I’m a minimalist when it comes to pillows on the bed. For a twin, I like two, maybe three tops. A bigger bed can hold up to five, but that’s pushing it. The bed in my old room at my mom’s house has no less than nine pillows, and it’s only a full! I think it was the agony of making that bed every day that made me take a “less is more” attitude when it comes to the beds I have to make as an adult. I made one sham to match the bedding for Charlie’s room, and since she still cosleeps on occasion, I needed a small decorative pillow too. You know, to shove down in the crack between the mattress and the wall. Because she may or may not have slid down in there once or twice. So now we take preventative measures!
I stuck with the LOVE design I’ve used on her onesie and her Gamma’s Mother’s Day shirt, but made it all horizontal to match the $1 travel pillow I snagged at Wal Mart. The front is scrap “Lamb in Pink” fabric from her duvet, and the back is an old tan sheet. See below the jump on how to quickly make a custom screenprinted removable pillowcase. I know, it’s a mouthful.
• Pretty fabric for the front
• Scrap fabric for the back (nobody sees it anyway!)
• Freezer paper
• Fabric ink
• Iron, thread, sewing machine, all that jazz
To screenprint the front:
2) Cut out your design on freezer paper, making sure the shiny side is down. Iron in place in the center of your fabric
3) Run a bead of ink over the top of your design, then squeegee it down over the fabric.
4) *WAIT FOR THE INK TO DRY* then peel off the paper. Sometimes I get impatient and peel it too early and ink gets everywhere.
5) Place a sheet of paper over your ink and iron for two minutes. Voila! You are done with the printing part!
To Sew the Pillow:
2) Sew 1/8″ seams on each backing piece on the end that will overlap. This creates an opening to take the pillow out and put it in. Pin the front and back right sides together.
3) Sew a 5/8″ seam all the way around.
4) Flip inside out and sew a 1/4″ topstitch seam if desired. My pillowcase was a little loose so I topstitched it. Now you’re done! The pillow fits easily through the opening in the back, but it doesn’t gape open when it’s inside because of the overlap.
I find this the easiest way to sew a pillowcase because there’s no messing around with zippers or ripping out seams when you want to switch it out. Besides, you save on fancy fabric costs when you use scraps on the back!
I don’t pretend to be a fancy seamstress by any means. I know my sewing isn’t perfect. But it’s nice to know that even if it’s not perfect, it’s still pretty. And I’m not limited to what I find in the store, it looks exactly how I want it to!