Easy Pillowcase Tutorial

I often head to JoAnn's fabrics on Black Friday for what is there cheapest flannel prices of the year.  Yep, some are less than $2 a yard!  And while I have mixed feelings about shopping on such a busy shopping day, it's usually a great day for me to shop.  Someone's usually available to watch the kids, and I can escape for a few hours to get a head start on some on my Christmas presents (both to buy and make!)  Since I rarely get to the store right as it opens, I usually head right to the fabric ticket counter to get a number.  THEN I pick out my fabric.  So much better than waiting to get a number after I've picked my fabric!  

Today I'm going to show you what I made with some of my fabric that I purchased last year...a pillowcase!  You'll only need a yard, which makes it not only an easy project but also a cheap one too.  Keep reading for the full tutorial:

I apologize for the crumby pictures (and all those fabric wrinkles!)...I literally through these pillow cases together when my kids went out to play with their dad in the backyard one evening.  I didn't have much time!

I used a regular pillowcase as a guide.  What you can see here is a yard of fabric (folded in half--just like what you get on the bolt!) laying next to a white pillowcase that I already owned.

Here's the fabric all opened up.  I also finished the seams all around the edges:
fold the bottom edge over and sew:
Then fold the whole bottom side up a couple of inches, like this.
Sew along the edge of the folded up edge, making it a nice finished edge:
I like to flip the pillowcase over and sew another seam right on top of the one that I just finished, because I think two seams look better than just one.
Alright, now it's time to fold your pillow case in half and sew around the edges (the right side and the bottom side in the pillowcase in the picture below:
Turn it inside out and you've got a lovely pillowcase to use or give as a gift!  I think that they'd be perfect stocking stuffers if you rolled them up and tied them with a bow.  What do you think?  Do you have any favorite flannel projects?

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