Pillowcases for Oncology Kids

 

 

 

This is a great cause to start with, but this morning it became more pressing.  Pillowcases for Oncology Kids has been asked to provide pillowcases to families affected by the current NSW bushfire disaster.   That’s a lot of people, and I know I have fabric in my stash, and time in my day to get some done.  Patchwork & Stitching magazine are collecting for Oncology Kids until the end of October, and you can send pillowcases to:  Patchwork & Stitching/Pillowcase Appeal, Locked Bag 111, Silverwater NSW 1811.  They need to arrive before the end of the month. Alternatively you can post directly to Pillowcases for Oncology Kids, 22 Lacebark Grove, Warrigee NSW 2540 until the end of November.

Need instructions?  Do you have this magazine? If so, turn to page 70 & 71 for instructions.  If not … read on below.  I use french seams to make the pillowcases as durable as possible.

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Pillowcase Instructions
Here are the instructions from Pillowcases for Oncology Kids for two types of pillowcases they usually receive.  Remember: feel free to be creative and come up with your own patterns.

Basic Pillowcase

MATERIALS

  • 1.1m (1 1/4yd) coloured print or plain***
  • Matching thread.
  • Scissors: fabric and craft
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Iron and ironing-board
  • Sewing machine
  • General sewing supplies

 *** If you would like to use two different fabrics for each side of your pillowcase, you will still need 1m of each fabric, however the quantities will mean you will have enough for two pillowcases.

 FINISHED SIZE:  47cm x 73.5cm (18in x 29in)

 Note: It is recommended all fabrics be 100 per cent cotton, pre-washed and well ironed. Requirements are based on fabric 112cm (44in) wide unless stated otherwise. All strips are cut across the fabric width. The 1.5cm (5/8in) seam allowance used throughout is included in the cutting measurements. Please read the instructions before you begin.

 CUTTING
Cut all strips across the width of the fabric.
From the coloured print or plain fabric, cut:  – two 50cm strips, then crosscut one 50cm x 95cm strip for the back and one 50cm x 78cm strip for the front.

 CONSTRUCTION
Sew a 1.5cm double hem along one short side of each piece of fabric.

Note: If your chosen fabric is directional, place both pieces right side up and hem the right-hand side of the 78cm strip and the left-hand side of the 95cm strip so the print faces the correct way when the pillow is constructed.

With the wrong side facing up, fold the hemmed edge of the longer strip back 17cm and press it. This forms the flap inside the pillowcase for the pillow to slip into.

Put the pillowcase front and the back together with right sides facing and the hemmed seams aligned. Pin the pieces together on all three sides, leaving the hemmed edges open. Sew the pieces together.

Clip the corners, turn the pillowcase right side out and press.

BUY A LITTLE MORE FABRIC, DOUBLE THE CASES

Using 1.8m (2yd) of fabric, cut two 50cm strips down the length of the fabric to make two pillowcases. Stitch a 1.5cm double hem on each end of the fabric. With the wrong side up, fold the fabric back 17cm on one end and press. With right sides facing, stitch down both side seams, leaving the hemmed edge open. Clip the corners, turn it right side out and press.

Horizontal Strip-Pieced Pillowcase

MATERIALS

  • 25 coloured strips at least 80cm (7/8yd) long
  • 1m (1 1/8yd) coloured print or plain for back
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors: fabric and craft
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing-board
  • General sewing supplies

FINISHED SIZE:  47cm x 73.5cm (18in x 29in)

 CUTTING
Cut all strips across the width of the fabric.
From each of the 25 assorted coloured fabrics, cut:  – one 3cm strip.
From the coloured plain or print fabric, cut:  – one 50cm strip and crosscut one 50cm x 95cm strip for the back.

 CONSTRUCTION

Arrange the 25, 3cm coloured strips side by side in a pleasing pattern. Sew the strips together with a 5mm seam allowance, pressing the seams open. Trim the panel to 50cm x 78cm.

 Sew a 1.5cm double hem along the short side of both panels.

 Note: Refer to the note in the Basic Pillowcase instructions if your backing fabric is directional.

 With wrong side facing up, fold the hemmed edge of the pillowcase back 17cm and press. This forms the flap inside the pillowcase for the pillow to slip into.

 Put the pillowcase front and the back together with right sides facing and the hemmed seams aligned. Pin the pieces together on all three sides, leaving the hemmed edges open. Sew the pieces together.

 Clip the corners, turn the pillowcase right side out and press.

 Want to get creative?  Why not get some trim to sew into the seams of the pillowcase? Braids, pompoms or fringes could work well, just ensure they are tightly fastened; piping and ricrac can also look good and appliqué works well too.

 Just remember whatever embellishing you do, someone special will be sleeping on your pillowcase and the last thing they want to do is wake up with imprints from seamlines or embellishments on their face!

 Instead of piecing the whole front of the cushion with strips, you could piece a section towards the flap. You don’t have to stick to strips either; you could make blocks, hexagons, triangles or Flying Geese – anything you want.

 Top Tips

Remember to use a full 1.5cm hem throughout your pillowcases. They will get a lot of love and the hems need to be durable.

 Tabitha from Pillowcases for Oncology Kids says to use durable fabrics for your pillowcases. “We choose to use 100% cotton fabric for our pillowcases as it is hard and washes really well.”  Tabitha also recommends letting your imagination go wild with patterns and colours. “We get some of the most amazing fabric combinations – things we wouldn’t venture to do, but look fantastic together. So don’t be afraid to experiment!”

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