Monday, December 12, 2011

Comfort and Joy Guests is Thearica with Christmas Pillowcase Tutorial

Thank you Madame Samm for allowing me to write a guest post here on Sew We Quilt today! This is my first ever guest post so you can imagine how excited I am! It is fantastic people like you that help give us small-time bloggers a voice and help us reach far larger audiences than if we were left to fend for ourselves! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

This is what I am going to teach you how to do today!

But first....

When I am not blogging over at PigTalesandQuilts, you can find me down in the quilting studio working on client quilts or upstairs sewing on one of my many UFO's... or making new UFO's! :)
I run my own website: Cover Your Little Piggies,  but am actually in process of moving it to Etsy.  But for now you can still find me there and I will leave a link on the site once I move so you can still find me.  The products that I carry cater largely to the crazy quilters but there is something for everyone!  Even the cake lovers!
Today, I am going to share with you all a pillowcase made in the Hot Dog style! I am 51 years old and these have been around since the 70's!  I remember making my first pillowcase like this in 7th grade Home Economics!  Isn't it funny how - if we leave some things long enough - they will always come back around full circle!
Just like the aluminum Christmas trees of the 50's and 60's!  They are all the rave once AGAIN!  And this year I talked my husband in to buying me one!  My mother had one for our family in the early 60's and it is really the only Christmas tree I remember. I always enjoyed poking the stems down in the holes and building the tree.  My husband and I decorated ours in Caroline Blue! Go Heels!
Now back to why I am here today .

For the pillowcase tutorial, I have put the tutorial on the photos so if anyone should print the photos off, they will have the instructions right there and handy and not have to keep up with so many pieces of paper! 
You will need 3 different fabrics for the pillowcase. One each for:
Body piece at 27" x width of fabric
Cuff piece at 9" x width of fabric
Trim at 3" x width of fabric

Fold trim in half matching raw edges across the width of fabric and press well.  Use steam to get a nice sharp edge.

To layer the fabrics together to make the "hot dog roll", you will lay the cuff down on your surface first, right side up.

Next, you will lay your trim down matching the raw edges all across the top across the width of fabric.

Last, you will lay your body fabric down on top of both the cuff and trim, with right side down (wrong side to you)

Now you will fold, in small increments, your body until you have the cuff showing out the bottom by at least 3 inches.  You will want to have a head space of about 2 inches from the top edge so you do not sew the body into the seam when you sew all 3 pieces together.

Fold the cuff up and over the body and match all raw edges across the top along the width of fabric.

 Pin all raw edges together, keeping the top edges together as best as you can.
Check the backside as you go for any slipping. Correct any slipping.

Use MANY pins to keep from slipping when you sew the seam.
 Sew with a 3/8" seam allowance.  I sew up to my pins and walk the machine over them, not removing them to help have minimal slipping.  be careful!

Even though I pinned several times, there will still be slight slipping.
What would have happened if you had not used but a few pins???

Now it is time to pull the body out of the hot dog roll!  Take hold of the body fabric and start pulling it out!

This is about halfway out.. It looks wierd but it is right.

Take this to the machine and press it well.  Use steam to get sharp flat edges!

AHHHH - Nice and flat!

To sew the side seam, put wrong sides together first.  Trust me, this is not an error!

Sew the side seam and along the bottom edge with a 14" seam allowance.  There is no need to sew back up the opposite side because it is on the fold and will have no raw edge.

Remember.. down the one side and across the bottom!  Then turn wrong sides out!

Take your fingers and roll the fabrics back and forth to bring the stitched "well" to the outer edge down the side and across the bottom edge.  Press well with steam!

Ready for the french seam!

Stitch down the side and across the bottom with a 3/8" seam allowance.  Using this large seam allowance will assure you that you have not caught any of the preceeding seam in the seam allowance.

Sew off of the bottom edge at the end of the side seam.

Sew across the bottom edge with the same 3/8" seam allowance.

