Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer of Sewing: Pillowcases!

Welcome back to our Summer of Sewing tutorials here at Inspired by Fabric! 

We've been featuring regular tutorials as part of our Summer of Sewing series, all using our newest fabric lines that you can find at your local quilt shop! Our tutorials include a chance to win a bundle of the fabric line being used, so make sure to enter each time! 
(p.s. Next week will be our last Summer of Sewing tutorial for 2016!)

For our second-last Summer of Sewing tutorial, we've joined the American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop! 

The Pillowcase Challenge is gearing up for their annual 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon (see more details below the tutorial) and we're excited to help spread the word! We've used prints from our Sports collection to make four pillowcases which we'll be donating to a local charity, helping to push the current count (689,000+) closer to 1,000,000. 

We love to make pillowcases using the burrito (or Roll-It-Up) method--it's quick, easy, and fun! We've demonstrated how to do it below.

The prints we chose from our Sports collection:

Let's get started!

You'll Need:
7/8 yard main fabric
1/3 yard cuff fabric
1/8 yard accent fabric

From the main fabric: 
(1) 27" x 41" piece

From the cuff fabric:
(1) 11" x 41" piece

From the accent fabric:
(1) 2-1/2" x 41" strip

Make the Pillowcase 
1. Press the 2-1/2" x 41" accent strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. 
2. Lay out the cuff fabric lengthwise in front of you, right side facing up. Pin the folded strip to the top edge, raw edges matching. 

3. Lay the main fabric piece on top, right side down, aligning the raw edges along the top edge. Pin in place. Fold or roll the main fabric piece up so it is all contained inside the cuff strip as shown. 

4. Fold the bottom long edge of the cuff strip up over the main fabric and pin in place. You'll be creating a tube with all of the fabric tucked within the cuff strip. 

5. Stitch along the long pinned edge, catching both cuff edges, the folded accent strip, and the main fabric edge. Be careful that the rest of the folded over main fabric strip doesn't get caught in your stitching. 
6. Pull the fabric inside the tube out, as shown in progress below.

7. Your pillowcase in progress will look like this now, with all seams encased inside the fabric cuff. 

8. Fold the pillowcase in half, matching raw edges of the cuff and accent strip. Square up the two raw edges (top and right in photo below). Pin raw edges and stitch, backstitching at both ends. 

9. Turn the pillowcase right side out, stuff with a pillow, and enjoy!

Want to learn more about the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge? Check out the details here.

Find more pillowcase patterns (AllPeopleQuilt has 59 different designs, including many pieced cuff variations to add something special!) on their website here.

Want to be part of the 24-Hour Pillowcase Sew-a-Thon? Find details here
Last year participants in Des Moines made 1,480 pillowcases! 

Visit the other participants of today's hop:

See our entire Sports collection here.

For a chance to win All Sports fabric to make two pillowcases, make sure you follow our blog! Leave a comment below letting us know that you do, as well as telling us if you've ever made a pillowcase. The giveaway is open through Sunday, August 28th at 11:59 pm EST. We'll draw a winner and share it next week. 

Congratulations to the winner from last week's Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures bundle and thread box: Greebly Greebly


  1. I follow you on BlogLovin. I've participated in the 1 Million Pilowcase project for the last 3 years as an instructor at a local company, Meredith Publishing. They have material in packages that are already cut and have set up machines for sewing and serging the seams. It's always been a lot of fun. When we're not busy helping volunteers, I get to sew some pillowcases myself. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  2. I follow by email. I am making 17 hot dog style pillowcases for 2016 Christmas. I have 6 to go. Mdmn08 @ Gmail dot Com

  3. I follow by email. I am making 17 hot dog style pillowcases for 2016 Christmas. I have 6 to go. Mdmn08 @ Gmail dot Com

  4. I follow through e-mail and Facebook. I have made pillowcases before. Thank you for the tutorial.

  5. Follow blog by email. I do make pillowcases for gifts and for charity. Love this technique to make them.

  6. I follow you by email - I've made pillowcases! LOL and some of them were actually pretty good! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. I follow via Bloglovin. Yes, I have made many pillowcases for my family (makes a great way to wrap a gift!), and for our guild as part of the Million Pillowcase challenge. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  8. Following Inspired by Fabric via email/newsletter and Bloglovin.
    Yes I've made about 6 of these pillow cases and love the "Burrito" roll up method. So quick and they come out just right.
    I'll be making 3-4 next weekend at a sew-in. Thanks for partaking in the One Mill challenge too.


