Twin-size sheet sets usually come with a matching pillowcase. But this pillowcase may not be what you had in mind for your bedroom décor. Purchasing an additional pillowcase or sham can be expensive, and you may not find the fabric or style you seek. Save money by making your own custom twin-size pillowcase using fabric of your choice. These pillowcases use very little fabric, and are an economical way to give your bedding a decorator look for a reasonable cost.
- 1/4 yard 100 percent cotton fabric for cuff
- 3/4 yard 100 percent cotton fabric for main body
- Sewing pins
- Ribbon or ricrac
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
Wash your fabric in warm water, and dry it on a high setting in your clothes dryer. Iron it flat to remove wrinkles.
Fold each piece of fabric so the selvage edges line up and the right sides are together. Cut a rectangle on the fold of the fabric for your cuff piece -- measuring 21 inches by 9 inches. Unfold this rectangle so it lays flat, and set it aside. Cut a rectangle on the fold of the fabric for your main body fabric -- measuring 21 inches by 26 inches. Unfold this rectangle so it lays flat.
Set your iron to its steam setting. Fold the cuff rectangle piece in half lengthwise, so the right sides face out and the long raw edges meet. It will create a long rectangle piece measuring 42 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide. Iron the cuff piece so it lays flat.
Cut a piece of ribbon or ricrac measuring 42 inches long. Place your main pillowcase rectangle so it is right-side-up on a flat surface, with one of the 42-inch edges on the top. Place your ribbon or ricrac faceup along the top edge of the pillowcase rectangle. Match up the long, raw edges of your cuff piece on top of your ribbon or ricrac. Pin all the layers together.
Thread your sewing machine, and set it for a short straight stitch. Sew along the pinned edge using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Reset your machine for a medium zigzag stitch. Sew along the pinned edge again, below the straight seam you just sewed. The zigzag stitch should encase the raw edge of the seam, so it won't ravel or fray. Backstitch at the end of your zigzag seam, and remove the pins.
Iron the seam you sewed down, so it lays flat against the pillowcase. Fold the pillowcase in half, so the side and bottom edges of the pillowcase meet with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Pin the seams together.
Sew along the pinned side and bottom edges of your pillowcase, using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Reset your machine for a medium zigzag stitch. Sew along the pinned edges again, using a medium zigzag stitch to encase the raw edges. Remove the pins. Turn the pillowcase inside out, and carefully press out all the corners. Iron your pillowcase, and place it on your pillow.
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