One thing that I do not like about traveling is hotel pillows. For some reason most hotels have gone to all down pillows, which to me are very uncomfortable. They go flat in a hurry, and I need the support for my neck to last all night. So, I started asking for acrylic or polyester pillows when I check in, but even this is a problem as many hotels no longer even have those for the asking. A couple of years ago, I began taking my own pillow with me on driving trips after I was forced to go to a discount store and buy a pillow while out of town just so I could sleep. Checking the room as we were checking out, I completely overlooked it as it had a white pillowcase just like all the others in the room and didn’t stand out at all. So I left a brand new pillow behind. I decided to fix that last year with a pillowcase that couldn’t be overlooked. I really liked this rose print, and it was the perfect size for the case.
I used the roll-up method, simple and no exposed unfinished seams and no hand work. I’m sure most of you have seen these on the internet for years. But for anyone who hasn’t seen this, here are the instructions. Begin by cutting these pieces-
- 27″ x width of fabric from selvedge to selvedge of the main fabric – the rose print here
- 9″ x width of fabric from selvedge to selvedge of coordinating fabric for the cuff – dark green
- 2″ x width of fabric from selvedge to selvedge strip of solid fabric for accent strip – gold print
Press the accent strip in half lengthwise to make a 1″ folded strip with the raw edges together.
Lay your fabrics in this order. The cuff print on the bottom, flat and face up with the selvedges on the sides and the raw edge at the top. Then place the main focus fabric also face up matching one of the WOF raw edges. Roll up the other end so it is small enough to work around. Place the trim on top, raw edges meeting. All selvedge edges will be on the sides, and may not be exactly the same width.
Now bring the bottom edge of the cuff print up to the top, over the roll of focus fabric, meeting the raw edges. You now have 5 edges meeting at the top. The other raw edge of the focus fabric is rolled up inside it.
Pin in place.
Sew a single line of stitching through all five layers. You can use a serger if you wish, and I did just to keep it in good working order. It isn’t necessary, as all the raw edges will eventually be covered.
Pull the focus fabric out one end to turn the whole assembly right side out.
If you have selvedge edges left on as I did, trim them off at this time. Note the cuff seam is now finished on both sides. This is the inside of the pillowcase.
The accent is a flange on the right side (outside).
Now, sew a French seam to finish the case. Place fabric WRONG sides together, folding the case to meet the sides of the cuff and main focus fabrics, and pin to hold the flange straight.
Sew or serge a 1/4-inch seam.
Turn the case inside out to meet right sides together. Sew the same seam again this time at 1/2-inch, enclosing the raw edges of the previous seam.
Do the same French Seam across the bottom and you are done.
That’s it, so simple. To get a printable pattern, click on my affiliate Craftsy Link – Pillowcase Tutorial. There is a downloadable free pdf in the tutorial.
Now, I cannot help but see my pillow on any hotel bed. I haven’t left it behind since I made this pillowcase.
These quick pillowcases make wonderful quilt covers too, and can be made any size you like. For Queen or King size, just cut the focus fabric longer than the 27-inches of a standard pillow (whatever your pillow needs), the width of the fabric is still the same, and the other pieces would also be the same. Have you done these before, or is this a new idea for you?