Well, a couple of weeks back my grandsons spent the night at our house.
The usual sleeping setup is D-Boy in the Queen-size bed and T-Bone in the Pack-n-Play. This has been working for most of T-Bone’s two-almost-three years.
Recently, Kitty and Mr. Wonderful set up T-Bone a big-boy bed with this quilt AND a Big-Boy Pillow.
Guess what ~ I didn’t have a spare pillow or pillowcase for that boy. I actually fished a pillow out of a pillow sham and passed it off as special.
What kind of grandma am I! I should probably be put in the Granny Penalty Box for this one.
So, today I’m making both of the boys pillowcases.
I’m going to use the Burrito Method to assemble them.
Here’s what you need:
- Main Fabric: 1 yard.
- Cuff Fabric: 1/3 yard.
Trim Fabric: 1/4 yard. Note: This is totally optional.
Size 90/14 or 100/16 Heavy Duty Needles
Step 1: Find the Grain
Visit my tutorial here on how to find the grain. It is important for your fabric to be squarely on the grain or you will have a twisted pillowcase. Ask me how I know this.
Step 2: Cut Out Fabric Pieces
From Main Fabric, cut 1 piece that is 27” x 40”
From Coordinating Fabric, cut 1 piece that is 9” X 40”
From Trim Fabric, cut 1 piece that is 2” X 40”
Step 4: Assembling the Pieces
Lay the Cuff out flat with the right side facing up.
Fun Idea: Embroider or applique a name on the cuff before assembling the pillowcase.
With wrong sides together, fold the trim piece in half lengthwise and press.
Match the raw edges of the Trim along the top edge of the Cuff and pin to hold.
Place the Pillowcase Body on top of the Cuff/Trim with right sides together and pin.
Take the bottom edge of the Cuff fabric and wrap it over the rolled up Pillowcase Fabric.
See how the Cuff wraps over the Pillowcase Body, like a burrito.
Pin through all layers of fabric.
Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew along the raw edge.
Fold back the Cuff and carefully pull out the Pillowcase Body.
Stitch together down the side and across the bottom using a 1/4” seam allowance.
Be sure that the Cuff/Trim seam is even. I actually sewed this first, then went back and did the rest.
Clip the corner where the side and bottom seam meet. This will help with the bulk when you turn the pillowcase.
Turn the Pillowcase wrong side out and press the seams down. Using something like a knitting needle or chopstick, push out the corners.
Now, the Pillowcase is facing right sides together. Pin the side and bottom seams.
Stitch the side and bottom seams using a 1/2” seam allowance.
Step 7: Finishing the Pillowcase
Turn the Pillowcase right side out and press the seams flat.
You now have enclosed French seams and the Pillowcase has no loose threads on the inside.
Best of all, each grandson will have his own pillow.