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What You Need to Sew a Pillowcase With a Ruffle
Once you've mastered making a simple straight sewing pillowcase, you may want to experiment with ways to make your pillowcase a little fancy. This ruffle end pillowcase is great for the girls and a great way to make things cozy.
Sewing a pillowcase with a ruffle is also a great way to mix and match fabrics to compliment each other while using up your scrap pile.
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- Fabric—Standard Size (20" X 26") Pillowcase - 1 1/2 yards of 45" wide fabric, Queen Size (20" x 30") Pillowcase - 1 1/2 yards of 45" wide fabric, King Size (20" x 36") Pillowcase - 1 2/3 yards of 45" wide fabric
- Thread to match your fabric
- Measuring tools - Rotary cutting tools help to keep your fabric square
- A sewing machine (or hand sewing)
- An iron and pressing surface
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Always preshrink your fabric before starting the project.
Cut the Body of the Pillow Case
- Standard Size (20" X 26") Pillowcase - 40" by 32"
- Queen Size (20" x 30") Pillowcase - 40" by 36"
- King Size (20" x 36") Pillowcase - 40" by 42"
For the Ruffle, You Will Need
- Standard Pillowcase: (1) 8" by 54" or (2) 8" by 27 1/2"
- Queen Size Pillowcase: 8" by 66" or (2) 8" by 33 1/2"
- King Size Pillowcase: 8" by 75 or (2) 8" by 38"
Sew the Body of the Pillowcase
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- Fold the 40" edge in half, aligning all of the edges.
- Pin one 20" edge and the long edge.
- Sew the pinned edges using a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Apply a seam finish to prevent fraying.
- Press the seams as they were sewn.
- Press the seams to one side of the pillowcase by working the iron inside the pillowcase without turning the pillowcase the right way out.
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Prepare the Ruffle
Using One Strip of Fabric
- Place the 8" edges with the right sides of the fabric together. Seam the 8" edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Using Two Strips of Fabric
- If using 2 pieces of fabric, join the 8" edges with the right sides together to form one long continuous strip. (If you are using a very loosely woven fabric you may want to add a seam finish to the seams. In most cases a seam finish is not needed because the seam allowances will be enclosed inside the ruffle.)
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- Press the seams to one side.
- Fold the length of the strip in half, matching the seams.
- Press the fold in place.
- Pin the edges to hold them in place.
- Using a basting stitch, sew two rows of stitching along the edge keeping the stitching inside a 1/2" seam allowance.
- Fold the length of the ruffle by folding on the seam(s) first. Then fold the ruffle in quarters and mark the folds at the seam allowance edge of the fabric.
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Attaching the Ruffle and Finishing the Pillowcase
- Turn the pillowcase right side out and press. Fold the width of the pillowcase in half and mark the folds at the end of the pillowcase.
- Place the ruffle on the outside of the pillowcase.
- Match the ruffle seam to the pillowcase seam and align the raw edges.
- Match the second seam or halfway mark with the pressed side edge of the pillowcase.
- Match the quarter marks of the ruffle and pillowcase, aligning the raw edges.
- Gather the basting stitches to make the ruffle fit the end of the pillowcase, distributing the gathering evenly along the edge of the pillowcase.
- Stitch the ruffle to the pillowcase using a 1/2" seam allowance.
- Apply a seam finish to the seam allowance.
- Press the seam to the inside toward the body of the pillowcase.
- Top stitch the seam allowance in place by sewing an even distance from the seam on the edge of the body of the pillowcase. Use your presser foot as a seam guide to sew straight topstitching.