Care Package Pillowcase

Every time I make pillowcases, I feel like I am doing it wrong, then the pillowcase comes out fine and I feel mystified that the process worked, but vindicated that the process worked. All I can do is guess that the burrito method is not linear and that is part of the issue for me.

After finishing a big project, I wanted something quick. I also had making a pillowcase for one of the YM’s friends stuck in my head. I spent a lot of time pressing fabric on Friday night and came across a blue that would be perfect. I also found a perfect cuff fabric. Everything came together et Voilà! It was meant to be.

Dylan's Pillowcase
Dylan’s Pillowcase

I used my guide to remind me of the pillowcase making details and the project only took me a little bit of time. It was very satisfying to finish something.

This is for someone whose favorite color is royal blue. I haven’t heard of Royal Blue as a favorite in a really long time, if ever. People love turquoise (ahem) or periwinkle or navy, but Royal Blue is new one on me. Good thing I had some fabric that was close.

Tom's Pillowcase
Tom’s Pillowcase

Once finished I thought of the YM’s other good friend. All of the Musketeers would know if one got a pillowcase and the other didn’t, so I made a second pillowcase from some relatively subtle music themed fabric.

I thought I might have enough of that music fabric to make the YM one with a different cuff, so the two friends could coordinate their beds. I can dream, can’t I?

No such luck. The piece was larger than a yard, but not by much, so the leftovers are not large enough to make the body of another pillowcase. I might use the leftovers and a solid to make a cuff. The YM has plenty of pillowcases, though, so we will see.

I know I have some Star Wars fabric and a piece of Angry Birds yardage. I am tempted to make a few more pillowcases. Two of my nephews were using their Christmas pillowcases on Mother’s Day, so they might be the happy recipients of new pillowcases.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

10 thoughts on “Care Package Pillowcase”

  1. I love making (and being the recipient of) pillow cases. They ARE like magic.
    And I am sure that YM’s friends will be delighted with their surprises.

    1. I hope so. I am encouraging (well forcing) him to make a care package as one of his friends is all alone at school during the summer and I thought it would be a nice idea. Pillowcases are very easy gifts and shouldn’t be a problem with washing.

  2. I just read through the pillowcase tutorial for the first time, and it looks like some kind of sorcery to me. I need to make one now so I can see how it works!

    1. Every time I do it, it seems like sorcery, which is why I used the one tutorial to make my own. It does work, really, but it never seems like it will.

  3. Yours truly also loves royal blue 🙂 Your nephews will be happy to get new ones for sure! I actualy also used the burrito method for pillowcase making for charity, just because I wanted finished seams. I think it’s quiet simple and fascinating at the same time, although I, too, have to refer back to the instructions if I wanted to make another one. What if you made YM’s pillowcase reversed, using the turquoise body, and make a music cuff?

    1. Good to know there is another Royal Blue over out there. I also like the finished seams, especially when I give them away to the nephews or for the college students. I was also thinking of making the YM’s reversed. I have enough of the music fabric for a cuff, I am sure. Stay tuned!

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