Each family has only 3 kids, so I bought yardage of three different Christmas prints. The pillowcases make it even easier when everyone gets home from the larger family Christmas craziness. I did these for my own kids several years ago and they still pull them off their pillows to use on Christmas morning!
I made the pillowcases a little big, using one yard of fabric for each case, turned the top under twice for a regular depth hem, and the normal 5/8 inch seam allowance on the side and bottom. I did double-stitch the bottom, just for reinforcements. Total sewing time, maybe ten minutes; Name printing time, probably closer to ten minutes each, using sharpie-type permanent markers.
Source: My aunt made all of us cousins cross-stitched pillow cases one Christmas, back in the day. I still have one of mine! Those were "normal pillowcases". The Christmas ones came out of my own frustration with multi-parted Christmas gifts that got all mixed up!
By MooseMom from Elk Grove, CA
When I buy sheets, I don't buy sets, but individual flat and full queen sized sheets. If I can't find a matching full flat sheet, I'll get a coordinating solid color for the pillowcases. 2 full flat sheets will also make a queen comforter cover.
By soup-lady from near Boston, MA
Source: In memory of Catherine Arabie Payne
By Southernbelleklb from Jefferson, LA
Approximate Time: 1 hour or less
If you are making your pillowcase from scratch, do this first. You can always use a new or used pillowcase too.
Iron your pillowcase flat.
Cut out the letters of your receiver's name, or shapes relating to their hobby, get creative! It doesn't need to be too neat.
Iron your shapes.
Using your gluestick, glue your shapes/letters in place. Use pins to hold them on as well.
Sew around the edges with a needle and thread or sewing machine, being careful not to sew into the back
Sew on any embellishments like ribbon or lace, wherever you like. Now your pillowcase is ready to wrap and give!
By Emily from Sydney, Australia
Recently, I found some beautiful tricot sheets with gorgeous wide lace on them, and all I did was measure (twice), cut, and sew. And it only took an hour's worth of time to make them. Not only that, but you have plenty of fabric to make even more, and you have only spent a few dollars to make several very nice pillow cases!
I have foam pillows, so I make my pillow cases 20 inches wide by 31-1/2 inches long, and this gives a good fit. Since the lace border is already finished, this saves you a lot of time.
By CDC from FL
For example, my husband loves old cars, one of my nephews likes pirates, the other likes monkeys, so I was able to find material in these patterns (some was on sale, and some were actual remnants at a bigger discount). I washed the flannel, measured a regular pillowcase, and added enough for seams and hems and stitched them up in a few hours.
You can make them bigger if they have queen or king sized pillows. They are soft, something the receiver will use often, and pretty inexpensive to make. You can make matching sets too.
By mombak1 from Seattle, WA
I would like to make my own pillowcases. Is there someone who would share the cut out dimensions with me? Also, does anyone have the dimensions for making a twin bed sheet?
By Diane from Costa Rica
My Mother always just measured the width and length of the pillow and added a little more for the width, plus some for the seam allowance and hem.
Are you looking for a fun, inexpensive and easy craft to make as gifts for the Holidays?
Try making pillowcases. There are many simple patterns online and since it takes such a little bit of fabric, you can really stretch your dollars and give everyone a nice gift. I have 19 nieces and nephews, and last year EVERYONE got pillowcases - I was able to pick out fun colors or themes that matched their personalities, hobbies or interests - and since I bought the fabrics a little at a time when they were on sale or I had a coupon, each one cost me around $3 to make, so I was able to stay within a very tight budget. The kids love them, and some of the parents even asked if they were getting ones this year.
By Regina from Rochester, NY
When the page comes up click on free projects at the top of the page. The pillowcase I'm talking about is called "Warm and Snuggle Pillow case". Click on that to find the instructions as well as a picture. You will find all sorts of free projects to look up,so have fun!! I especially like the polar fleece projects. Judy in Alabama (08/22/2007)