Beginner sewing tutorial on the basic pillow case with the added cuteness of baby hand prints 🙂
My mom’s birthday is coming up and I have been looking for something special to make her (especially since I didn’t get around to making anything for mother’s day…whoops). For us, any keepsake gift is extra special since she lives in PA and we live in GA, and sometimes it’s very hard watching my son grow and knowing she doesn’t get to see every little development he makes. So I decided I wanted to make something she would use and that would be memorable….Baby hand prints are adorable…pillow cases are SUPER easy to make (even for the most beginner sewer)…and such was created – the Hand Print Pillow Case!
First, gather your supplies:
- 1 yard of patterned 42″ fabric for the main pillow case section (something soft like linen or cotton)
- 1/2 yard of plain matching 42″ fabric for the trim section (I would recommend getting a yard if you are doing the hand prints… as babies are not always reliable to cooperate…it make take 2 or 3 tries!)
- Matching Thread
- Scissors/Rotary Cutter & Ruler
- Fabric Paint
- Fabric Marker
- Sponge Paint Brush
- Sewing Machine
- A Baby, Toddler, Kid, or (most likely unwilling) teenager
Prepare all your pieces:
- PRE-WASH YOUR MATERIALS!!! This is so important and it generally makes the fabric softer.
- Iron out your material.
- Cut the patterned fabric (main) to measure 42″ x 24″
- Cut the plain fabric (trim) to measure 42″ x 12″
Trim Fabric (Plain fabric)
- Open the 12″ piece and fold it in half lengthwise (right side out). Press.
- Fold it in half again, so it is half the length. This is what it will look like on the finished product (see photo).
- Use the fabric paint to paint the palms of your baby’s hands and press them on to the fabric, make sure to press every finger.
- Lightly use the sponge brush or your own finger to fill in gaps in the hand prints (be careful not to add too much paint, a little goes a long way).
- Follow the setting directions on your paint – i.e. mine requires 24 hours of dry time and then ironing to be fully set.
Joining the two fabric pieces:
- Line up the 42″ side of the trim fabric and the pattern fabric, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. Stitch. Use 1/2″ seams.
- Open the fabric so it is right side out and top-stitch along the previously sewn section.
- Use thread that corresponds to the patterned fabric, as this stitch line will be seen on the outside of the pillowcase.
- I really like using the “stitch in the ditch” presser foot (pictured), but just using a 1/8″ – 1/4″ seam will work find with a regular presser foot.
Bringing it all together:
- Fold your fabric in half, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, lining up the seams.
- Pin. Stitch around the raw edges with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
- OPTIONAL: I also like to use the “overlock” foot to finish the raw edges, since I do not have a serger. If you don’t have an overlock foot or such setting on your machine, you can just use a zig-zag stitch. I recommend doing this just because pillow cases get washed a lot and it will help prevent additional fraying and make you pillow case last longer!
Turn the pillowcase right side out and press. And it’s done!
I also added a little note on the inside using a fabric marker, stating the name and date of the hand prints 🙂