My son got to use his first pillow in bed a few months ago. While he was completely unsure of it in the beginning, he has only recently begun to finally actually use it at night instead of only thinking of it as a play toy. (Throwing pillows outside your crib is really fun! ;))
When I bought Jonathan’s toddler pillow, I found some for all different prices. You can find the one I bought by going here. I like it because it fits perfectly in his crib. With such a little head, he really didn’t need a full sized pillow, but this one is a great size! The measurements are 13″x18″.
Now once I started looking for pillowcases, I got a little annoyed. They were so expensive! I was not about to buy a toddler sized pillowcase for $15-$20. In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t THAT much money, but I’m pretty frugal with my money. I, instead, decided to make a pillowcase and I’m so glad I did! I made two pillowcases for Jonathan in the matter of, maybe, an hour. They turned out so cute too!
When I went to good ole’ Pinterest to look for some instructions, I actually had a hard time! Now, it isn’t that Pinterest didn’t have information, but either their instructions were hard to follow or they were for a smaller pillow than what Jonathan had. So these are the steps I took, and his pillowcases turned out great!
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- 1/4 yard minky or whatever fabric you choose for the trim
- 1/2 yard cotton fabric
1. The first thing you will want to do is to pre-wash your fabric, and if it needs it, go ahead and give it a quick ironing.
2. Cut your minky strip into a 8.5″ x 28.5″ rectangle. Cut two rectangles out of the cotton fabric measuring 14.5″ x 18.5″.
3. With right-sides together, pin and sew along the top, or the long side, of the cotton pieces using a 1/4″ seam.
4. Take your 8.5″ wide minky strip and fold it in half.
Now, I found it hard to pin the minky down to the cotton evenly. So, if you have the same problem I did, go ahead and sew the minky, right-side out, with a 1/4″ seam. Then, go ahead and pin the minky strip along the long-side of the cotton fabric every 1/2″ to 1″.
If you don’t have the same problem I had with the minky, go straight to pinning the minky, right-side out and folded in half, to the long-side of the cotton fabric every 1/2″ to 1″.
After you have pinned the minky to the cotton fabric, go ahead and sew them together with a 1/4″ zig-zag seam. You could use a walking foot, but you don’t have to. I also found that putting the minky on the top helps the process a bit.
5. Fold the pillowcase in half and pin around the remaining short and long edge of cotton. Sew the edges with a 1/4″ seam.
TA-DA! You now have an adorable pillowcase with a print and color that fits your little one. If you have absolutely any questions about the process, feel free to leave me a comment below!
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So until next time,