Wednesday, July 28

Tutorial - Ruffled pillowcase

Back to yesterday's post... the play tent.

It was a bit bare and since I still could not decide about the quilting thread for this quilt, I had a bit of time on hand. I also had this pillow that begged for a cover.

You will need:
* A pillow (mine is 18x18)
* Fabrics (for the 18" pillow here : 45x19 for the pillow and 2 strips 5x36 for the ruffles)
* Measuring tape
* Thread
* Sewing machine

- Wrap the fabric around the pillow to fit for size and cut to the correct dimension adding 1" for sewing allowance on both length and width
- Hem the short edge on both ends
- Wrap the fabric around the pillow again and pin the overlap together
- Turn the tube obtained inside out

- Cut the fabric strips for the ruffled edges - for a nice ruffle effect you will need at least 1.5 times the width of the finished pillow. I went for a more ruffled look so 2 x 18 = 36 " by 5" wide
- Fold in half and hem
- Use the longest stitch available on your machine for the ruffling thread and stitch along a second time

- Pull the one of the thread of the loose stitching to ruffle down to the width of the pillow with 1 inch to spare on each end
- Leave the last inch on both ends unruffled
- Pin the ruffle inside the inside out pillow "tube"
- Pull the last inch in for a nice finished effect
- Stitch along both ends
- Turn the pillow case right side out - So pretty!!

This is how the corners look like when you tuck in the ruffle

And this is the inside of the tent.


  1. This is an adorable pillow case! Love those ruffles, Caroline! :) You did a great job - and great tutorial!

  2. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks so much for the message you left. Sorry for posting here but I cannot find your email to contact you directly. I am so happy to hear you make weighted lap items. My son's ot has been recommending them for him for quite sometime. The therapy catalogs are outrageous with many of thier items. I would love to get some more information and order one from you. Again, I greatly appreciate the message - please feel free to contact me

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! BTW I just adored your doll outfit last week for the party. Thanks so much for linking up - I was more than happy to share it with everyone.

    Stephanie Lynn

  3. Darling pillow, so bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing.

  4. @ Amanda : Thank you ! I never thought I would be enjoying doing frilly things so much. And thanks for the feedback on the tutorial. I'm quite new at this, all comments help!

    @ Chic Creations:
    Thank you. I did quite know what to do with that fabric when I bought it a couple of years ago. I just loved the color combinations.

    @ Stephanie: I emailed you some details from my gmail account. My time is free. I'm glad to help another mom when I can. So if any cost, it would be for supplies and shipping. I'm thinking blue elephant unless your little one like another animal better. Hope to hear from you soon. I'm sure you are pretty busy!!

  5. That is really cute. That would be a cute idea for my kids playroom.

  6. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  7. That's just darling!! i LOVE your bright colors, and the ruffles are the perfect touch:)
    visting from
    PS. Come by and check out my giveaway going on right now:)

  8. This is SUPER cute! I love the fabric that you selected!!!

  9. You did a great job! Love the colors!
    Thank you for linking up, this week, to Anything Related!

  10. Wow, the tent even gets its own pillow?! You did a great job. Thanks for linking.

  11. Adorable fabric and pillow! The ruffles are just perfect.

  12. SO pretty! And so girly!

    Thanks for linking up at

  13. @ Kim : the tent is getting more than a pillow.. stay tuned for the next tent upgrade !

    Again thanks for all the positive feedback. It's a wonderful encouragement as I'm taking baby steps in the blog world!

  14. How cute! I love the fabric and the ruffles! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!


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