Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Boy Spaces: Themed Pillowcase Tutorial
Long, long ago, I opened up my messy brain to show you what I was planning for S's superhero themed bedroom. 6 months later the room is yet to be completed. Really, all I have left is the quilt. Want to know why it's still incomplete? After all of the unpacking and settling in this Fall, and my oldest asking for a new theme for HIS new bedroom, I realized I wasn't willing to spend time making a detailed superhero themed quilt that would most likely be dismissed when S decided that his big brother's room was way cooler. You know, because EVERYTHING the big brother does is cool and to be copied.
The quilt was put on hold and C was told he would have to wait a bit until the current knight themed room was changed over. There had to be a way to spruce up their bedding without breaking the bank or having to scrap the entire space as their interests changed.
I decided that pillow cases were a good place to start. With a small bit of themed fabric (vintage sheets work great for this), the boys get to dream away surrounded by their favorite characters and I'm not pulling my hair out when they change their minds.
They only cost as much as the fabric and they're easy to sew. Our pillows are about 20 X 29 inches. I like pillow cases to over lap the pillow on the end, so my fabric requirements are based on those measurements.
3/4 yard main fabric
1/4 yard coordinating fabric
1 1/2 inch X width of fabric strip for trim (optional)
With your fabrics folded, cut 1
* 26 X 41 inch rectangle (if your working with fabrics from your stash, no worries if you don't have the full amount. You can adjust the size of the coordinating fabric if necessary)
* 11 X 41 (or same size as the main rectangle) inch rectangle
* 1 1/2 X 41 inch strip
Fold trim in half, wrong sides together and press.
Now you're ready to assemble the pillow case and sew it all together.
Open up your 11 inch cuff piece and place it right side up. On top of this piece align the long end of the 26 inch piece, also right side up. On top of this, place the long raw edge of your trim piece and pin all three layers together.
Sew along the raw edge of the three layers using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Then finish the seam with a zig-zag stitch
Press the seam allowance up (toward the cuff) and then iron the edge of the cuff under 1/4 inch.
Fold the ironed edge, of the cuff, down so it meets the trim (about 1/4 inch should be showing) and press.
Pin in place or use water soluble tape to hold the cuff in place and top stitch in place, making sure you are covering your original seam.
Now fold your pillow case in half, wrong sides together aligning the edges and pin in place. Double check to make sure your cuff edges match.
Sew along both edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim your corners and finish the seams with a zig-zag stitch, pinking, or serger.
Flip your pillow case right side out and voila', instant boy themed embellishment!