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Travel/Toddler Pillowcases

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Materials
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • 5/8th yard of main body fabric
  • 1/3rd yard of hem fabric
  • 1/8th yard of flange contrast fabric
  • 5” of fusible No Show Weblon or Poly Mesh stabilizer
  • Lightweight tear away stabilizer to fit hoop
  • Spray Adhesive
  • 13” x 18”, 14” x 19” or 14” x 20” travel or toddler pillow

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create


    Step 1:
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    Cut the main body fabric 18” deep by 31” wide
    Cut the hem fabric 9” deep by 31” wide
    Cut the contrasting flange fabric 1 ½” deep by 32” wide
    Cut a piece of fusible no show stabilizer 5” deep by 10” wide


    Step 2:
    We want to position the fusible stabilizer to the inside of the hem where the embroidery will be placed. Start by opening the whole 9” x 31” hem fabric in half lengthwise, raw edges even. The right hand side of that folded hem is where you will want to place the embroidery. Open up the fold on the fabric, the lower right hand side is where you will place the fusible stabilizer and fuse to the fabric about 1” above the bottom edge and 2” over from the right end of the fabric. 

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    Step 3:
    To mark the placement for the embroidery fold the hem fabric in half lengthwise again. Measure up 2 ¼” from the folded edge and mark a horizontal line with a fabric marker; measure 8” from the right hand edge of the fabric and mark a horizontal line for the center of design.

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    Step 4:
    Hoop tear away stabilizer in your embroidery hoop; spray adhesive on the wrong side of the hem fabric where the stabilizer is and place the fabric over the hoop aligning the nubs on the ends of the hoop with the line drawn on the fabric and aligning your center mark with the marks on your hoop.

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    Step 5:
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    Some embroidery formats automatically have the embroidery file in the correct orientation, some don’t. If necessary rotate the Nap Sayings file of your choosing so that the embroidery will stitch in the proper direction on the pillowcase hem.


    Step 6:
    Align the embroidery needle over your center of design marks on your fabric and stitch the design.

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    Step 7:
    Remove the embroidery from the hoop; tear away the tear away stabilizer; lift and trim the fusible stabilizer around the design.

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    Step 8:
    Open out the main body fabric. If it is a one directional print the print should be facing the top of the table at this point. Press the flange fabric in half lengthwise. Align the raw edges of the folded flange with the edge of the body fabric across the full 31” width. The flange maybe slightly wider that the main body fabric. That excess will be trimmed later.

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    Step 9:
    Align the hem fabric, face down, with the raw edges of the body fabric and the flange. The embroidery should be face down on the upper left of the project.

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    Step 10:
    Place pins vertically across the top of the project to keep the body fabric, flange and hem fabric aligned.

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    Step 11:
    Start rolling the full width of body fabric across the bottom edge up to right under the hem fabric.

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    Step 12:
    Continue rolling until the body fabric roll is right up to the pinned edge of the fabrics.

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    Step 13:
    Take the bottom edge of the hem fabric around the rolled fabric and up even with the raw edges of all the other fabrics.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the horizontal placed pins and pin the back edge of the hem fabric to the rest of the fabrics having all raw edges aligned. You can let the inner rolled fabrics relax into the folded hem fabric. Replace the pins in a vertical position down the length of the pillowcase as you will be sewing along this edge

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    Step 15:
    Stitch with a ¼” seam allowance down the edge of the whole roll. A 3mm” stitch length and a walking foot is recommended.

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    Step 16:
    Pull the body fabric out from the hem fabric. This will also turn your hem fabric right side out.

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    Step 17:
    Press the hem on both the front and the back.

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    Step 18:
    Trim the sides of the fabric, flange and hem to make sure they are straight.

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    Step 19:
    Fold the entire pillowcase in half right sides out aligning the side and top edges, pin. Be sure to double check that the seams at the flange are aligned.

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    Step 20:
    Starting at the hem, stitch down the edge of the pillowcase; pivot at the top corner and stitch across the top with a ¼” seam allowance.

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    Step 21:
    Trim the seam down the side edge and across the top to 1/8th “.

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    Step 22:
    Turn the pillowcase wrong side out. Roll out the edges of the seam and press.

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    Step 23:
    Stitch from the hem to the top of the pillowcase, pivot at the corner and stitch across the top of the pillowcase with a ¼” seam which will encase your original seam. Go slowly over the hem flange seam as it is quite thick at this point.

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    Step 24:
    Turn the pillow case right side out and give the seams a final press.

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    Step 25:
    Insert the pillow and your Travel/Toddler pillow is complete!

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    Step 26:
    The “Are We There Yet?” pillowcase is made in exactly the same way.

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    Step 27:
    The “Siesta” pillowcase is made the same too and I though especially appropriate for a man.

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    Step 28:
    The “I Love Naps” for the mom in the family seems appropriate.

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    Step 29:
    The “Dream Maker” will work for young women of many ages.

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    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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