Cut a square out of the corner where the side seam and bottom edge meet.  This will reduce the bulk  in the corner when you turn the pillowcase.  Do not clip any threads.

Cut a small angled piece out of the corner of the bottom on the far side to remove that bulk.

Pat yourself on the back for a job well done on that french seam!

Turn the pillowcase right side out! You have no raw edges inside your pillowcase!

Now, find someone who would love your pillowcase and gift it to them!

I just might be talked in to giving this one away to one of Madame Samm's visitors who comments on this post!! How about say on Wednesday, the 14th, at noon! :)

I hope you have enjoyed my post! 

I also want to take this time to let you all know about a quilt show that I will be hosting on my blog, PigTalesandQuilts, starting on Feb 1, 2012.  Please come to my blog for more details
for  this special event.

Thank you again Madame Samm for this fabulous opportunity!

Merry Christmas to all!!

Editors note:There are at least half a dozen
people who have claimed they are the original designers
of these pillow cases....To all of them, we thank them..

 Winner is LAINE!! 
 Laine said...Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial. I love the fabric you used for the pillowcase.


  1. What a gorgeous pillow case - love your fabric choice. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Hi Thearica! I'm so glad I follow your blog, and hopped over here for the Sunday post at Madame's....love this tutorial - I think I understand it now (last time someone tried to explain this to me, my eyes glazed over and I was lost. LOL) Thanks for a wonderful tut!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. A great tutorial.

    Happy Holidays

  4. Great tutorial, Thearica. Nice to see you here! (Do NOT count me in for the giveaway.)

  5. Love the tutorial. Must try it soon


  6. Wow Thearica, this is a really well written, easy to understand tutorial. I've been looking for a pattern to make a pillow case for my grands and this is the one. Thanks!

  7. Good Morning Thearica....believe it or not I still have not made 1 pillowcase...this is sew simple, no excuses anymore..perfectly done....now I think I will take a snooze lol

  8. Great tutorial--I think I get it now--just need to find time to make one. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thank you so much Madame Samm for this opportunity! It was fun preparing the tutorial!

    Good luck to everyone on winning the pillowcase!

    I am calling all crazy quilters over to my blog! Gotta check out that quilt show!

  10. Lovely tutorial. now have I got time to make one before Christmas?

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial! I always wondered how those were made!

    Merry Christmas!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  12. What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial, I have some fabrics I've been wanting to make into pillow cases :)

  13. I love the fabric you used for the pillowcase. I have made these before, but needed a better reference tutorial. So thanks for making one that is printer friendly!!

  14. I've heard about these pillowcases forever but never tried one. Thanks for the great step-by-step tutorial. The pictures helped a lot.

  15. Thanks for the tutorial. I've made pillowcases for my kids when they were small, but I've not seen it done that way!

  16. This post is very timely - I plan to make pillow cases for grandchildren next week. Thanks! blessings, marlene

  17. Pretty Christmas fabrics for your pillow case! If I have time I want to start a tradition of making Christmas pillow cases for my family. How fun! Thanks for sharing...

  18. Blogs and sewing/quilting classes have something in common. Know what? Even when it's something I rather know, I nearly always learn a NEW little tip or trick. Today it was the clipping of that corner when doing the French seam. Thanks, Thearica .

  19. This is a great last minute project. I always wonder which way a directional print should go on a
    Pillow case.

  20. The pillowcase turned out wonderful!!! I can't wait to try it!!!

  21. Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial. I love the fabric you used for the pillowcase.


  22. Thanks for all the awesome comments!

    LJ... I have made a ton of these pillowcases and actually as I was doing the tutorial I was thinking of a way to make that corner more friendly. This was the first time I had actually cut that little square out!

    It works like a dream!

  23. Hi Thearica You are so talanted! Yes I have been a follower of yours for some time now and for those of you who have never been to her site you are in for a treat. Thanks for the tutorial and I was just saying to dh maybe I will make his cousin, who is coming in for Christmas, a set of pillow cases and then I read this, thank you. Madame Samm thank you for having Thearica and Happy Holidays.

