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This Has Pin-Tential!

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last Pin-tential because we’ve been really busy putting on our extra winter padding, but it’s time to get back to testing out those pins.  And this week is another two-fer!  pillow2

I’ve wanted to make new pillowcases for our bedroom for a while now; ours are boring and sad, and inexplicably, we only have, like, 3 that fit our main pillows*.  I’d like a fresh pillowcase more often than our current amount allows, so the time has come to get stitching.

I pinned two different methods for making the pillowcase I envisioned, one from film in the fridge and another from The Cottage Home.  I used the dimensions from the film in the fridge tutorial for both my pillowcases because I wanted them to match when I was finished, but otherwise I followed each tutorial as presented.

The film in the fridge tutorial was pretty simple, but y’all?  I hate ironing tiny hems, so having to iron a 1/4″ under on the cuff edge and then fold the cuff over and stitch it down kind of annoyed me.  I did it anyway, and the resulting pillowcase is perfectly nice with its clean seams.

BUT!

The Cottage Home tutorial blew my mind.  You’re making the same style of pillowcase, but in a less fiddly manner.  In case you don’t feel like going and reading the tutorial, let me give a quick rundown.  You place your cuff right side up, place the body of the pillowcase right side up on top of that, matching the raw edges.  Then take your contrast band that’s been folded in half wrong sides together, and place that on top of the pillowcase body, again matching the raw edges.  Pin.  Now it gets crazy – roll up the pillowcase body into a little roll right up on top of the cuff, then bring the bottom unpinned edge of the cuff up to the pinned edge.  You’ll now have the rolled-up body of the pillowcase inside the cuff with the wrong side of the cuff facing out.  Pin the cuff edges together, then sew with a 1/4″ seam.  Now gently pull the pillowcase body out of the end of the cuff and turn the whole thing right side out.  Looky!  You have a perfect cuff with the contrast band nice and even and you only had to sew one seam! Genius.  I then topstitched that cuff edge just to make it nice and neat.  Then sew up the body of the pillowcase using French seams and it’s finished.

I love, love, love this method.  It is crazy fast, with no bothersome ironing of tiny hems, and it just makes a perfect cuff and contrast band.  It took less time than the other tutorial, the result was maybe even better, and it just feels like magic.  I want to make about a million more pillowcases.

Verdict?  If you need new pillowcases, I can’t recommend The Cottage Home method highly enough – it’s just so smart!pillow1

*The “main pillows” being the ones we put our heads on; the extra pillows that sleep in our bed are for cuddling with and also defending territory against spousal encroachment.