I decided to teach my seven year old the basic fundamentals of sewing. I thought a pillow case would be the best palce to start. While certain parts of the process were less than exciting to her, she was absolutely thrilled with her new pillow case and has been quite attached to it ever since.
I hope the following provides you with a clear tutorial on how to make a bordered pillow case.
What you will need to make a standard size pillow case:
These are all based on fabric that is 42-45 inches wide.
3/4 to a yard of fabric; this will be the main color of the case
11 inches to a 1/3 of a yard of fabric; this will be your border fabric
2 to 3 inches of fabric; this will be your trim
The reason why I give a range is because I like to get a little mroe than I need to accomodate mistakes but also to use for other projects. If you want to get the bare minimum then go with the lower amount.
Cut your main fabric (the yellow lady bug one) 27 inches x the width of your fabric. Line them up along the width. Pin in place and sew a 1/4 inch seam, making sure to catch all the layers in the seam. Incidentally, all seams are 1/4 inch unless noted otherwise.
Open up your seam and press.
Top stitch again a 1/4 inch into the main fabric. Press and voila, a new pillow case for sweet little heads.