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Magic Pillow Case (Simple, simple, simple)

I had a little fun with my sewing machine and serger tonight.  You do not need a serger to do this.  I wanted to play with my new serger so I used it.

I made one of those “Magic Pillow Cases”.  I love making them.  I think this makes my 7th or 8th one to make.  Each time I am excited to see the magic.

Materials:

Main fabric 27″ x 42″ (3/4 yard)

Cuff Piece 9″ x 42″

Accent Piece 2″ x 42″ ( I used a 4″ wide piece to see how it would look)

cut selvage make sure all 3 pieces are same width.

Iron cuff and accent pieces in half lengthwise

Pieces for pillow case

Pieces for pillow case

Lay out your cuff right side up.

Place main piece face up on top of it lining up raw edges

Put accent piece on top of that.

Roll up main piece to within an inch of the top leaving cuff piece unrolled.

Fold over the cuff piece so you’ve “sandwiched” in the rolled main piece.

Pin all your raw edges forming a tube.

You will sew that tube down the length only (sew 1/4″ from edge)

DO NOT sew up the ends.  Leave them open!

This is the magic part… It amazes me every time! Once you’ve sewn your tube, reach in and grab the main fabric and pull it out.

Body, cuff and accent sewn together

Body, cuff and accent sewn together

Fold your pillow case in half wrong sides out and sew up the bottom and one side.

sides and bottom sewn closed

sides and bottom sewn closed

Turn in right side out and voila! One pillow case completed!

Completed Pillow case

Completed Pillow case

If my written directions don’t make sense to you.  Here’s where I learned to do this.  I learned from the Master! Jenny @ Missouri Star Quilt Company.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrYWCma9wgM

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Strip Quilt and Matching Pillow Case

I am new to quilting.  Elisa is the person responsible for creating the sewing monster I have become.  At work one day she was telling me how much fun she had quilting and well, I just had to try it.  I drank the Kool-Aid without a second thought!

Here were her instructions:

Cut strips of fabric (as many as it takes to get the size quilt you want). So I purchased some fabric and began cutting strips of different widths. Because I thought it would look better than if they were all uniform.

Pick a fabric for the back.  I did.  I fell in love with a batik fabric. I went with only one fabric for the back. You can use more if you like.

Pick the batting for the inside.  I did. I prefer Warm & Natural Cotton batting.

Pick the fabric to bind the quilt.  I did. A simple brown.

Now to put it all together you:

Sew the strips together in whatever combination you want.

Make a sandwich out of your quilt top, batting, and quilt back.

Trim the edges to make it square.

Her instructions were to “stitch in the ditch” So I sewed in the seams of my quilt top through the batting and the back.

I was so impressed with myself. I was actually quilting! Unbelievable!

Now for the not so fun part. At least for me…

The binding. I cut my fabric in 3″ wide strips, sewed them together into one long piece. Ironed them in half long ways so they were only 1.5″ wide. Then I followed the tutorial Elisa suggested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INh6sVKJRrA  This woman is amazing!  Her tutorials are gold!

I sewed my binding and viola, I had completed my first quilt!  I drank the Kool-Aid and was in the club!

Strip quilt & matching pillow case

Strip quilt & matching pillow case

I was so excited I decided to make a pillow case to match.

In my house any pillow case on the sofa needs to be removable and washable.  We have a dog and she is allowed on the furniture and loves pillows.  In her mind all the pillows are there for her to lay on.  She just lets us borrow them from time to time.

To make the pillow case I used the left over fabric from the quilt and sewed enough strips together for the front.

I used the lovely batik for the back.  I over lapped the opening on the backside an inch or so.  That way I can easily remove the case, but the pillow won’t be accidentally exposed.

Pillow case opening

Pillow case opening

Completed quilt and matching pillow

Completed quilt and matching pillow

 

Inspired by Elisa Pillow Case

This pillow case is removable and washable!

Elisa’s post on her circle quilt (https://hoecakesandhemlines.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/circle-quilt-so-cute-so-easy/ ) inspired me to try a pillow case.

I started with some a 14×14 pillow form I purchased a Joann’s ( http://www.joann.com/soft-n-crafty-pillow-14×14-/xprd985854/ )

I had some fabric (purchased at Cabbage Rose http://www.cabbagerosequilting.com/ )that was screaming for me to do something with it.  I’ve had someone in mind for this fabric, I just couldn’t quite find the right project to use it in.  Finally it came to me!

I cut two 4″ circles and one 6″ circle using my handy-dandy Easy Circle Cut (purchased at Joann’s http://www.joann.com/search/_easy_circle_cut/ )

Easy Circle Cut

Easy Circle Cut

I put some heatnbond lite on the back (also purchased at Joann’s http://www.joann.com/search/_heatnbond_lite/ ).

Heatnbond Lite

Heatnbond Lite

Added some Warm & Natural cotton batting (Joann’s http://www.joann.com/search/_warm_and_natural_cotton_batting/ ).

Added cotton batting

Added cotton batting

Ironed those on to the main body of the pillow case.

Ironed to main fabric

Ironed to main fabric

Stitched around each circle

stitch

stitch

Stitch around circle

Stitch around circle

All Circles Stitched

All Circles Stitched

Added some binding I had left over from another project to the edges of the pillow case to make them stronger and I liked the colors and sewed the top and bottom seams closed.

Pillow case back

Pillow case back

Completed pillow case front

Completed pillow case front

Added binding

added binding

This pillow case is removable and washable and ever so cute!