Sometimes my impatience and stubbornness get the best of me. About a year ago, I created a ton of new matching pillowcases because I was tired of tracking down two matching pillowcases in a sea of different-colored cases. Did I wash both blue pillowcases at the same time? If so, where the pooh is the other blue pillowcase? Not to mention, Charlie and I each use two pillows, which means I need two blue pillowcases AND two more cases to coordinate.
I have no idea why I’m a fanatic about having coordinating pillowcases. I’m so weird. Anyway back to my point, about a year ago I whipped up a ton of coordinating pillowcases using a quick but awful technique. The results kept me happy for a few months, and I was so proud of myself for finding coordinating fabrics. As the months passed, the glaring flaws and stitches started to drive me crazy and I knew I needed to fix the pillowcases. And I needed to use a different but super simple method.
I briefly thought about buying new fabric and starting all over, but I didn’t like the idea of throwing away the fabric or refashioning it into something else. I found so many refashion projects as I unpacked box after box from the move. I have enough refashion projects and enough fabric waiting for my sewing machine. Instead of tossing the ugly pillowcases into my fabric bin, I decided to fix them. I hacked off the coordinating trim and cut off the seams, leaving me with two rectangles.
Before creating pillowcases 1.0, I had reviewed a few tutorials explaining the easy process of sewing one simple seam to bind three parts of the pillowcase — the body, the sliver of trim, and the coordinating cuff. At the time, I had no idea what the instructors were talking about. Align the fabric. Roll up the body. Fold the cuff. Sew a seam. Pull the body out. I was lost. I was clueless. So, I created my own crappy process for pillowcase 1.0. This time around, I think I understood the process.
To make sure pillowcase 2.0 would be better and last longer than a year, I just used two pieces of fabrics — the body and the cuff. I laid out the cuff fabric, with the pattern side facing me. Then I laid the body fabric on top of the cuff, aligning up the raw edges together. Very carefully, I rolled the body fabric up to an inch of the raw edge and folded the cuff in half, lining up that edge with the two raw edges. Basically, the cuff is folded in half, with the edges lined up and body rolled up inside.
The two cuff seams and the one body seam should be lined up. Sew a straight stitch across the width of the folded cuff. Then carefully pull the fabric body out of the cuff, and what should you see? The body of the pillowcase sewn to the cuff without any thread or raw edges in sight! AMAZING! From there, I used a french seam to finish the pillowcase. If I had more patience, I would’ve tried adding a trim to one of the cases, but for the most part, I’m pretty happy with pillowcase 2.0.