  9. Yes, I've made many pillowcases using the "Burrito" roll up method! They make great gifts for all ages! Thanks for a chance to win the sports fabric!!

  10. I've made lots of pillowcases using this method. I make them for the pillowcase challenge and donate them to a local women's shelter, and I make a pillowcase for each of the kids who comes to spend the night at our house, to take home as a little remembrance of their time with us.

  11. Follow through email. Every time I take my boys to the fabric store with me, we end up with a new pillowcase of their choosing.

  12. Also follow by email. I've made several Christmas redwork pillowcases using a Crabapple Hill design. Special traditions for the littles in my family!

  13. I follow your blog by email. I make pillow cases to match all of my quilts, as well as pillowcases for charity through my quilt guild. My grandkids love having special pillow cases that their Nana made for them.

  14. I love to make pillowcases and have made quite a few to match my quilts. I am a follower! thank you!

  15. I follow by email and have made multiple pillowcases for the local Shriner's Hospital.

  16. I follow via email. Have made several pillowcases. Thanks

  17. I follow by email! I have made quite a few pairs of pillowcases! They are so fun to make and make great gifts along with gifts for our community! Thank you for sharing and a chance of winning this great prize! Have a fantastic creative day!

  18. I follow by email. I made my first pillowcase several years ago at a booth at the Houston Quilt Festival. It is such a clever way to do a pillowcase!

  19. I follow the blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC. I have made a pillowcase or two.

  20. I am following with GFC and email. I have made pillow cases for my grandkids travel pillows.

  21. Each Jan I organize a group of women from our guild to make pillowcases for our Children's Hospital. Last year we made 255. Not too bad for us.

  22. I follow your blog by email and have made pillowcases for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Thanks for the tutorial and the opportunity to win.

  23. I follow you with Bloglovin. I've only made 2 pillowcases in my entire sewing life! I saw the cutest pig material at a shop last year & made 2 for the twins I take care of off & on. BUT I plan to make lots for the Challenge - one of our local quilt shops is participating. Love your tute and plan to give it a try. Thanks!

  24. I follow you with Bloglovin and have participated in a previous Million Pillowcase Challenge. In addition, I have made many pillowcases for family and friends. Just finished a kitty theme pillowcase for my granddaughter.

  25. I follow on Bloglovin. I have made a few pillow cases. I love the idea behind the 1 Million Pillow Case Challenge. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

  26. I follow on Bloglovin and just learned to make pillowcases! Great fun.

  27. This would make a great sewalong for our guild. And I could clear out some extra fabric, also. I like to make pillowcases that match each quilt I make.

  28. Already follow thru Email, Bloglovin & Pinterest. Made a Pillowcase years match a blanket I had made. Wasn't near as cool as these that you shared! lol

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

  29. I follow your blog and i love to win the fabric to sew pillowcase too.

  30. I follow through email. Nice fabric for pillowcases with the sports theme.

  31. One of my grandkids favorite things to sew is pillowcases.One year I made all 24 pillowcases to stuff their new Christmas PJs in. They were a great hit. The boys love the sports fabric, I've used several of those print (or very similar), they are favorites. I follow by email. Thanks.

  32. Very cool! I am following you on Blogloving. I haven't YET made pillowcases, but that is my plan for the next month or so. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at)

  33. I follow by email. I've made and donated quite a few pillowcases. I'm pretty sure it's over 20, but haven't kept track. I made some for myself, as well. I plan to do some more. Thanks.

  34. I'm inspired!!! :) Such a great little tutorial. It looks easy peasy. Thank you!

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