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How to Make the Perfect Pillowcase

How to Make the Perfect Pillowcase

This tutorial will teach you how to make the Perfect Pillowcase, a unique accessory for any bed.  Sized to fit a standard or queen-sized pillow.

Materials Needed:

(3) Complementary Cotton Woven Fabrics

Rotary Cutter or Scissors

Cutting Mat

Sewing Machine

Begin by cutting your fabric.  You will fold your fabric down the middle and line up opposite selvedge edges.  Smooth out fabric and make sure it is as straight as possible before cutting.  At the completion of your cut, you will have a long rectangle that still contains selvedge edges on both short sides.

Main Fabric - 27" x 44/45" 

Cuff Fabric - 9" x 44/45"

Accent Trim - 3" x 44/45"

Cut all three fabrics based on the sizes listed above.  Mix and match your fabrics to create an eye-appealing design.

Fold the main piece, wrong sides together, and lay it upon your work station. Make sure your selvedge edges are lined up precisely.  Repeat for the cuff and accent piece.  Line up all three cuts at the folded edge and lay them on top of each other.

Ensure that the folds are well lined up.

Cut the selvedge edge straight by using your ruler and mat to ensure a clean line. 

Straight cut shown below.  You now have three pieces of fabric with the same width.

Fold accent piece in half lengthwise, wrong sides touching, and press to create a sharp fold.

Put cuff on workstation, right side up.  Place main fabric on top of that, right side up.  Ensure that the top edges line up.  Finish the fabric "sandwich" with the accent piece, raw edges lined up with the other two fabrics' edges.  The folded edge of the accent piece will be facing downwards.

Slowly roll up the main fabric, careful not to roll the cuff along with it.  Stop rolling before you get to the accent piece.

Make a burrito roll by gently pulling up the bottom of the cuff and lining it up with the edge of the sandwiched fabrics.  Pin or clip the center to secure.  (Make sure you have all layers pinned/clipped.)

Take your time and continue pinning down the length of the fabric sandwich.

Sew with 1/4" seam allowance, backstitching at beginning and end.  Gently pull the fabric completely out of the "burrito".

Press fabric, taking care to crease the fold of the cuff well.

After material is ironed, fold the fabric, wrong sides together, and line up the raw edges to prepare to sew.  

Make sure the seams of the cuff and accent piece are lined up and clip or pin.  Sew with 1/4" seam allowance down the two raw edges of the pillowcase.

Cut seam allowance down to 1/8" using a ruler and a rotary cutter.  Be careful not to cut the stitching of the seam.  You are making room for the French Seam created in the next step.

Turn the pillowcase inside out. This part can be a bit tedious so take your time.  Work the seam you just made to the edge of the pillow case with your fingers.  Rub the seam a few times between your index finger and thumb until you feel/see it extend out. 

If you have trouble, put a hand inside the pillowcase and poke the seam out.  If you skip this part, you will end up sewing too much fabric in the next step when you create your French Seam.

As you continue to pull the seam flush around the edges, pin or clip as you go to keep your material in place.

Sew around the pinned/clipped edges with a 1/4" seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and the end.  This creates your French Seam.

French Seam interior view of cuff.

Turn pillowcase right-side out.  Press.

You have completed the Perfect Pillowcase!  

Mix and Match your favorite fabrics to create your own home decor!

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The Origins of Apothecary Fabrics

The Origins of Apothecary Fabrics

It was Christmas morning, December 25, 2014.

silver christmas train decoration

I had saved the biggest box for last and grinned up at my husband.  This present was heavy and I had no idea what it could be. I ripped open the Santa Claus wrapping and came face to face with a Janome sewing machine.

Looking up at my husband's bright, expectant face stopped me from asking why I was looking down at this machine when I had absolutely no idea how to sew.

"It's wonderful, honey," I said.  "I can't wait to learn to sew."

But I could wait.  And I did.

Fast forward three years later to early Fall of 2017.  I was putting a load of laundry into the dryer and I looked up at the unopened sewing machine box that was perched on the upper laundry room shelf.

white laundry room with 90s inspired wallpaper border and front end loaded washer and dryer

Stretching up on my tiptoes, I pulled the box down and, after three years, unboxed the sewing machine for the first time.  I figured I could sew up some simple pillow cases before I put it back in the box and left it alone for another few years.

I used the instructions in the Owner's Manual to thread the machine and try my first few stitches.  After I learned how to backstitch and sew a straight line, I thought I'd try a quick project.  I turned to YouTube and found a beginner's tutorial for keyfobs.  An hour later, I had made my first sewing craft ever:

pink, purple, and white key chain

I was proud of myself.

The next day, I looked up a tutorial on how to make tote bags.  By 2am the following morning, I had these to show off:

handmade tote bags sitting on a granite countertop

Again, super proud.

I figured if my first projects looked this good, if I spent some time honing my craft, I could become a decent seamstress.

I set up a sewing station in the front room of our house and sewed daily.  I enjoyed finding tutorials online and adding my own flair.

small table with sewing machine set up on it

For the next couple of years, I began stitching my daughter's clothing and found great joy in making one-of-a-kind, wearable art.

blond hair female child wearing a turquoise dress with bluebird

At this point, it was 2019.  My family had moved to a larger home where I had a designated sewing room.  Fabric was coming out of my ears by this point and I found that curating my textile collection was something that really invigorated me.  

bright room bordered with large square windows hosting a variety of sewing supplies and fabric

I decided since I adored mixing and matching fabrics to use on my home projects, I could make the transition to offering my skills to other sewists.  I opened up a wholesale accounts with Riley Blake and Art Gallery Fabrics.  My plan was to purchase one collection at a time to offer and build up my business slowly and without the use of a loan or credit.

bolts of fabric lined up on a decorate shelving unit

I made my first wholesale purchases from Riley Blake and Art Gallery.  Above, you will see my very sparse bookshelf after my first orders arrived.  It may not look like much but I was thrilled.

I created an LLC and opened my Etsy shop in October of 2019.  My focus on fast-shipping (one business day from order) and excellent customer service garnered many compliments from my customers.

open mailbox filled with a large white box and pink poly mailers

Since opening, I've slowly built my business and inventory and only curate the finest in textiles, notions and patterns.  I'm excited for what the future holds for Apothecary Fabrics and look forward to growing my little home-based shop!

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