My sewing machine has been busy this fall. I had a little time to spare and thought some homemade gifts would be fun. First on the list, pillowcases. My mom used to make these festive linens for holidays throughout the year, not just Christmas. I probably have a dozen or more that now serve as reminders of her. I use them all year long.
I made my first set of pillowcases with some bright and cheery snowman fabric that reminded me of a MichiGirl. To make them unique, I’ve combined two different fabrics in the design. I decided to use the “hot dog method” as suggested by the sales clerk at the fabric store. Yes, I had to google it. It’s an easy way to make a great pillowcase and keep all those seams tucked away. I followed the example and photos from the Conkerr Cancer website. There’s also a way to use three fabrics in the design if you’re feeling really creative.
- 3/4 yard of fabric to be your hot dog (the main piece)*
- 1/3 yard of fabric to be your hot dog bun (the accent piece)*
- thread to match your fabrics
- iron & ironing board
*Tips: These amounts of approximate. If you use non-directional fabric, you don’t have to worry about which way is up. Also, the hot dog bun material can likely be found if you shop in your own stash of fabric scraps.
Keep reading for instructions and more photos.
- Cut your hot dog bun fabric about 10 inches by fabric width (or about 40 inches)
- Cut your hot dog fabric about 27 inches by fabric width (or about 40 inches)
- Now it’s time to pin your hot dog and bun together.
- Pin right sides together of your two fabrics along the 40 inch side with just a few pins.
- Roll up your hot dog fabric into a tube towards the pinned edge.
- Wrap the bun fabric around the hot dog and pin these three layers together.
- Time to sew: stitch the three layers together with a 1/4 inch seam, removing the pins as you go.
- Carefully, pull your hot dog out of the bun.
- This will take several small pulls as this dog is over 3ft long.
- This magical process keeps your raw edges tucked away.
- Your pillowcase should look the picture above. Time to iron.
- Fold your pillowcase in half with wrong(!) sides together (to make French seams). Match up your seams and pin in strategic places.
- Start at the border/accent pieces and sew the two sides together with 1/4 inch seam, removing the pins as you go.
- Turn your pillowcase inside out and press your seams.
- Stitch again, this time with a 3/8 inch seam from the fold. Press your seams and your pillowcase is complete with no raw edges.
This was my first experience with French seams and I’m pleased with this little trick.
The process was tricky at first, but following the photos was really helpful. I’m happy with the way it turned out.
Matching pillowcases make a great gift set for the married couple on your gift list.
Or you can personalize them for individuals to enjoy. I made a few that were seasonal and others that matched hobbies/interests of the recipient. The more you make the faster you go. There’s plenty of time to make a few of these for Christmas.