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Pillowcase doubles as gift wrap

Pillowcases make great gifts for Christmas and they can also be used as bags for Christmas presents and eliminate the use of paper. These pillowcases are self-hemmed and very easy to sew.

Little girls like soft colors with cats or ballerinas. Boys like all types of animals and motor vehicle prints. Southwestern prints are a hit with Scouts and campers. Christmas prints are always popular and help to brighten the bedroom throughout the holidays.

Wrap up a robe, pajamas and slippers and suggest a pajama party. Turn a pillowcase inside out and turn down the top to create a smaller bag. Tie with robes or cords and fray the ends up to the tie. If extra filler is needed add popcorn balls in the bottom of a pillowcase.

Start with a good grade of cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric for softness and durability. Prewash the fabric to eliminate unwanted shrinkage later.

For a set of standard pillowcases, cut two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 25 inches long, two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 6 inches long and two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 12 inches long. Finished standard pillowcase is 201/2 inches wide and 29 inches long.

For a set of queen pillowcases, cut two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 30 inches long, two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 6 inches long and two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 12 inches long. Finished queen pillowcase is 20 1/2 inches wide and 34 inches long.

For a set of king pillowcases, cut two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 35 inches long, two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 6 inches long and two panels of fabric 42 inches wide by 12 inches long. Finished king pillowcase is 20 1/2 inches wide and 39 inches long.

Press all of the panels before starting. Seam allowance is 1/2 inch and is trimmed to 1/4 inch when a serger is used. If a serger is not available, trim the seams 1/4 inch and overcast the edges.

Fold a 6-inch panel in half with wrong sides facing and press in place to create a 42-inch-by 3-inch panel. Fold a 12-inch panel in half with wrong sides facing and press in place to create a 42-inch-by 6-inch panel. Pin the 3-inch panel and the 6-inch panel together along the raw edge. Place the 3-inch panel next to the bottom of the top panel with the right sides facing and pin and sew the three panels together. Press the seam toward the top panel.

Fold the pillowcase in half with the right sides of the pillowcase facing. Start sewing at the bottom of the pillowcase and sew up to the top and across. Turn the finished pillowcase to the right side and press.


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