Here’s the second part of the Pillow Case Tutorial originally posted in February 2009. Enjoy!!
This will be mostly visuals–you are going to finish the side seams of your pillow case by using a French seam.
But first press your pillow case flat, removing all the wrinkles. Then sew a top stitch along the length of the accent band through all layers about 1/4 inch from the seam line. If you don’t sew this down, the accent strip tends to get wrinkly in the dryer and doesn’t lay well.
Pin wrong sides together, (pretty side showing) raw edges even and sew 1/4″ seam down side and across bottom.
Pull pillow case inside out and press seams smoothly against the seam line. Sew a 3/8″ seam down the side and across bottom. This seam needs to be a little wider or you will end up with the raw edges from the French seam showing on the pretty side of the pillow case.
Let me know if all this makes sense and is easy to follow–have fun with this. Remember, you can enlarge these photos for detail clarification by putting your cursor on the photo and clicking on it. It’s a fast easy way to make last minute gifts for loved ones.
This pillow case was made for my Valentine’s sweetheart. Grins, Bari