I have officially completed the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge! For this challenge, I took on my first sewing project. I learned how to sew a pillowcase with a flap, also known as an envelope pillowcase. Now I’m 4 pillows richer, or is it poorer since I bought supplies to make them? Oh well, the point is they are done and they look awesome! I seriously don’t know why I was so afraid of sewing because this was a blast! Woohoo!
For those of you out there that also have a sewing phobia I’ll give you a quick tutorial on how to sew pillowcases with a flap. For my small pillows (which at 12’x12′) I bought $2 18’x21′ fabric quarters and they worked perfectly!
How to Sew a Pillowcase With a Flap
For the back panels, I measured 13′ wide, but only made them 9′ tall. This will create enough overlap
for a nice flap so the pillowcase can be removed.
Sew what will be the inside edges of the flaps so it is a nice clean line. I used a zig-zag stitch for all of my pillows. (I also used a Brother sewing machine, so the zig-zag was setting 2 for me).
Sew the first flap on. Make sure you sew the pillow inside out so the messy part will be on the inside.
Now sew the second flap on. Remember part of the second flap will overlap the first.
Turn your pillowcase right side out and put it on a pillow!
For the bigger pillow, since my fabric was larger (almost 3 yards at a great deal), I cut the width 17′ (it’s a 16×16 pillow) and doubled it (34′)
so the fabric would wrap around to make the pocket and flaps on the back. Then I sewed up the sides just like with
the first 2 pillows.
This was a fail. The length of the fabric actually needed to be more than twice the length to create the proper-sized flap. Boo! Later this week I may add some extra fabric to this messed-up pillow so the flap will at least stay close. I’ll keep you posted.
For bigger pillow #2 I just stuck to my original strategy and it worked really well. (Ignore the stained carpet, we are counting down until we can move out of this rental.)
And here are all the pretty pillows together!
I don’t know what I was so scared of! It was not hard to learn how to sew a pillowcase with a flap! The pillows look pretty good (if I do say so myself) and they add a lot more personality to the futon. I can’t wait until I can decorate the whole man cave!