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Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Sleepytime Pillowcases

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Vintage, Retro, Old School... or simply, "Hey, I remember that!" Designs with a nostalgic flavor go by many names, but are universally appealing. We start a new tutorial series today called Storybook Bedroom. It's sponsored by our creative friends at Moda Fabrics and features Lil' Rascals by Chloe's Closet. From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something. Don't know about you, but I want to collect my graham crackers and milk, find my favorite picture book, and settle down for a much-needed afternoon nap. Over the next few weeks, we'll unveil eight tutorials to outfit a toddler's bedroom. We envisioned a boy's room, but this collection's soft color palette and playful designs would work for any lil' rascal in your life. Today's project: easy pillowcases sure to make everyone look forward to slipping into the land of nod.

Moda's Lil' Rascals by Chloe's Closet is available now in-stores and online. Check out the S4H Shopping Directory for our favorite online retailers.

Our full series includes today's fun pillowcases as well as: a bound and personalized blanket, pleated valance, decorative pennant banner, storybook bedside caddy, tufted floor pillow, twin-size bed quilt, and a custom ukulele throw pillow (you heard me right... a ukulele, and yes, we provide a free pattern).

At the end of the series, Moda will sponsor a generous Great Giveaway with fabric cuts and more. Plus, as a special bonus, we've composed our own story to go along with the adorable Lil' Rascals illustrations. You'll be able to download this exclusive, one-of-a-kind S4H Picture Book FREE , courtesy of Moda. We don't want to brag... but we think it just might become a bedtime favorite.... move over Goodnight Moon!

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

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Fabric amounts shown are for ONE pillowcase:

  • 1 yard of 44-45" wide fabric for the pillowcase body: we used Lil Rascals from Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics in Rascal Natural for one pillowcase and Kitty Yellow for the other pillowcase
    NOTE: If your print has a strong horizontal motif, you might need 1¼ yard to make it all work.
  • ⅓ yard of of 44-45" wide coordinating fabric for the pillowcase trim: we used Lil Rascals from Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics in Blanket Tan
    NOTE: The cut is 9" wide so you could get away with ¼ yard, but your cuts would have to be exact; you'll be safe at ⅓ yard
  • Scrap or ⅛ yard of 44-45" wide coordinating fabric for the pillowcase flange accent: we used Lil Rascals from Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics in Sugar & Spice Yellow
    NOTE: You could also use a Honey Bun pre-cut if you have one
  • All purpose thread to match fabrics
  • See-through ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Seam gauge
  • Tape measure

Getting Started

  1. From the fabric for the body of each pillowcase (Rascal Natural and Kitty Yellow in our samples), cut TWO 21" x 27" pieces. 
    NOTE: If you are using a directional print, your design should run horizontally along the 27" width.
  2. From the fabric for the pillowcase trim (Blanket Tan in our sample), cut ONE 9" x 41" piece. 
    NOTE: Again, check your print direction if necessary.
  3. From the fabric for the flange accent (Sugar & Spice Yellow in our sample), cut TWO strips 1½" x 21".

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

Attaching the flange and creating the pillowcase body

  1. Press the two flange strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Once pressed, each strip is now ¾" wide.
  2. The flange in our sample is designed to show about ½" out from the seam between the trim and pillowcase body. This means we have to pay attention to where we position the flange. The folded strip should be ¼" from the raw edge (or a total of 1" from the fold to the raw edge) along each short side of each pillowcase body piece (the 21" side).
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    NOTE: We used scraps and so needed to use as little fabric as possible. If you have a bit more fabric, you could cut your strips a full 2". Folded in half, the strips would then be 1". You could exactly align the raw edges of the folded flange with the raw edge of each pillowcase body piece... instead of insetting ¼" as I did. With this method, after your ½" seam, you'd have a ½" reveal.
  3. Using a machine basting stitch, stitch each flange in place, staying within the ½" seam allowance.
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  4. Place the two pillowcase body pieces (with the flanges basted in place) right sides together.
  5. Pin along both sides and across the bottom.
  6. Stitch both sides and across the bottom, using a ½" seam allowance.
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  7. Zig zag, overcast or serge the raw edges of all the seam allowances so when the pillowcase is laundered these do not fray. We used a serger to finish our edges. For more information, see our article on machine sewn finishes
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  8. Turn the pillowcase right side out. Push out the trimmed corners from the inside to make nice, square corners on the outside. Use your finger or a blunt edge tool, like a large knitting needle or a chopstick. Press well.
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Pillowcase trim

  1. Finish one long edge raw edge of the pillowcase trim piece with an overcast stitch, zig zag stitch or serger.
  2. Press a double-fold hem along this finished edge. To do this, turn up the finished edge ½" and press, then turn up another 4" and press again.
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  3. Unfold the pressed hem. Your fold lines will remain.
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  4. Fold the 9" x 41" trim piece in half, right sides together, so it is now: 9" x 20½".
  5. Pin in place securely along a ½" seam allowance line, and test to see if this 'trim circle' fits the pillowcase body by slipping the trim circle over the open end of the pillowcase. The open edge of the pillowcase body and the trim circle need to be a perfect match. If the trim circle seems a bit too big or too small, adjust your seam allowance accordingly.
  6. Using the appropriate seam allowance you tested above, stitch along the 9" raw edge. Press the seam allowance open.
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  7. Re-fold the ½" first fold of the bottom hem. Re-press and pin in place.
  8. Edgestitch this part of the hem in place. It will become the finished edge inside your pillowcase.
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Finish the pillowcase

