How To Sew a Pillow Case

patchwork pillow cusion

How to sew a pillow case to avoid cluttering up layers of fabric and hide cuts of internal machine stitches? So that the pillow case has a graceful clasp, and the patchwork layer does not suffer from washing? ⠀

For a long time I could not find the optimal solution.

Pillow=Pillow Case

My first pillow was quite simple and consisted of just a patchwork layer (note, not a sandwich!) and the back side, which I sewed tightly. It was necessary to wash the pillowcase – the entire pillow was washed. Everything is ok, but it was impossible to iron the patchwork side after washing. After the first cushion, I refused the assembly method and switched to experiments with a clasp.

Wrap, buttons and straps

Wrap, buttons and straps (do you feel, was I still afraid of zipper?) – I tried everything. Pillowcases with such fasteners iron easily and the patchwork pattern does not deform, although it still lacks volume due to the lack of insulation. But the wrap badly fixes the tension of the patchwork layer, the buttons and straps have a pin mount, which deforms the patchwork layer too.
Then my experiments with lightning and layers began.

Double Pillow

At one time I was fascinated by pillows, pillowcases for which consisted, in fact, of two ones: external, in patchwork style, and internal. Count up the layers: patchwork layer, insulation to create the texture after the stitches, backing, the back side of the pillowcase, two layers of the inner pillowcase. Six! Six layers, which were fastened with a spiral or secret zipper. Such a number of layers and inner seams made a pillowcase with a pillow inside cumbersome and completely devoid of grace. ⠀

My Ideal Pillow

Gradually, I came to the following formula: an invisible zipper in the back of the pillowcase,

invisible zipper

a classic patchwork sandwich as the front side of the pillowcase,

patchwork sandwitch

both sides are sewn with the wrong sides inward. Sections are edged with binding tapes cutting cross grain along, according to the situation, mood and design impulse.⠀

Why cross grain? I cut in this manner because I don’t need the fabric to stretch much: strong line and strong corner are my style.

corner of pillow

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