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Web Extras: Pillowcase Instructions

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  • 7/8 yard Main Body Fabric
  • 1/3 yard Contrasting Band Fabric
  • 1/8 yard Trim Fabric
  • 1 panel 27" x 42" Main Body Fabric
  • 1 panel 11" x 42" Contrasting Band Fabric
  • 1 strip 3 1/2" x 42" Trim Fabric

Step 1 Selecting Fabrics

A pillowcase is a great decorating accessory for your bedroom. Choose 3 different fabrics–coordinate them with a quilt, splash colors into a room or decorate for a holiday. Pillowcases sewn from novelty fabrics also make great gifts for kids or to send off with a college student.

Step 2 Sewing the Pillowcase

All seams are 1/2" unless otherwise noted.

With wrong sides together, fold the contrasting band in half lengthwise and press. Repeat with the trim.

Baste the folded trim strip to the band 1/8" from the raw edges along the length of the strips (fig. 1).

Pin the band to the right side of the pillowcase panel along the 42" edge with the raw edges aligned and the trim sandwiched in the middle; sew together. Zigzag the raw edges and press toward the pillowcase (fig. 2).

Fold the pillowcase right sides together, matching the band seamline and lower edges, and stitch the raw edges together (fig. 3).

Trim the corners to reduce the bulk. Zigzag the raw edges and turn the pillowcase right side out; press.