I will admit, I do not always pin when I’m sewing. But I definitely pin, and pin a lot, when making pillowcases.
Look what I found! Some Halloween fabric, so am auditioning fabrics.
Step #1: Lay the Band fabric on your table, Right side up.
Step #2: Lay the Pillowcase Body fabric on top of the Band fabric, Right side up. Line up the raw edges. Add a few pins.
Tip: I will usually fold the fabric to find the middle and pin the middle of each fabric first and then pin toward the edges. (See the two pins above.)
Step #3: (Optional Trim)
Fold the Trim fabric in half, length-wise, wrong-side together, and iron
Lay the folded Trim on top of the Pillowcase Body fabric, lining up the raw edges & pin.
Step #4: This is where this pattern gets it’s name: Hot Dog, Sausage Roll, Burrito, etc. I’ve heard it called by a number of names.
Fold the Pillowcase Body fabric almost to the raw edges, and then roll the rest of it, but stop a couple of inches from the raw edges.
Step #5: Bring the bottom raw edge of the Pillowcase Band fabric up, over the rolled Body and line up the raw edges and Pin – Pin – Pin!
Step #6: Time to Sew! Using 1/4-3/8” seam allowance and a Walking foot, stitch all the pieces together.
Tip: This is a thick seam – a minimum of 3 layers and, if using the Trim, a maximum of 5 layers, and this will shift if you do not use a Walking Foot. Because of the thickness, you may want to lengthen your stitch width just a tad.
Step #7: The fun part! Carefully pull the Pillowcase Body out of the roll.
OK, you caught me. Not all of my snacks are healthy! But sewing Halloween fabric got me thinking of one of my favorite treats this time of year – Candy Corn & Planter’s Peanuts. I had the Candy Corn, but will have to pick up some Peanuts.
Step #8: More Ironing! Iron the seam between the Band and the Pillowcase Body, being careful to avoid making any tucks. I usually iron the whole pillowcase because of all the wrinkles that happen with the rolling.
I iron the Band on both the front and the back to get both sides of the seam pressed and the top fold sharp.
Ta Da! You now have a beautiful Band stitched to the Pillowcase Body without any raw edge seam!
Two more seams and this Pillowcase will be done! I’m making progress. How about you?