the way around and pressing as you go. After this is done, we want to make a much larger hem with our iron. Fold back four inches of material in the same direction as your quarter-inch hem and press with the iron. At this time, you'll want to pin the four-inch hem to hold it in place as you sew -- be sure that your original quarter-inch hem remains tucked under.

Finish Sewing a Pillowcase

As you can see here, you're going to top stitch along the top of the first hemmed edge, about one-eighth of an inch in. Run it through your sewing machine and it'll look like this when finished. Turn it right-side out and you've got your pillowcase. Insert your queen-sized pillow and get ready for a restful night of sleep. And that's how you make a pillowcase.

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