Free Instructions to Sew a Pillowcase With a Ruffle Hem - Materials You Need

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    What You Need to Sew a Pillowcase With a Ruffle

    Sew a pillowcase with a ruffle
    Sew Your Own Pillowcase with a Ruffle, Debbie Colgrove

    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.

    • Fabric—Standard Size (20" X 26") Pillowcase - 1 1/2 yards of 45" wide fabric, Queen Size (20" x 30") Pillowcase -...MORE 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
    • Scissors
    • A sewing machine (or hand sewing)
    • An iron and pressing surface
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    Getting Started

    Sew the end and side seams on a pillowcase
    Sew the Side Seams, Debbie Colgrove

    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...MORE 38"

    Sew the Body of the Pillowcase

    • 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

    Prepare the ruffle to attach it to a pillowcase.
    Prepare the Ruffle, Debbie Colgrove

    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.)
    • Press the...MORE 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

    A finished pillowcase with a ruffled end.
    Attaching the Ruffle and Finishing the Pillowcase, Debbie Colgrove
    • 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,...MORE 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.