I love Oregon, but I find this time of year a little frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, there are things I love about fall, like apples, pumpkins and boots. Oh, the boots. But the inconsistency in the temperature drives me a little nuts. One minute I’m freezing, the next I’m roasting. When you live here, you learn to dress in layers. But nighttime is a little harder to solve. This project was made to help a friend in the hospital who wanted something soft by his face, but I think I’ve found an easy solution to my freezer/oven problem.
This is a basic pillowcase, but the secret is using woven cotton fabric on one side and super-soft Minky, or other soft fleece, on the other. If you’re too warm, flip it to the cotton side for instant cooling. If you’re trying to warm up, the fleece is the side you want.
To make this, you’ll need 14” of woven cotton fabric, 14” of fleece, 12” of woven cotton for the cuff and 3” of woven cotton for the accent. The fleece will probably be wider than the cotton (54” vs 42”), so you’ll need to cut it to the same size so each piece is 14 by 42”.
Sew two of the 42” sides together with wrong sides together and a slightly less than 1/4” seam. Turn the pieces so the right sides are together and press the seam on the cotton fabric side. Stitch again with a slightly larger than 1/4” seam.
What you should have at that point is a piece that measures 27” long and 42” wide with a French seam running down the middle. Set that piece aside for a moment.
Fold your 3” accent piece in half with wrong sides together and press.
Take your cuff piece and lay it face up on your workspace. Mine is a little deceiving here because I happened to find a piece that was printed with two different colors. You could certainly piece two prints together if you’d like a different color on each side of your pillow, but what’s shown here is just one piece.
Lay the accent piece on top, lining up the raw edges. As you can see on the right, they may not match up on the end. That’s okay – we’ll deal with it shortly.
Lay the cotton/fleece piece on top of that with the right side down and raw edge matching the others. If you did piece the cuff, make sure to match up the seams of both pieces.
Starting from the bottom edge, carefully roll up the cotton/fleece until it’s past the center of the cuff but not all the way to the top edge.
Fold the bottom edge of the cuff up and over the roll and match the raw edge to the raw edges at the top. Pin in place.
Stitch 1/4” from the raw edge all the way across. Pull the roll from the inside out one end to turn everything right side out.
I’d recommend checking your seam to make sure you caught all the layers in it before turning. The fleece is a little slippery and you don’t want to end up with this hot mess.
Cut off the accent, cuff and body to match the shortest of the three.
Line up the edges with wrong sides together and stitch a scant 1/4” seam down the side and across the bottom. I always go way under 1/4”, just make sure you’re catching both layers.
Turn the pillowcase wrong side out. Press the seam on the cotton side. Stitch a bit over 1/4” from each edge.
Turn the pillowcase right side out and press the seams one last time on the cotton side.
I’m ready now, Autumn. Bring it on.