Here is the first of a few easy do it yourself Christmas gifts I have been making for family and friends. I bought a couple of adorable flannelette prints on Black Friday at Joann’s fabric for a fantastic price to make into winter pillowcases. I loved this warm flannelette pillowcase with penguins so much I made an extra one for myself!
Be sure to pre-wash all of your fabrics before sewing. Otherwise you run the risk of the finished product shrinking in the wash later on.
- I measured a standard size case first which was 19.5 inches wide by 27 inches long.
- Fold your fabric in half and mark the width and length. I added on 2 inches for extra seam allowance for the width (21.5 inches) and five inches extra for the length (32 inches) in order to be able to create the extra reinforced edge.
- With flannelette folded in half, cut your fabric, 21.55 inches wide x 32 inches long.
- Now prepare to sew the wide edges. You’ll pin and hem back twice in order to create that wide reinforced edge. First pin back 1 inch on each wide end.
- Sew the edges. I used a zig-zag stitch on my machine to further prevent fraying. The zig-zag will not be visible later.
- Next pin back each wide edge you just sewed again by 4 inches.
- Sew the edges down with a straight stitch.
- With right sides together, stitch the long edges together 1 inch deep. I stitched the edges down a second time with a zig-zag stitch to add extra reinforcement from fraying.
- Finished edges should look like this. Turn right side out and you’re done!
I think I want to make an entire sheet set out of flannelette sometime. The pillowcases were simple and turned out amazing!