Before the holidays the Hubs and I were talking about our favorite childhood gifts. He remembers getting a set of Peanuts pillowcases when he was just a little guy and mentioned how much he loved them. I searched online a bit and didn’t find any I liked, so the Boy and I decided to make him a set.
We found the Peanuts fabric at Fabric.com. They had a LOT of options – it was hard to narrow it down to two! In the end we went with a blue and green version of the same print, and made one set with a white body and Peanuts fabric accent, and one with a Peanuts fabric body and white accent. I like them so much I made one more set for myself with some quilting cottons from my stash and rickrack trim.
These are easy to cut out and make – they’re all straight cuts and straight seams. I did the cutting with the rotary cutter but the Boy did all the sewing on one set. It was his first time using the sewing machine and this was the perfect project. He did a great job!
I used the basic instructions from this tutorial for inspiration, but switched things up a little for the last set I made.
For each pillowcase you’ll need:
- 7/8 yard fabric for the main body*
- 3/8 yard accent fabric*
- Scrap fabric or a package of wide (1/2″) rickrack for the trim
Cut your main fabric to 27″ x 41″ and your accent fabric to 12″ x 41″ and set aside. *IF you’re confident your fabric store cuts fabric accurately, you can get away with 3/4 yard for the main body and 1/3 yard for the accent, and you’ll just have to trim the width a bit. I love my local fabric shop but every piece of fabric they’ve ever cut for me has been crooked, so I bought just a little more than I needed to be safe.
Step 1: Adding the trim
From the scrap fabric, cut a strip 1-1/2″ by 41,” or wider if you want a bigger band of color to show. At 1-1/2″ only about 1/4″ of the color will show when everything is put together.
Lay your accent fabric out right side up. Fold the and press the trim fabric in half lengthwise to create a 3/4″ x 41″ strip. Line up the raw edges of the trim fabric along one side of the accent fabric and pin into place.
If you’re using rickrack, you’ll need to line it up 1/4″ from the edge of the accent fabric so your seam will run down the center of the rickrack. I found it easiest to draw a line 1/4″ from the edge, line up the rickrack and baste it into place using a 1/2″ seam so it couldn’t shift during the rest of the steps.
Newbie sewing tip: See that strip of washi tape on my sewing machine? I used that to mark a 1/2″ seam when the Boy was sewing. It was much easier for him to keep the fabric aligned with a longer, more visible guide line.
From this point on, all the assembly steps are the same whether you’re using a trim fabric or rickrack.
Step 2: Creating the top edge
Lay your main body fabric on top of the accent fabric, right sides facing, with your trim sandwiched in between. Pin everything together.
Roll up the main body fabric until you can see the accent fabric underneath. Center the roll in the middle of the accent fabric, keeping it a couple inches away from the pinned edge.
Now grab the unpinned edge of the accent fabric and bring it up over the roll, encasing the rolled up main fabric in the middle. Line up the raw edges and pin them together.
Sew along the pinned edge with a 1/2″ seam, creating a long tube. For the version with the rickrack, I sewed right along the basting seam that’s holding the trim in place.
Reach into the tube, grab some of the rolled-up main fabric and turn the whole thing right side out. Trust me, it looks weird and it may take some tugging, but it WILL turn right side out.
See, I told you! Give it a good shake then press the seams. You now have a nice finished cuff with no raw edges.
Step 3: Side and bottom seams
Fold the pillowcase, WRONG sides together, matching the seam so the accent fabric or rickrack trim lines up.
Sew three sides with a 1/4″ seam, leaving the top (where the cuff is) open.
Turn the pillowcase wrong side out and press the seams, which are now on the inside of the pillowcase. Sew along the sides and bottom again, this time about 3/8″ from the edge. This will enclose all the raw edges.
Turn the pillowcase one more time (so it’s now right side out) and press it one last time. Done!
Sewing these takes next to no time. Even with running up and down stairs between every step (my ironing board is in the basement) I made the first pillowcase in about 20 minutes. And then I cut the body fabric for the second pillowcase to the wrong size. THREE TIMES. I made two additional trips to the fabric store and that second pillowcase took me four days. Once I finally got my cutting mojo back I whipped out the last two sets in an afternoon. Good grief!