DIY Pillow Case for Small Pillow

 Last week I made an adorable pillow case with a tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar.

Adorable Pillow Case with Timeless Treasures fabric and Kaufman Essex Linen
DIY Adorable Pillow Case

This week I’ve changed it up a bit.  I’ve been making a series of “Name” pillowcases for our grandkids.  Last year I made them for Riley, Piper and Jack.

Name Pillow for Jack

Riley and Piper Name Pillows

I decided to adapt the pillow created by A Spoonful of Sugar to the 12″ x 16″ size for two of our granddaughters.  I also wanted the seams to be “clean”.  I don’t have a serger so even though I zigzag the raw edges, the seams still look raggedy and get worse with each washing.   

This is what I made:

Pillowcase with finished seams for 12" x 16" pillow forms, Adorable Pillow Case with Timeless Treasures fabric and Kaufman Essex Linen
Name Pillows for Addison and Kendall

And this is how I did it! 

Directions for a pillowcase for a 12” x 16” pillow with finished seams.  

I used three different fabrics.  The mermaid and pink dotted are from Timeless Treasures and the white name piece is Kaufman Essex Linen Blend.   

CUT

Name Piece: one 3″ x 13 ½” white fabric 

Cuff: one 8 ½” x 13 ½” pink dot fabric 

Front:  one 13 ½” x 14 ½” mermaid fabric

Back:  one 13 ½” x 23 ½” pink dot fabric 

NAME PIECE 

Fold strip of white fabric in half lengthwise and press.

name strip for DIY Pillow Case for Small Pillow

I had planned to hand embroider the name but it’s not one of my better skills so I went with the letters on my sewing machine.  I put the fold of the strip against the 5/8″ seam mark. Every model will be different.

Name piece for DIY Pillow Case for Small Pillow

CUFF

Cuff and name piece fabric for DIY Pillow Case for Small Pillow

With right sides together, take the pink cuff fabric and stitch it to the name piece on the top and bottom using a ¼” seam.

Cuff attached to name piece

Turn right side out. Press so there is one inch of pink above name. The cuff should be 4 ½”.

Cuff should be 4 1/2"

Embellish with zigzag stitching and top stitch bottom edge.  

Embellish

FRONT

Take front piece of mermaid fabric. Hem one 13 ½” end by pressing under ½” then another ½” and then stitch.

Hem one end of mermaid fabric

Put wrong side of cuff against wrong side of hemmed edge of front.

Attach cuff to front

pin cuff and front

Stitch together with ¼” seam.

Turn to the right side.

Turn to right side and press

 Press. Top Stitch.

Topstitch

BACK

Hem one 13 ½” end by pressing under ½” then another ½” and then stitch. 

Attach back to front by putting wrong side of front to wrong side of back.  The front piece short end will be lined up with the back piece unhemmed short end.

Front and Back
I’m calling the extra section that extends out the “flap”.

 Stitch ¼” around two sides and bottom.

Clip corners

Turn wrong side out.  Now the fabric is right sides together.

turn wrong sides out

 Poke the corners out and press.

Press under ¼” on sides of the flap.

Press sides of flap

 Fold the flap over the cuff. 

Stitch ½” on the two sides and bottom.  Leave the top end open.

Stitch together

DO NOT TRIM CORNERS!

Turn right side out. Press.

DIY Pillow Case for Small Pillow
Clean Finished Seams!

 

Adorable Pillow Case with Timeless Treasures fabric and Kaufman Essex Linen
Finished!

Stick the pillow form inside.

Adorable Pillow Case with Timeless Treasures fabric and Kaufman Essex Linen

Adorable Pillow Case with Timeless Treasures fabric and Kaufman Essex Linen
The flap will cover the open end of the pillow.

DIY Pillow Case for Small Pillow, Adorable Pillow Case with Timeless Treasures fabric and Kaufman Essex Linen

And the gratuitous Maggie shot…

Adorable Pillow Case with Timeless Treasures fabric and Kaufman Essex Linen
Is that my name?

Three more pillows to make.  Hmmmm, Adley is only 6 months old, wonder if she’d mind a cute pillow with pink pigs?

pigs

 

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