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