A group of Homemakers met here to make Pillowcases for the flood victims and others in need. Since many of you might be doing the same, I thought I'd pass on the tips and tricks I used and developed while making pillowcases. Don't forget to add your finished pillowcase numbers to the Million Pillowcase numbers. You can also find a pattern there.
Tuesday Tutorial Tips
Directions and videos to make pillowcases are all over the web.
On average we used fabric about 45 inches wide.
I really didn't worry about the widths, because I trimmed later.
I started with 3 pieces of fabric with width of fabric (WOF) around 45,
and pieces measuring 26, 12 and 2 inches.
This method to make a pillowcase is usually known as the "Burrito Method."
All seams are hidden.
The 2 inch piece was folded in half lengthwise and pinned to right side of long edge of 26" piece.
Then the 12 inch wide piece was pinned on top of 2 inch strip.
Turn over the whole piece so you see the wrong side of the 26 inch piece (the main part of pillowcase.)
Roll the large piece as shown and fold the bottom of the 12 inch piece up and over
the whole roll and pin all layers together.
Consequently, the following layers of fabric will be stitched in one seam:
the bottom is the 12 inch piece,
the 2 layers of the 2 inch piece,
1 layer of the 26 inch piece,
the top layer is the other edge of 12 inch piece.
After all the edges are stitched with one seam, it does remind one of a burrito.
Pull the large piece causing the whole unit to be turned inside out.
Enclose the side and bottom in a French seam by placing wrong sides together first
and stitching quarter inch seam. See Tip Below
Then stitch right sides together with a 1/2 inch seam enclosing the quarter inch seam.