If you are looking for a way to update your room and not want to break the bank, updating something as simple as your pillow could do the trick. You don’t even need to go out and buy some new pillows. Creating a new pillowcase is a fun and easy way to update your pillows.
If you are new to sewing or have never sewn before making pillowcases is a great first project. Follow this step by step guide to start creating your new pillowcases. A sewing machine is not required either. A simple needle and some thread will do the trick.
Besides adding a few more minutes to the process, sewing a pillowcase by hand is very similar to that of using a sewing machine. But, don’t let the thought of working with a needle and thread deter you from completing this project. There are a couple of reasons why you would want to use a needle and thread.
- Cost – It is inexpensive to purchase these two materials (needle and thread)
- Ease- anyone can learn to hand stitch.
Steps on How To Hand Sew A Pillow Case
Step 1: Decide on Fabric
Picking out fabric is the best part. It allows you to decide on a style that can change the dynamic of the room.
Finding the right color that will fit your scheme is one of the most important things to consider. There are a few things that you must consider when selecting a fabric.
How will the pillow be used?
The pillowcase will need to feel comfortable against the skin for one but in what capacity. Satin, soft cotton, jersey knit, and flannel are all excellent choices. Now you must consider the pillow use. Will it be used for decorative purposes? Or one that you would like to curl up with and enjoy a good night sleep.
If you’re going to sleep on your pillowcases, make sure to choose a washable fabric for sleeping. If used for decorative purposes, then the material would not need to be as soft or as easy to wash.
Step 2: Cut Fabric
Use a scissor or rotary cutter to cut the fabric to size for a standard pillow.
Remember when cutting patterned fabric, make sure that pattern is straight after cutting.
Step 3: Fold Fabric
Now fold the fabric in half, length-wise with finished sides together. The other side of the fabric, or wrong side, should be facing out.
Step 4: Pin (Font and Back) sides Together
Pin the sides together (remember the wrong sides should be facing out). Leave the bottom edge open that way the pillow can be slid into the case later. Start pinning 2” from the bottom corner and work your way across the case, placing the last pin roughly 2” from the other bottom corner.
Step 5: Sew
Starting at your first pin at the bottom corner, thread your needle and start hand sewing. Bring your needle through both layers of fabric.
Move the needle (over 1.8”) and then push the needle back through both layers of fabric.
Keep repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have worked your way around the whole pillow, until reaching the last corner, stopping about 2” away from the corner on the bottom edge of the fabric.
Step 6: Cut off the thread
Pull a small amount of fabric located right next to the tread. Slowly pull your needle and thread through making sure not to pull it entirely through leaving just a small loop of thread. Pull your needle and thread through the loop.
Step 7: Use the Corners
Carefully clip the fabric that is located at the four corners, making sure not to cut the stitches. Now turn the fabric right side out. Then reach in and push out the bottom two corners.
Step 8. Insert Pillow
Now that your pillowcase is complete, you can now place your pillow into the pillowcase.
Hopefully, after completion, you are feeling accomplished. Not only have you added a little style and color to your room but gained a little confidence in your sewing capabilities so you can start your next project.