Many of you have probably heard of the magical burrito pillowcase method. We love how quick and easy it is to make a beautiful designer pillow with this method, but there is one place the regular tutorial falls flat, or should we say, sideways. Of course, we are talking about when using one way, or one directional, fabrics. Using the regular method, your one way designs will end up sideways, instead of correctly positioned. Many of our favorite designs are one way, so we thought it was time to figure out a way to use them for a pillowcase. It only takes a couple of extra steps and one extra seam to use those favorite designs. Let’s get started!
For one pillowcase, you will need:
-21″ x WOF (width of fabric) main fabric with a one-directional print (We used Wee Wander Summer Ride in White)
-12″ x WOF cuff fabric (We used Heather Bailey’s Clementine) *Note: if you are using particularly full pillow forms, you may want to increase this to 14″
-2.5″ x WOF accent band fabric (We used Wee Wander Tree Lights in Twilight) This is how the pillowcase will look. Note that the folds on the band and cuff are at the top, and the fold on the main fabric is on the right.
Next, also with the fabric still folded, lay out the main fabric and trim the selvages off as closely as possible. Remember the measurement where you trimmed, as you’ll need it in the next step. This number will be different for each fabric, as fabric widths vary widely, even within the same collection. Ours was cut at 21.75″.The next couple of steps are a little bit tricky, but this is how we’ll make the fabric direction correct. Open up the main fabric, and cut it in half, using the measurement from trimming selvages. For us, it’s 21.75″.
Iron the accent band fabric in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together. Lay out the cuff fabric, right side up, and place the accent band on top, matching raw edges. *Note: if your cuff fabric is also one directional, you will want to place it upside-down at this point. This will make the bottom of the print at the accent band.
At this point, you could just put right sides together and sew along the two open edges and call it a day. However, if you are looking for a more professional finish, this is the point where we add a french seam. We only did the top edge with this seam, since you won’t see the other one once it’s stuffed with a pillow. To do a french seam, lay the pillowcase with wrong sides together.
Of course, you can always use the same method for regular burrito pillowcases, changing the fabric measurements to 24″ main fabric and 9″ cuff fabric, with the accent band still at 2.5″.
These are perfect for holidays, special occasions, or easy handmade gifts. The best part of making these for kids is that they don’t outgrow them! Well, maybe in taste, but not in size. Make one, or two, or a few!