Easy Tube Pillow Case Tutorial - Support the Million Pillowcase Challenge!

Uploaded by MissouriQuiltCo on 12.03.2010

Hi, itís Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. American Patchwork and Quilting is
sponsoring a pillowcase challenge. They would like us to make one million pillowcases to
donate to local charities and really all you have to do is make one, and take it to a local
charity, and then you want to go to this all people quilt, one million pillowcases address
that you can find in all your local magazines and let them know how many youíve donated.
They want to reach a million!
So we thought weíd show you a really quick, fun way to make a pillowcase. The first thing
you need are three different kinds of fabric. Your main pillowcase fabric, and youíll need
27î of this. So youíre going to want to cut 27î, and that is three quarters of a
So, weíll cut that right here. Donít you think this butterflies is so adorable? We
just love Me and My Sister! Itíll make some little girl very happy. Alright, the next
piece you need is a 9î piece and this will be the cuff. So, weíll open this one up.
This is another fun piece. This is from Henry Glass. Letís see weíre going to do 9î,
and you always want to make sure your first cut is straight. This one is just a tad wonky,
so weíre going to straighten it up, and then weíll come over here 9î and make our cut.
Now the last little piece is one of those little tiny,
itís like a piece of piping only itíll be about 1î wide, and thatís just a little
flap. Itís 2î of fabric, and so you can use, lots of these you can use scraps for!
There we go weíll cut this 2î.
Alright, and now what weíre going to do is weíre going to lay all of these on top of
each other and weíre going to cut our salvages off. We want them all to be exactly the same
size. So, weíre going to lay these on here. Match up our fold lines, Iím going to do
it this way. Itíll be easier for me and easier for you to see. Weíre going to match all
of those up, and then weíre just going to take our ruler, weíre going to use our long
ruler for this, and weíre going to cut off this salvage. There we go.
Alright, now what weíre going to do, is weíre going to go over to the iron, and weíre going
to press this right in half, and weíre also going to press this one in half. So, weíll
go do that right now. Weíll meet you back at the cutting table. So, over at the ironing
board, you can see, we took this and we just folded it right in half and pressed a crease
in it, and we did the same thing with this 9î piece. We are, however, going to open
up this 9î piece now, and now weíre going to show you how this is designed. The reason,
itís pretty easy to make a pillowcase, but the reason we wanted to do a tutorial on this
is, this is one of those thatís going all over online, and it is a very fun, quick way
to make a pillowcase and we thought you might enjoy a tutorial on it.
So, what weíre going to do is weíre going to put that piece face up, right here, and
weíre going to put this piece on top of it, and weíre going to line up all
our raw edges here, and then weíre going to put our little tiny piece on top of that,
just like this. Then what we do is, weíre going to reach down here to the bottom of
our fabric and weíre going to roll it up and make a tube. So, weíre rolling, and weíre
rolling. All this is going to go inside like this, nice little tube. Then weíre going
to bring this back piece over to the top, and weíre going to pin all four, or five
layers of this together, because weíre going to stitch right along this line here.
So, we want to make sure that all these get pinned. Theyíre lined up right smack with
each other. So, I hope you got that. We rolled the tube, bring this piece around thatís
been laid face over on the bottom, bring it up, you want to make sure you get them pinned
in because you donít want any surprises. Well, we love surprises but not this kind.
Alright, so now what youíre going to do, once you get all this pinned together is weíre
going to go over, and weíre going to sew ºî all along this edge, and then Iíll show
you what we do next. So, why donít you follow me over to the sewing machine, and weíll
get that done.
So, here we are with our tube thatís all pinned together. All our layers are pinned
together so weíll be able to sew. Now you donít want to sew the ends closed, just along
the long side of the pillowcase, and weíre going to sew ºî, so, here we go.
Alright, so weíre just going to sew along here, weíve got all our layers in. What thisíll
do is it will make all the seams on the inside of the pillow completely enclosed. You wonít
see any seams, except for your side seam to sew your pillowcase up, all the seams will
be completely enclosed. I think this is a really nice challenge to be apart of. It doesnít
require a lot of material or a lot of time, and to those people who are suffering, or
foster children, or people in a nursing home, just to have something that somebody made
for you is, just a really sweet gesture. So we like that weíre apart of that. OK, here
we are at the end. Alright, letís go back to the cutting table.
OK, so here we are with our tube! Now letís let this magic begin, and you just reach inside
here and youíre going to pull this tube out, and you just keep pulling and pulling. Itís
going to be amazing! Youíre going to love it! Alright, here we go weíre at the end,
so, see thereís our piece, with our little lip, and our pillowcase. Is that not the cutest
thing, and look at this! All the seams are inside! So, now all we have to do is, we fold
this pillowcase over on itself, like this, and weíre going to stitch across the top
and down the side, and you can do that and zig-zag it to keep it from raveling. You can
serge it if you have a serger. You can even do a French Seam, which is where you would
sew it to the inside and then enclose that seam and pull it out. Weíre just going to
do a regular seam to show you this. So, weíll head back over to the sewing machine.
So, now when you put these together to sew your side seam, you just want to make sure
that these two pieces of the bottom part match up, and your two little pink, or piping pieces
match up, and then weíll just sew this down here. Itís probably a good idea to pin that.
See, how those are, you want those to line up there. So, weíll just make sure they do.
Put a little pin in there. Youíre probably going to want to trim that edge off when you
get it sewn down.
So, that itís nice and straight. Then weíll just sew up and around the edge. Here we go.
Hi, weíre back here at the cutting table, and you can see, this is your pillowcase inside
out finished. I went ahead and serged the edge, well, because I can. I have a serger.
So, we just serged along the edge of that, and serged the top. Now weíll turn it right
side out, and these are just so fun, and quick, and vÛila there you have it, an adorable
little pillowcase! Isnít that sweet? This thing folds up, youíll want to try and press
it down, but it actually goes up.
Hereís another one I want to show you that we did in this Riley Blake line of fabric
with the cars. Isnít that adorable? Wouldnít some boy love to have that on his bed? Little
stop signs, and see we used the little thing in, and so just remember 27î, 9î, 2î, and
roll them up into a tube!
We hope you enjoy this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.