THIS PARTICULAR method is about making the most of a beautiful vintage flat sheet.
So, it's all about taking advantage of the already beautiful finished hem.
|Or, you can do what LP did. Use the vintage sheet, make the pillowcases, and then add a decorative stitch.|
With this method -- you rip the sheet into long pieces, then basically fold the piece and sew the two sides to create the pillowcase.
The finished pillowcase has a decorative hem on ONE side of the pillowcase...and a pocket on the back side of the pillowcase.
Here are the basic dimensions to yield a pillowcase 22" wide by 30" long: (customize to fit your own pillows)
24" wide by 66" long. (one end will be the decorative hem -- the other end will be the 6" pocket).
1.Sew a folded 1/2" hem at the plain end, then fold a 6" pocket to the inside.
2.Fold the fabric in half (wrong sides together), sew both sides.
3.Turn the pillowcase (so the right side is on the INSIDE) -- sew down both sides for a second time, enclosing the raw edges.
FINI. Turn again! PERFECT...right??
I did such a crappy job of explaining this to my TMBC -- most of them ripped it as many times as they sewed it. SORRY...
One of the problems is that a vintage white sheet doesn't have a discernible right or wrong side.
So -- at our next breakfast -- I used a printed stripe fabric to create some scaled down step-outs to actually SHOW THE STEPS...(and how to get that damn pocket folded correctly!)
|Does this help??|