  1. Again, slip your trim circle over the open end of your pillowcase body, right sides together, matching raw edges and aligning the trim's seam with one of the pillowcase body's side seams. You are matching the raw edge of the pillowcase opening with the raw edge of your trim piece. Pin all around.
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    NOTE: Here's another point to TEST your seam allowance. Place a few pins horizontally along the ½" seam line. Then, check from the right side to see if the flange reveal is really how you want it to be.
  2. Once you've tested and insured you have the proper seam allowance to give you the correct flange reveal, stitch all around the pillowcase opening, using a ½" seam allowance. Press the seam up towards the pillowcase trim.
  3. 'Re-fold' the remaining 4" of the trim's hem, following the pre-pressed line. This will bring the folded edge of the trim around to the inside of the pillowcase.
  4. The folded/edgestitched hem of the trim should neatly overlap the inside pillowcase/trim seam.
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  5. Pin in place from the front.
  6. As you look at your pillowcase from the front, you should have 4" of trim showing from seam to folded edge.
  7. Topstitch ¼" in from the seam - on the trim side, to secure the trim's hem in place. Press well.
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  8. Here's what your pillowcase trim should look like from the outside (left) and inside (right).
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Hints & Tips

If you like these pillowcases, check out our other variations below. This tutorial is so easy, it's quick and fun to make special pillowcases for all kinds of special occasions.

Fresh Linens: Restful Rose-Banded Pillowcases with Honey Bun Accents

Mother's Day: Charmeuse Satin Pillowcases with Velvet & Lace Trim

Visions of Sugarplums Christmas Pillowcases

Visions of Sugarplums Christmas Pillowcases for Kids

Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Debbie Guild

Other machines suitable for this project include the Elna 2600 Pink and the Bernina bernette 92C.

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Comments (18)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ badgersue - these are sized for standard pillowcases, but you could certainly adjust the cuts for a smaller size.
badgersue said:
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Are these standard size pillowcases or toddler size? They're adorable!
Sylvia S. said:
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I don't know about glow-in-the-dark fabric, but Superior threads has glow-in-the-dark thread!!
SharonT said:
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The pillowcases are great. Each of my 11 grandchildren have several right now and want more. I have a request for a glow-in-the-dark pillowcase and am having trouble finding fabric to fill this request.smilies/smiley.gif I also love making the story books.
SharonT said:
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My 11 grandchildren love these pillow cases. Each child has at least 3 or 4 of them now. One grand daughter has asked for a pillow case made from glow-in-the-dark fabric. I am having trouble finding any at this time. I did find some a few years ago but not recently.
Virginia A said:
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I made my grandson and grandaughter pillow cases when they were quite young and now they are 16 and 13 and insist my daughter put those pillowcases on their pillows. Remember whatever we do for our children and grandchildren we are making memories.
CarolW said:
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My grandchildren will love these! Directions and illustrations are wonderful.
SusanG said:
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That is soo cute! Now,I want to make that pillow case. This will be a perfect small project for my two kiddos.
Jill@ home said:
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I'm just dying to make pillowcases now. These are so fun and look so easy. Can't wait for the weekend to get started.
I Made It Myself said:
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LOVE IT!! Such an easy project and another great easy way to make pillowcases for the Million Pillowcase Project...thank you!
MonicaS said:
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How sweet these pillowcases are!!! The fabric is so so super cute. My little guy would love these so much more than his boring old pale blue ones. His room needs a refresh. Looking forward to more of the tutorials.
Jenna1964 said:
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So darling. I remember curling up in bed and my mom reading a bedtime story forty years ago. My favorite story book had similar drawings. A real nice memory. Maybe I will make cat bed from the Rascals for my ginger cat, Mathilda. I think I saw cat bed here.
GinaInTrenton said:
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You always find the best fabrics and know just what to make with them. I'm new sewing and fabric shopping. My mom sewed, but she bought only cheap sale fabric. That kind of turned me off to sewing but thanks to sew4home I'm learning and now know how to find fabric I love.
MarciaFlorida said:
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These are so very cute.... will be checking back for the series and the storybook.
Carol Green-Cox said:
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A very pretty picture. I love Moda fabrics and this is so cute and vintage looking. Making pillowcases is such a good idea. It looks easy and what a great way to make the bed inviting without spending so much for a whole set. I know my son would love the dog print and I plan to use the kitty print for my daughter who wants a real kitty badly. I secretly want these for myself.
GayleM said:
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Cute tut and just in time! We are about to have our 5th grandchild - the 4th boy!smilies/cheesy.gif
Erica J said:
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Adorable. I love the fabric and how you put the prints together. You have the cutest ever tutorials, with the best instructions and gorgeous photography. Eager to see more of this room!!
moda lissa said:
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The pillowcases are yummy. I can't wait to see the storybook.

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