Thursday, April 8, 2010

Housewife Style Pillow Case

If you google "housewife pillow case" you will find them for sale from a number of UK web sites. A housewife pillow case has a sewn flap on the open end. When the pillow is tucked in the case, this flap covers the pillow - no unsightly pillow to see and the pillow stays tucked where it should be.

Quite easy to make and sews up quickly. You can make it out of one long piece of fabric, and add a 10" wide flap. You could make it out of several fabrics, using up some fabric scraps.

I used some fabric scraps (yes, it does match my latest ruffled top!). I also added some vintage lace from my mother. She loved collecting older pillowcases with the lace! Choose a case in bad shape and reused the lace.
There are several sites which give you good instructions, each varies a little. Worth checking out. I had one sent to me a while ago, so I "eyeballed" how it was made. I could have made it a little more snug fitting.

Here are a couple of sites to start with. Once you learn a process, you can make them to fit any size pillow. These would be great for children's pillows!

http://www.alternative-windows.com/pillow-cases.htm
http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/search/label/pillowcase

Easy to make, and look gorgeous on your bed! Add laces, patchwork, pintucks!

A giant thanks to my Bernina yahoo group for talking about these pillow cases!

Happy Stitchery!
Charlene




5 comments:

Susan said...

What a great idea! I especially like the addition of the antique lace. Thanks so much for sharing!

Charlene - The Sew Box said...

Glad to share it. They are so nice and easy, I have more made and plan to make some as gifts now. Any size pillow works.

Happy Stitchery!
Charlene

American Quilter's Society said...

Charlene, thanks for leaving your blog site for us to read, it's a great blog. Check our facebook page on Friday to find out the winner of the Blog-of-the-Week!

This is a beautiful project.

www.americanquilter.com

HouseWife Pillowcase said...

the pillow case is absolutely great!

Charlene said...

They are so much fun! Try using your sserger as faster.sorry late on post as sick all week. Happy new year!