This is the 3rd and final part of my pillowcase tutorial. Check out part 1 and part 2 first.
Now it is pressed. Looks much better.
We are going to do a 'French Seam.' It's not complicated or difficult, but it makes the finished product look professional. It is actually just a couple of extra steps. It is well worth the effort.
With wrong sides together, pin 2 sides together (the side and bottom - not the edge with coordinating fabric).
The side and bottom are pinned together (wrong sides together). Then sew the 2 sides with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Trim the 2 bottom corners.
Now turn it outside in or inside out or whatever. Get the right sides together. Make sure you push out the corner with your fingers (to get a sharp point). Press the freshly sewn edges. Sew the side and bottom again (right sides together) with a 1/2" seam allowance. (I had a picture, but my camera is doing it's weird thing again and deleted some pictures and that is one of them - sorry.) Now trim threads and turn rightside out.
Here it is. The finished pillowcase. It is the size to fit a standard/queen pillow. If you want to make one for a king size pillow (or travel pillow) it is the same process, just measure your pillow first and take in account seam allowances.
Here is a look on the inside. No raw edges, no threads will be dangling (see below) after it has been washed. Looks almost as good on the inside as the outside.
This is the finished pillowcase and a bedtime story book (I got the idea here) for my niece for her birthday.
This is a pillowcase that I did a few years ago (for a travel size pillow). Sorry, it's sideways again.
Here is the inside (I didn't do it the "tube" way, I just sewed on the edge of the pillowcase. It doesn't look very finished on the inside. This is Rance and Anthony's (Anthony's name is on the other side) pillowcase and it has been washed lots and it has somethreads dangling.