Pillow cases are easy and fun to make. If you need to use up some of your “stash,” pillow cases fill the bill perfectly. They make wonderful gifts and even kids love them. You can use whimsical fabrics, or artsy fabrics, batiks or anything else that you feel like.
Sausage Pillow Case
I learned from this video how to make a sausage pillow case. It’s so easy and the seams come out completely finished.
I also make pillow cases when I want to practice a new technique such as the endless hoop in machine embroidery. I did the pillowcase below on my Bernina 830 using the endless embroidery function. I also use the cuffs of my pillowcases when I want to do a test stitch-out of a design that I have digitized with embroidery software. With the built-in machine stitches in most modern machines today, and some pretty thread, you can easily decorate a plan cuff of a pillowcase.
There is a one million Pillow Case Challenge for worthwhile causes. Click picture at right for free patterns and more information about participating dealers.
Crabapple Hill Studio has a few charming patterns that let you explore more skills for pillow cases.