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Frilled Pillowcase with Tie Fastenings

I've acquired craft skills from Pakistan, England & Sweden, including pottery, metal forging/welding, wood sculpturing and resin creations.

Safety First

As there are people out there who are just beginning on their journey of complete home furnishing. I would advise taking great care when it comes to dealing with sharp knives, scissors and especially pins. Where silicon padded gloves if necessary and make sure you use a pin cushion for all your collection of pins. Stay away from the fireplace in your house, as the majority of the fabrics are highly flammable.

To make this pillowcase, you will need suitable fabric and the basic sewing kit. Firstly, cut out two panels to the same size as the pillow, plus 1.5 cm all around. Cut out a strip of fabric for the internal flap; the length should measure the same as the pillows width, plus 1.5 cm. by 15 cm wide. Cut out a piece of fabric for the frill to twice the entire perimeter of the pillow.

The width of the frill fabric should be twice the width of the finished frill, plus 3 cm for the seam allowance. Make up the frill as a continuous strip. Mark divisions at the frill seam line with tailors tacks in order to align the frill with diagonally opposite corners; this will ensure an even distribution of gathers.

1. Measuring Ties Cut out ties from the pillowcase fabric. The number required depends on the size of the pillowcase. Here, there are three pairs of ties, made from six fabric pieces, each 25 x 5 cm. Make ties to the size required.

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2. Aligning Frill Take one of the panels and, on the right side, align the tailors tacks made on the frill to one corner of the panel. Pin the frill to the panel at this point, right sides together. Align the tailors tacks to the corner diagonally opposite, and pin.

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3. Gathering Frill Pull on gathering stitches from the pinned corner so that one long and one short side of the frill is the same length as the corresponding side of the panel. Arrange gathers so they are evenly distributed. Pin and tack. Align, pin at corners, gather, and secure the other half of the frill to the remaining two sides.

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4. Turning Hem On the back panel of the pillowcase, turn under and pin a double hem of 5 mm, followed by 1 cm, to the wrong side of one short edge. Press, tack, and sew along this hemmed edge, this will be the open edge. Remove the tacking stitches.

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5. Hemming Flap Lay out the strip of fabric for the internal flap. On one long edge, turn under a double hem of 5 mm, followed by 1 cm, to the wrong side. Pin, press, tack and sew.

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6. Attaching Ties Pin and tack three of the fabric ties to the frilled edge of the pillowcase opening. Position one of the ties centrally, and the other two ties equidistantly to either side.

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7. Joining Panels Lay the pillowcase back panel over the front panel on top of the frill, right sides together, matching the hemmed edge to the seam line of the frill. Pin and tack along the three unhemmed sides.

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8. Attaching Flap Place the flap fabric, right side down, at the open end of the pillowcase, on top of the frill, ties, and hemmed edge of the back panel. Pin and tack in place, taking care not to sew through the hemmed edge of the opening. Machine sew all around the pillowcase, 1.5 cm from the edges. Remove the tacking stitches, and turn the pillowcase right sides out.

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9. Completing Ties Complete the fastenings by pinning, tacking, and sewing the other three ties to the open edge of the pillowcase, adjacent to the ties secured within the frill. Press the finished pillowcase.

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The Finished Pillowcase

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Broderie Anglaise

As an alternative to preparing a homemade frill, you can use a piece of ready-made edging, such as Broderie Anglaise, for this type of pillowcase. Broderie does not need to be gathered as much as a frill; use a strip one-and-a-half times the length of the pillows circumference. To make this pillowcase, you will need fabric, broderie anglaise, and the basic sewing kit.

1. Joining Broderie Anglaise Tack the strips together, right sides facing.

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2. Sewing French Seams Sew a french seam 5 mm from the edge. Remove the tacking stitches, trim the seams, and press.

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The Finished Pillowcase

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Temoor Dar

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