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This year, I am giving each of my grand-nieces and nephews (ten of them at last count!) a personalized pillowcase made of Christmas-print cotton fabric. My daughter is putting the names on the opening edge, so everyone will know whose is whose.
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
I can't bear to pay what stores charge for pillowcases, even on sale, so I make my own. With trial and error, I've learned that you can make 6 standard size pillow cases from one full-sized flat sheet with virtually no waste.
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
As we outgrew our favorite skirts or long dress, my mom used to cut a pillow case out of it. That way, we kept our favorite skirts longer, and it saved on pillow cases. If you have long skirts, use them for king or queen size pillow cases.
Source: In memory of Catherine Arabie Payne
By Southernbelleklb from Jefferson, LA
Approximate Time: 1 hour or less
By Emily from Sydney, Australia
After many washings a fitted sheet had seen its better days, but only in some spots. Not wanting to throw away a half way good sheet, I decided to make pillow cases from the good side. I used the pillow cases to make the pattern and as I don't have a sewing machine I just hand stitched while I watched TV. I made 3 pillow cases from the "ruined" sheet!
Total Time: about 3 1/2 TV shows
Yield: depends on the size of the sheet you use
Here's a good gift idea for almost anyone on your Christmas list: a pillowcase. For one standard size pillow case, purchase one yard of cotton fabric. I buy remnants usually for just a dollar or two a yard.
If you browse thrift stores as frequently as I do, you will find some very nice sheets. I am always searching for nice tricot or satin sheets to make pillow cases out of.
I covered an old pillow with this fabric remnant from Walmart. I wrapped the pillow in the fabric, sewed three sides and then tucked in the open end and secured with three double tied bows. The remnant only cost me 75¢. Now during the dark winter days I have a pretty and bright pillow.
I am always trying to find inexpensive Christmas gifts I can make for everyone in my family. This year, I made pillowcases. I bought a yard of soft flannel for each case, with patterns on it that reflect what each member of the family likes.
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I am looking for pillowcase patterns.
There are several links for different pillowcases here: http://sewing.a kly/aa061505.htm
If you are making plain pillowcases, start with 1 1/2 yard of fabric, fold in half, sew 2 sides together and hem bottom. Can decorate with lace, ribbon, applique or whatever.
Try SewMamaSew.com there's one just been posted this week...it's a tutorial I think. They have new stuff all the time.
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
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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
A simple knit or crochet lace edging would be really pretty on the pillowcases. (08/21/2007)
I have another suggestion for a pillow case made out of polar fleece. They are warm and cuddly and oh so easy to make. You will find many other free projects on this same site. Type in HancockFabrics.com then click go. When the page comes up click on "Hancock Fabrics Online Fabric Store"
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)