Bedding Tutorial #2–Pillow and Pillowcase, part 1

Today we are going to make a pillow and a pillowcase to go with our bed. I’m going to post these instructions in two parts just in case someone doesn’t need both sections. Both of these are probably one of the simplest things to make and once you learn how to do it, you can adjust the measurements I give you and make pillows of all sizes! The pillow we are going to make today is very close in size to the one that comes with Kit’s bed.

First off, from a piece of white (or neutral) fabric, cut a piece 8 inches x 9 inches. Press your piece of fabric so it’s nice and smooth. Then fold the long side (one of the ones that measures 9 inches) down a 1/2 inch and press it flat.
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Now fold it in half with right sides together and press it so you have a nice flat surface to sew on.
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Sew the long side and the short, unfolded end. Start at the folded end when sewing, it keeps things lined up better. I hope you an see the stitching okay, I would normally use white thread for this, but deliberately used the light shade of green in hopes it would show better.

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Now cut the bottom corner at an angle (just like we did on the bedspread). You only need to do this on the one corner where you have sewn. Be sure not to cut through your stitches!
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Now you can turn your pillow right side out, then press so it is nice and neat. If you don’t do this now, you don’t get a chance later!
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So, what to stuff it with? You can use polyfill, quilt batting or even fabric scraps. If using fabric scraps, you do want to make sure that you don’t use any really dark ones just in case you would ever need to wash your pillow for fear of fading. This is what I usually use:
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This next step is how I did it, if you are using regular polyfill you just want to put as much in as you need to get your desired plumpness. I cut a piece of batting 13 inches x 11 inches.
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I then folded it in half so it was 6 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches.
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I then folded it into thirds:

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Then I inserted it into the pillow. Be sure to push it down in a little bit extra so you have room to stitch the end. You can shake it back down in place once you are finished sewing.
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Pin your end closed and then sew:
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All finished! Here is the one I made beside the one that came with Kit’s bed.

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See these scraps of quilt batting–hang on to those if you think you are going to make more pillows, you can use them as stuffing!
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I will be posting the pillowcase tutorial later today, I thought it would be less confusing to have the instructions for it separate. See you in a bit! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Bedding Tutorial #2–Pillow and Pillowcase, part 1

  1. Perfect! I think yours looks nicer than the other one. Plump and smooth; not lumpy.

    I forget, what is the purpose of cutting the corner? (And is that where the phrase comes from – sewing?)

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