I have been wanting to get this project done for months! I have a small stack of gorgeous vintage king size pillowcases from random estate sales around Orange County California. These white cotton pillowcases with the pink flowers are my favorite, but I haven’t been able to use them….until now!
Standard pillowcases measure 22″ x 32″ according to the wonderful Google machine. In a way, I’m glad I put this one off for so long. Originally I was going to reconstruct the hem completely, then realized I could alter the pillowcases using the “original hem” trick that my dry cleaner does for all my jeans. Yes, I’m short and have to alter almost every pair of jeans.
I made two cuts from each pillowcase, removing about a 4 to 5 inch strip. My cuts were at 28.5″, and then a .25″ below the pillowcase opening turn over fold and hem. Be sure to calculate and allow for hem. And definitely avoid cutting into the original hem.
Reducing the pillowcases this way saved me soooo much time! Total time for measuring, cutting, and sewing three pillowcases was less than an hour.
The picture above is with the 4-5 inch strip already removed. I measured it all the way around, used a straight edge and color pencil to mark my line, then cut one layer at a time….sometimes the weave of the fabric is off and you’d end up with a crooked mess if you cut through both layers of the pillowcase at the same time.
Have a great day. I’ll be checking in again soon with this weeks AH Crafty Challenge (I cannot believe it’s May already!).