This patterns is free for your own personal use
but not for resale or commercial use.
When I make bed quilts,
I use the wide backing fabric and I buy an extra yard to make pillow cases.
Once, I made a quilt using a 2 ½ strip and 10 inch square pattern that left me
with a large number of small 2 ½ inch wide pieces of different lengths from 3
to 14 inches long and a few full length strips of 44 in long. I decided to use
the scraps to decorate the open end of two standard size pillow cases, but you
could modify the size of the pillowcase to make queen or king size pillow
cases. I used a 1 yard piece of extra wide backing fabric that was 108 inches
so it could be cut down to 2 (two) 44 inch wide sections but for your standard 44
inch wide material you will need approximately ¾ yard per case.
1. Easy Decorative
For the standard size
you will need 31 inches for each pillow case (just under 1 yard) or
approximately ¾ yard of a pillowcase fabric standard width of 44 inches. Since
I used the backing fabric also in the front of my quilt and the binding, I
chose to use that for the pillow cases but any cotton fabric will work. Remove
the salvage edges and cut each piece to 31 inches long x 44 inches
From scraps (2 ½
wide x various lengths), begin sewing the pieces randomly together to create
strips 44 inches wide. Create 3 pieced strips and press all the seams in the
Sew the pieced strips together
on the long edge with a ¼ inch seam. Your 3 strips together should now measure
6.5 in x 44 in. Press seams towards one direction.
this strip, right side to the wrong side along the 44 inch
edge of your pillow case material using a ¼ inch seam. Press the seam towards
the 6 ½ wide strip and lay the strip wrong side down on the right side of the
pillow case material. Top stitch ¼ inch from the sewn edge and press. Now turn
the rough edge of the pieced strip under approximately ¼ inch and press down.
Topstitch along the pressed edge and then stitch ¼ inch in from stitched edge
to create a double line.
fold the pillow case in half, length ways – right sides together and stitch two
lines along the rough edges and the pillow case is compete. Repeat to create
the matching set.
you use 44 in wide fabric, for a queen size length use 36 inches of pillow case
fabric. For King use 40 inches of fabric. Press,
trim and enjoy your custom creation.