Years ago, I made pillow cases for pillows that we use to throw around when watching television. When I look at the work I did in making those cases, I am not too happy. There are so many loose threads! Today, I learned how to make a pillow case with a French seam. I hope I can do it again because my friend helped me make this one and I was a bit confused. When something is made with a French seam, all the raw edges get hidden in an elegant finished seam. Here is the little travel pillow I made today.
Instruction list for making a pillow case.
By Janet Wickell
Fabrics for One Pillowcase
All fabrics are cut across the fabric’s crosswise grain — from selvage to selvage. Use fabrics that are 42″ – 44″ wide; slight differences in width aren’t a problem, because you’ll trim everything to match later.
Pillowcase body: 28″ x full fabric width
Pillowcase cuff: 10″ x full fabric width
Pillowcase accent: 1-1/2″ x full fabric width
1. Fold the pillowcase body panel as it came off of the bolt, placing the panel vertically in front of you. Remove the selvages from the open side while using your rotary equipment to keep the sides of the panel at a 90-degree angle to each other.
2. Remove selvages from cuff and accent strip.
3. Press the 1-1/2″ accent strip in half all along its length, wrong sides together.
4. Place your 10″ deep cuff fabric on the table right side up, with what were originally its selvage edges to the left and right. Fabric should be its full width.
5. Place the folded accent strip along the top edge of the cuff fabric, raw edges matched.
6. Place the body fabric on top of the pile, right side down, matching its raw edge with the other aligned edges.
7. Pin the matched raw edges together and sew along the entire width (about 41-42″) with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
10. Open up the unit and press the accent seam towards the pillow body.