DIY silk pillowcase for a better and healthier sleep
There is no more sensitive skin than on your face. So why do you sleep on a polyester pillowcase and make skin even more prone to problems? Use 100% silk pillowcase, especially if it is very easy to make so it doesn’t cost a fortune.
I heard many nice things about silk pillowcases. And after I made a silk fitted sheet I decided to make 2 pure silk pillowcases with embroidery on them to go with the silk sheet. I looked online and found out that silk pillowcases (especially with embroidery) are very expensive.
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Also, I would like to make envelope pillowcases so my pillows will not go out of them when in use. I don’t really like standard store-bought pillowcases that are coming together with bedding sets. When I look at my bed pillows are always can be seen going out of pillowcases. It is ugly and I always try to make button closures for such pillowcases. So if I make a pillowcase myself I can avoid this problem altogether and make an envelope pillowcase.
Moreover, I can put a nice embroidery on my pillowcases. I have an embroidery machine and always look for ways to embroider something. By the way, my embroidery machine Janome Memory Craft 350E is not top of the line and is not really the expensive one but it does the job nicely and I love to use it.
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As you see I gave you plenty of reasons to sew a pillowcase. With that said here is a tutorial to show you how easy it is to sew your own silk (cotton and linen will do also of course) pillowcase.
Measure the length (a) and the width (b) of your pillow. Also please note that measurements in this article are provided in metrics so if you are used to working with imperial system please use this chat from www.craftsy.com or this chat from www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk Use this figure below for cutting your fabric. You have to cut a rectangle with length = a + a + 30 cm + 5 cm + 5 cm
and width = b + 1.5 cm + 1.5 cm
Pre-wash your silk fabric in warm water and let it air-dry. If we are going to use it for bedding it has to go to the washer regularly.
Before pre-washing it is better to serge (to finish) 2 raw edges (other two are selvages, they don’t unravel) because the silk fabric is fraying a lot and if you pre-wash in the washing machine without finishing the edges first you will lose quite a lot of fabric in both ends.
So I pre-washed it in warm water (so it will not shrink later) and let it dry outside (not in the dryer). After that, I ironed it with a steam iron.
Cut the fabric using the figure above. You have to cut fabric very straight. I have a tutorial on my blog “How to cut fabric perfectly straight”. Subscribe to my blog in the form below and you can read and use it.
Put embroidery on it. Or embellish it as you like (with lace, for example). I put 4 corner designs on mine using metallic thread. And between them, I used just one of the hundreds of decorative stitches of my regular sewing machine.
And here is the link for metallic threads.
Finish one of the pillowcase’s shorter sides – for this turn the fabric in 5 cm and press. After that measure 4 cm from the fold line and turn the raw edge in with pins or basting using the marked line as a guide so your finish looks nice and neat. Press and topstitch on the wrong side close to the folded edge. Press again.
Fold the fabric along the 1-2 line ( look at the diagram above to see the line 1-2) wrong sides together and pin. Fold the fabric again along the 3-4 line wrong side together and right sides up. Pin.
We are going to make French seams now ( here is my tutorial on how to sew French seams) for a strong, durable and nice-looking finish. Use your serger to sew seams – the stitch line should be about 6-7 mm from the pattern line. Press seams flat on one side.
Now is the time to sew the other side raw edge which we didn’t finish. Turned it in enclosing the part of French seams and topstitch as straight as you can. Press.
So I would like to challenge and inspire you – sew something out of the ordinary. Take what you have learned in this tutorial and apply it to your life. Will you?
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