Today's handmade gift idea is a pillowcase - one of the simplest things to sew - but gussied up just a little with the addition of contrast flat piping on the front.
- 1 metre of 110cm wide fabric to make one standard pillowcase
- narrow strip of complementary fabric (3cm wide x at least 52cm long) for the flat piping.
Our sample is made from a Leah Duncan design for Art Gallery Fabrics, and a narrow contrast strip of Oakshott shot cotton in 'Zug'.
Take your 1 metre of fabric and cut it into the pieces shown above: cut in half down the length then trim each half to be 52cm wide. One piece will be the bottom of your pillowcase and you can cut the top two pieces out of the other half: 62 x 52cm and 32 x 52cm.
Sew together with a narrow seam allowance, then finish the raw edges together (zigzag or overlock).
Make a narrow hem on one short end of your longest (pillowcase back) piece.
- Jane & Fiona xx