Skip to main content

How to sew a pillow case: Final exam

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.


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!

Recommended read: Learning to sew article series


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. 😊💙


Recommended: Learn sewing

Recommended: Sewing projects


Leave a comment below and let me know if you made a straight line on the paper! And don't forget to subscribe to stay up to date with all of Lizzsews new articles. See you next time!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

10 Things You Need To Start Machine Embroidery Today

 This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews . How to start machine embroidery! Here’s everything that you need to get started with machine embroidery! Without spending too much! Are you interested in sewing? Recommended read:  10 things you'll need to start sewing! 1. You are going to need an embroidery machine . You can use any embroidery machine you want. Here are a couple of examples: The Brother se600. This machine can do both sewing and embroidery, and is the best budget embroidery machine! I highly suggest this machine. The brother pe550D! This is an embroidery-only machine, with awesome Disney embroidery designs! The brother se1900. I recommend the Brother brand for sewing and embroidery machines. To note here: determine your budget, determine how much you have to spend on embroidery supplies (and blanks ) and how much you have to spend on your machine. Purchase the largest embroidery hoop that you can afford! The se600 is an amazing machine and I highly recomm

Guide To The Three Main Machine Embroidery Stabilizers

 This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews . Here is everything that you need to know about the three main machine embroidery stabilizers. Stabilizers are important in machine embroidery; they prevent puckering and support the fabric.  The stabilizer goes underneath the fabric you are embroidering. Although there are some stabilizers that will go on top of certain types of fabric, this is called a topper.  A bottom stabilizer is always needed, you can never embroider without stabilizer, but a stabilizer topper is only needed for certain blanks. The three main types of stabilizers are cutaway, tearaway, and wash away.  The first is a cutaway stabilizer. A cutaway stabilizer can be used on clothes and many different types of fabric. The cutaway stabilizer is permanent and is mainly designed for knit fabric. It is non-woven and helps get rid of pulled or sagging stitches.  The cutaway stabilizer has a lot of stretch resistance and stays intact after wearing, using, and launderin

Why Bobbin Thread Is Showing On The Top Of Your Embroidery Design

 This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews . Almost all of us have been there! Having bobbin thread show through on the top of your embroidery project is so annoying, especially when you don't know why!  Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself and how to fix them so you can prevent your bobbin thread from showing on top! Have you cleaned the race? The other day, my bobbin thread was showing on top, b efore I adjusted my tension (I always suggest to do whatever you can to fix the problem before adjusting tension) Recommended read: How to understand changing the tension on your embroidery machine Recommended read: How To Clean The Race On An Embroidery Machine I tried this neat trick, and surprisingly enough, it worked! Here’s what you do: Take a business card and use it to get the lint out from where the bobbin thread goes. You don’t want to use anything that with scratch your bobbin case.  Here’s a picture to show you how: Is your bobbin upside down?