Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pillowcase with a Treasure Pocket: A Tutorial

Jakson insists on sleeping with about 40 (no exaggeration) little tiny plastic dinosaurs. They are the bane of my existence. He has each one memorized and inevitably loses them somewhere in his bed three or four times a night, which incites a scream fest until we go into his room and find the missing dino.

It is so annoying.

After a particularly frustrating dino rescue, I decided that an intervention was necessary. An intervention in the form of a pocket. And thus, the Pillowcase with a Pocket was born.

And since other moms might be having similar problems with little treasures in bed, I thought I'd share.
Pillowcase with a Pocket Tutorial

1 yard main fabric
1/2 yard coordinating fabric for border and pocket/flap piece
matching thread

Cutting instructions:

  • Cut two pieces, each 26" x 21" from the main fabric. These will be your main pillowcase pieces.
  • From the coordinating fabric, cut two pieces each 21" x 5 1/2" for the side border.
  • Also from the coordinating fabric, cut a 11" x 9" piece for the pocket and two pieces for the flap each 11" x 4".
In total, you should have 7 pieces cut, 2 from the main fabric and 5 from the coordinating fabric.

Getting started:
  1. Take one of the border pieces and pin it to the edge of one of the main pillowcase pieces, right sides together.
  2. Sew the two together, using a 1/2" seam

  3. Open and iron the seam towards the main portion of the pillowcase (we're going to be sewing this down later for a cleaner look).
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 with the other main and border pieces.
  5. Now set aside the completed pillowcase pieces.
Pocket instructions:
  1. Determine which side of your pocket piece is the top (should be one of the long sides). Turn the edge over 1/2" and then 1/2" again to create a hem.
  2. Press.
  3. Sew your hem down using 1/4" seam.
  4. Turn in the other 4 edges of the pocket 1/2" and press (with steam).
  5. To make the flap, take the two flap pieces and place them right sides together, pinning along the edges.
  6. Sew, using 1/2" seam around all 4 edges, leaving a gap for turning.
  7. Trim the corners.
  8. Turn the flap right side out.
  9. Tuck in the gap and pin, then top stitch around all of the edges except for the top (because you are going to sew this directly onto the pillowcase in a minute), making sure to close the gap that you left.
Attaching the pocket:
  1. Take one of the main pillowcase pieces that were set aside in an earlier step. Center the main pocket piece, wrong side down on the right side of the pillowcase and pin.
  2. Sew, using a 1/4" seam around the 2 sides and bottom of the pocket, leaving the top (already hemmed) edge open.
  3. For extra durability, you may want to sew another hem around all three sides, using 1/2" seam allowance.
Attaching the flap:
  1. Place the flap about 3" above the top of the pocket and line up the sides of the flap with the sides of the pocket.
  2. Pin to the pillowcase along the top of the flap.
  3. Sew just the top edge of the flap, using a 1/2" seam allowance.
  4. Again, for extra durability (this is for a child after all), sew another seam using 1/4" seam allowance.
Finishing it up:
  1. Take the two main pillowcase pieces (one has a pocket attached to it, the other does not) and place them right sides together, lining up the border edges. Pin
  2. Sew the two long edges and one side edge (the one without the border attached) together using 1/2" seam.
  3. Turn the pillowcase right side out.
  4. Sew the seam between the border piece and the main piece down (remember the seam that you pressed in step 3?)
  5. Complete the pillowcase by hemming the outside edge of the border piece. Turn under 1/2" and then 1/2", press, and sew.
  6. **I didn't do this, but you may want to add Velcro to the pocket so that it stays shut. One of these days, I'm going to go back and sew some on.
A great new place for all of those little trinkets! Down with lost toys!


Brittany said...

Just love this idea!

Also, your little miss is in first place still! I voted 4 times yesterday and eft a comment but forgot to tell you about the PDF. I'm thinking the flip-flop skirt is a must have in my collection! Thanks tons!

Melissa said...

Absolutely awesome!
Love the fabric too!

kelly said...

love it! what a fun idea!

Angela @ A Mama's Two Cents Worth... said...

Great tuorial!!

My maiden name is Storey (I wanted so bad to incorporate it into my son's name but came up with using my dad's first name as his middle name) but I love your daughter's name. Is it a family name?
nscrofan at rogers dot com

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I love this!

I am going to vote now!

Marigold Haske said...

Great idea! We have a similar issue with tiny cars.
(Found you via Totally Tutotials)

Tess said...

What a marvelous idea...

Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor said...

What a great idea and I love that you used dino fabric for all his dinos!!

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