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How to Make a Pillowcase - Finishing

Flap pillowcase hem stitchingStitch both hems in place close to first folded edge. An edge stitch foot can make this easy and quick! I can't live without mine now.



flap pillowcase measurementOn one of the short edges, measure down six inches and mark with a pin on both sides.



flap pillowcase folding for sewingFold fabric in half lengthwise right sides together lining up the unmarked end of the pillowcase with the pins that you placed in the previous step (the single layer of fabric left above will become the flap).

Pin along the edges evenly from there toward the bottom of the pillowcase, making sure that the fold at the bottom ends up flat and straight. If there is any wrinkling, this means the fabric isn't straight and the pillowcase may end up twisting later. If his happens, you can sometimes fix it by adjusting the fabric slightly along the sides to fix it.



flap pillowcase flap foldedFold the remaining flap *OVER* the end you pinned down in the previous step so the original hemmed end is enclosed in the fold. Make sure that the fold is tight against the hem being sandwiched inside. This ensures that the finished edges will line up. Pin flap in place. In the photo, you can see how the flap sits on top of the other layers with the right side facing inside.



flap pillowcase side seamsUsing a 1/2" seam allowance, stitch up both sides of the pillowcase. Use your preferred method for finishing the seams. Seam finishing options include: serging, pinking, zig-zag along the edge or you can use a Mock French seam finish.




flap pillowcase turned right side outTurn pillowcase right side out and press flap flat. Here I am holding the pillowcase open slightly and lifting the flap so you can see how it should look when done.




flap pillowcase with pillow insertedInsert pillow into case and enjoy peaceful slumber with your new non-creeping pillowcase!



I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! This is such a fun and easy project. I was done in less than 30 minutes and that included rummaging through my fabric for a suitable piece.

Happy Sewing!

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