This may be a little weird, but sometimes my family travels with our own pillowcases. It’s not a germaphobe thing and it’s not a comment on the boring bedding provided by our hotel. Okay, it’s a little bit of that last one, but it’s also just a cheerful thing to add a little personality to our room. When we do, the people who clean our room usually make the beds with the pillows on top of the cover, instead of under it. They get us.
With Star Wars weekends happening at the Disney parks right now, and the world all a-buzz about the new movie coming out later this year, my project for Undercover Tourist this month undoubtedly had to be Star Wars related. Given my love of the traveling pillowcase and the ample availability of fabric featuring Chewbacca, Han, Luke, Yoda and the rest of the crew, it was easy to make an out-of-this-world impact with this quick project.
All you need to make the Star Wars pillowcase (or any other Disney theme) is cotton fabric. Flannel will work as well. It should be about 42 to 44 inches wide. You'll need 27 inches (or 3/4 yard) for the body and 12 inches (1/3 yard) for the cuff.
Trim the edges straight and so both pieces are the same width (42 to 44"). Lay the cuff out flat with the right side up.
Lay body fabric on top, with the wrong side up, matching the top edges.
Roll the main fabric up from the bottom edge until it's more than halfway up the cuff.
Fold the cuff up from the bottom and over the roll, matching the edge with the edges at the top. Pin all the layers together.
Stitch 1/4" from the top edge.
Pull the roll out one end, turning the cuff right side out as you go.
Press the cuff.
Fold the pillowcase with wrong sides together. Pin in place. Stitch 1/4" from the edge down the side and across the bottom.
Turn the Star Wars pillowcase wrong side out. Press the seams. Stitch again with a 5/8" seam. This will sandwich your seam inside and prevent the fabric from unraveling inside your pillowcase.
When I was finished making this one, my husband gave me the puppy dog eyes and asked in his Sam Elliot, Trace Atkins-deep voice (I’m not kidding) “What are you gonna to do with that? It’s pretty cool.” Guess who’s been resting his sleepy head on it every night since? Maybe we’ll get a chance to take it with us to visit Star Wars Weekends one of these days!
I just have one question for the makers of this particular print though – Where is Princess Leia?!?!?