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Main Case Cut 2 -
57” x 22”
Trim Cut 2 -
42” x 4”
Cuff Cut 2 -
42” x 10”
(For Two Pillowcases)
The seam allowances for this pattern are listed in each section. Please read carefully and follow the seam allow-
ances given. Where we’ve used the term “Scant 1/4” seam allowance…,” we mean, “Slightly less than 1/4” seamallowance…”
Trim Each Seam as Sewn:
Check your work after each piece is cut and seam is sewn, and trim raw edges to be exactly even. Trim stray orfrayed threads from the fabric to ensure none poke out through the French seams.
Use quilter’s cottons, poplins, stretch poplins, percale, sateen, or flannel. This case would also be stunning as an
accent using silks.
Why use a French Seam on a Pillowcase?
French seams are used in applications where it is undesirable to see stitched edges of fabric from the outside of
the project. They also add an element of stiffness to the seams. We’ve used French seams on the cuffs of the pil-
lowcases so that there are no visible seams, even when the cuff is open at the end of the pillow. In addition, theFrench seams keep the cuff from being floppy, adding an elegant, stylish finish to the case. After all, why add an
artistic cuff to a pillowcase if it won’t stand up and be noticed? When sewing French seams, you’ll be sewing through more layers of fabric than you would with a traditionalseam finish. It’s helpful to use a new, sharp needle, a slightly elongated stitch, and if available, a walking foot
(commonly used in quilting to assist the fabric through the feed dogs). Sew slowly to prevent skipped stitches,Press often during the construction process, and if necessary, tame bulkiness using a rubber mallet.
Never done a French seam before? It’s easy—
we guide you through the process, step-by-step!
You’ll love the way your pillowcase looks and feels using French seam construction!
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