September is a month of birthdays in my family. My father celebrated his 93rd birthday, my oldest son celebrates 53 years today, my youngest daughter will have a birthday next week (I will keep her age a secret!) and my granddaughter, Madelyn, just turned 16. I wracked my brain trying to think of what to get her that would be a special gift from me for this very special young lady, and I decided to make her some pillowcases for her bed. She just painted her bedroom a shade of orange, so I wanted to tie into that color. I watched a couple of video tutorials on the internet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrYWCma9wgM by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAomYjHzUQk by The Crafty Gemini. I didn’t make mine exactly like theirs, but I did make it in the “burrito” method, and made French seams so there are no exposed seams. I have also made them using a serger for the seams in the past, and that is a bit faster method. Here are Maddie's pillowcases, shown above.
Place the wrong side of the main part of the pillowcase against the right side of the cuff (right side will be facing you).
Place the folded strip on top of the main pillowcase fabric.
Again, I place them horizontally but remove them as I am sewing the seam.
Sew a ¼” seam through all layers, being careful not to catch your “pillowcase roll” in the seam and taking care not to sew over any pins. I used a smaller stitch for sewing all of the pillowcase seams, a “2” on my machine, and used the needle down feature.
Pull the pillowcase roll out of one end of the tube. The raw seam will be enclosed in the cuff.
Smooth the cuff from the wrong side first, making sure there is no fold or tucks in it.
Press from the right side.
Cut the selvedges off using your rotary cutter to give a smooth edge.
You could do a patchwork cuff to match the quilt, or do an applique cuff covered with organza with decorative stitching through all layers to accent the design (I saw that demonstrated at Seams Sew Easy in March and it was gorgeous). The possibilities are endless… you are the Designer with a capital D! Incidentally, Miss Maddie loved her paisley pillowcases! Her mother, my youngest daughter, wants a pair for her birthday, too.