Introduction: Easy Pillow Cases - Brighten Up Your Bedroom!

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A fun, easy, fast way to brighten up your bedroom is to make some colorful pillow cases. This project can be done by anyone with a free afternoon. You can whip up these dazzling cases at a fraction of the cost of buying them. (Making six pillow cases cost me $15.00 at the fabric shop) It will be much more satisfying to pick out your own fabric designs and create them for your bedroom. Because I live in Hawaii, I am partial to bold Hawaiian prints. Take a trip to the fabric store and choose what colors/designs/prints make you happy. Only 1 yard per pillow case is needed.

I just want to say that using a sewing machine is not a gender thing. A sewing machine is just a wonderful tool that can attach pieces of fabric together. It's sort of like soft carpentry. So guys out there, it will open a world of creativity for you if you learn to use this tool for projects.

Step 1: Materials / Tools Needed

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1 yard of fabric per pillow case (36" x 46" wide)

Tools:

sewing machine

matching thread

ruler or yardstick or measuring tape

scissors or rotary cutter

straight pins

pencil or marking chalk

iron

Step 2: Cut Fabric

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Fabric must be cut to 41" high x 33 1/2" long.

Next step will make it easy.

Step 3: Cut the Length

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With the yard of fabric folded in half:

Measure 33 1/2" of length and mark with chalk or pencil in several places, then draw line joining marks.

Cut the fabric with cutter or scissors.

Step 4: Cut the Height

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With fabric still folded, measure 2 1/2" from the bottom of the length. Do that all the way across. Draw a line connecting the marks. Cut that 2 1/2" off the bottom following the line you just drew.

Step 5: Use the Sewing Machine

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Turn the fabric to the wrong side ( not the main side) and fold in half so the main design side is facing each other (and on the inside).

Pin together the sides (a) height, and (b) length.

Sew together pinned sides using 1/2" seam allowance. Follow the seam guide* on your sewing machine. see photo.

Now you should have 2 side sewn closed and one open side.

*seam guide is the markings on the plate on the sewing machine on the right side of the foot. The ends of the fabric should be flush with the 1/2" marking.

Step 6: Iron Open the Longest Seam (the Length Side)

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Open the seam of the longest side. Ironing seam open - using a hot iron, open the seam and iron it. Go to the end of the seam (to the corner).

Step 7: Seam on Open Edge

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With the pillow case still inside-out, measure a 1/2"seam on the edge and iron it. I did it with my trusty little tool they sell at quilt shops (but you don't need that, just measure with a ruler)

When you are done, you will have a 1/2" ironed seam all the way around the open edge.

Step 8: Cut a Cardboard Gauge

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Out of heavier paper stock (like a cereal box) cut a gauge that is 4" x 12".

Step 9: Use 4" Gauge

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Take your pillow case and use the gauge to fold over (like a cuff) and iron a 4" hem.

Step 10: Sew the Hem

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With your machine, sew the hem (see photo) right around the whole opening of the pillow case.

Step 11: Turn the Pillow Case Right Side Out

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Turn the case right side out and you are done! Get your pillow and put it in the case.

Step 12: New Pillow Cases Will Breathe New Life Into Your Bedroom This Summer!

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Simple, inexpensive and fun!

*if you liked this instructable, could you please click on the Vote button on the upper right corner. I entered the Bedroom Contest. Your vote would be appreciated. This is my first instructable that is not food related...maybe I will do more.

Comments

homesteadcat (author)2016-01-11

Thanks for the compliment. I made many more and gave them away as gifts. Everyone loved the bold Hawaiian prints and bright colors. I think I'll get more fabric and sell them on my etsy site. It brightens up the room when we have gloomy winter days.

cbjack (author)2016-01-11

Your pillow cases make me feel joyful, they are beautiful!

JazmineR (author)2015-06-13

Do you happen to know if the store you got your fabric at had a website? Mahalo.

homesteadcat (author)JazmineR2015-06-14

I live on the Big Island of Hawaii and there is a shop in Kailua-Kona called Discount Fabric Warehouse. They have a wide variety of Hawaiian prints to choose from. I was lucky to catch these on sale at different visits. They do have a website -

http://www.gotfabric.com/shop/TROPICAL--HAWAIIAN--ORIENTAL-/Tropical--Hawaiian-PolyCotton-Blend.htm?v=2&pageNum=1

What I see here online is just a fraction of what they have to offer. I guess now you gotta come to Hawaii and go fabric shopping.

thefrosters (author)2015-06-13

Your pillow cases are so lovely and professional. They make the room look bright and cheerful. I just learned how to sew and your project inspires me to do more for my own home. Thanks for sharing your good idea, instructions and creativity!

homesteadcat (author)thefrosters2015-06-14

Thanks! Your comments make me feel that posting this was worth it. I found so much satisfaction in sewing. Make it instead of buying it. You have more control over the look of your surroundings when you choose your own fabrics, instead of hunting around for ready made things, and settling for it. Let your own creativity shine through.

amberrayh (author)2015-06-10

Your pillow cases look great! Thanks for sharing how you made them.

homesteadcat (author)amberrayh2015-06-10

Sharing is fun when I get feedback. I appreciate your nice words. Mahalo.

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