MINIDIY - The Pillowcase

Added on by martine nicolay.

After loosing my second architect job in 2013, I went out and bought myself a self-pity present - a sewing machine. Nothing fancy, a very basic machinery and it comes in the colour combination of the famous Swedish furniture company! Until then, I did not know how to sew - and never tried to!

Luckily I had the best teacher visiting last summer, who gave me a quick live tutorial - my dear sister Michelle! (Remember her Kanzashi Flower tutorial?! )

Since, I have been sewing a few simple designs - honestly mostly squares! Pouches, bags, tote bags, scarves... and a few pillow cases for Léonore's new reading corner

I know I am not the only one experiencing this DIY-high - as a fun fact: the sewing machine was the number one gift for christmas in France in 2013!! I find it very rewarding to make something myself in an hour or two... and it is not that far off from architecture... there are some measurements involved, you have to think in 3D a bit, and what makes or breaks it are the construction details! 

Anyhow, I thought I am going to share this very easy pillowcase tutorial with you! 

For an 50x50cm pillow, you will need:

  • 125x50cm piece of fabric (if you like the pillow very tucked in, I would recommend 110x45cm)
  • thread same colour as fabric
  • sewing machine
  1. Lay fabric wrong-side up. On both 50 cm sides, fold over 1 cm and press, fold over another 1 cm and press again. Machine stitch both ends. 
  2. Fold fabric, always wrong side up, first 50 in, then flap over the 25 cm piece.
  3. With right-sides together, stitch the remaining two raw edges together - making sure to catch the flap piece in the seam.
  4. Using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, stitch around the two raw edges to prevent them from fraying. Turn the pillowcase right-side out - DONE!

For this pillowcase, I was inspired by simple sewing!

Have fun sewing and please feel free to share your work with me! I am curious to see!