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How to sew a pillow case: Final exam

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Are you interested in learning how to sew? This article is the 'final exam' in the learning to sew article series. Follow along, let's learn how to use your sewing machine together!

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Here’s how you can sew a pillowcase. This project is going to be your final exam of this 'course', lets's see what you've learned and put it to the text with this project!

What you will need:

  • Fleece, flannel or cotton, 40” x 36”
  • Iron and ironing board 
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors)
  • Seam gauge or measuring tape  
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine thread and needle

The steps:

   1. Iron the fabric and cut it to 40” x 36” 

   2. On the top of the fabric, the side that is 40” wide, fold over about a 1/2" on the top and iron.

   3. Fold the fabric over again, but this time fold it over 3" and iron.

   4. Undo the fold, this is preparation for the cuff/hem. Keep the 1/2" folded.

   5. Fold the fabric in half right sides together, hot dog style, and sew the bottom as well as the side, but not the top. You're folding the side that is 40"

   6. Sew with a 1/2” seam allowance. Make sure to backstitch!

When you get to the corner, pivot before you get to the edge, to keep the seam allowance the same as you sew. 

At the top of the pillowcase, sew over the 1/4” fold that you ironed before. Leave the top open (do not sew the top!) and make sure that you are sewing right sides together. 

   7. Flip the pillowcase right side out and flip in the fold we made before, this should be easy because we ironed the creases! Pin the fold down to keep it secure. 

   8. Sew along the edge on the inside with a short seam allowance. When you get to the seam that you sewed in step 6, press the seam open with your finger, and sew over it.

How did your pillowcase turn out?

I can't believe that the 'course' is over! I hope that you enjoyed the course and learned a lot about sewing. 😊💙

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