  24. Thank you for the chance to win your gorgeous pillowcase. I just love the fabric!


  25. Great job Thearica! you would never know it was your first!

  26. Hi! First time to visit your blog. I've used this technique many times and taught it at my quilting guild several times. Now they are asking for it again! It's a popular one. Everyone always needs new pillowcases. No need to include me in your drawing, thanks.

  27. This is so great, you being a guest on ...sew we quilt. I am now going to go to your blog and become a follower. If you go to my blog: www.mylifeasaquilter.blogspot.com, you will find a new and exciting way to machine bind your quilts. It is so AWESOME and I only have a few followers, but I want to get the word out about this new way to bind your quilts that I thought if I shared my blog site here, maybe someone will go to my site and learn this new technique to machine binding. It is so easy and really makes your binding look wonderful. Jeanne

  28. Thearica, I'm famous for the eyes glazing over on most tutorials so when I find one I can understand, I shout it from the rooftops. I'm a little confused in a couple of spots but I think when I start making it I'll figure it out. Great job!!
    Gmama Jane

  29. Wonderful tutorial. I have now found what I will make for a couple of little ones on my list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Thank you for the tutorial. I've used this method for a few years now and love it! This was one of my granddaughter's first sewing projects.
    Good job!

  31. beautiful pillowcases - read on your blog that you were posting today so made a point to visit - the fabric is gorgeous for this purpose

  32. Thank you for the tutorial. Sorry for not having the time to try it right now. May be I can win it?

  33. Thanks for the tutorial ! you make it make more sense than other ones I have seen !

  34. Great tutorial and pillowcases make such great gifts. Thanks.

  35. Great tutorial - thanks for the wonderful directions.

    Beautiful pillowcase!

  36. Lovely Thearica. Good choice of fabrics, very festive.

  37. Thank you for this tutorial. Since I found your BLOG, I am having Christmas everyday with all the gifts of suggestions, tutorials, and guest posts. Thanks Thearica for doing the pillowcase. Sarah in OK

  38. I've been wanting to make some of these pillowcases, but didn't have a pattern, so thank you, thank you!

  39. Great tut, thank you so much. The grandkids are getting quilts for Christmas, maybe if I hurry, they can have matching pillowcases.
    Merry Christmas

  40. Wow never seen them made that way before! Thanks for the tut!

  41. Gmama Jane.. You can go to my blog and send me an email and I will try to help you where you don't quiet understand. These are really easy to do.

    If you have been sewing for several years, you should be able to sew one of these up in less than an hour... cutting and all.

    Thanks so much for the show of support through commenting! LOVE it!

  42. Can't wait to try this...I think it will be pretty quick to turn a few of these out before Christmas! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  43. I would sew love to win that pillowcase but in "case" I don't, I'll have to give a try to making them. Thank you for the tutorial.

  44. This is the way I make pillowcases, too. I first learned without the French seam and when I learned how to do the French seam, I have made them for all my grandchildren. So much nicer this way. Thanks for the chance to win your pretty pillowcase. I thought Madame Samm's comment about all the claimers for the original method was pretty funny!

  45. I met a lot of the bloggers who I follow through Sew We Quilt, and it's fantastic when such a person comes along as a guest blogger on SWQ! The tutorials are always so informative and inspiring (I've lost count of how many ideas have sprung up in my head after reading about the projects on here!) ... and this tutorial is no exception! It's a great intro to French seams, and at the moment that's all I can think of ... can I put one on this, that and t'other!

    I might just have to add a new French-seamed pillow to my growing list of ideas for 2012! (http://touchandsew.blogspot.com/


  46. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Just in time to try this out the grandkids!

  47. Love your pillowcase. Great Tute! I may have to make one soon. Thanks for sharing!

  48. I have posted the winner on my blog!!


    Thank you Madame Samm! This was fun!


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