Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tips, Tricks and Tuts Tuesday - Hot Dog Pillowcases

Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog... I've been humming this little jingle all day so I'd thought I'd share the wealth and get you to humming it too. 

After all, you can't make a hot dog pillowcase without humming it at least once or twice... or all day long....

Have you ever made a hot dog pillowcase?  They are so easy and the kids (and adults too) love to get them.  The best thing about the Hot Dog Pillowcase is that there are no raw edges in the whole thing and you don't have to do any seam finishes either, just plain, straight stitch sewing.  I'll show you how today on Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Hot Dog Pillowcases

Here's what you'll need:
3/4 yard of fabric for the body (hotdog)
1/4 yard of coordinating fabric for the top band (the bun)
2 1/2"  x WOF strip of contrasting fabric for accent (the mustard or ketchup)

Square the 3/4 yard of fabric and the 1/4 yard of fabric so that you have a piece of fabric approximately 27" x WOF and a piece of fabric approximately 9" x WOF.

Press the 2 1/2" strip of fabric in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.  Now lay the pressed strip on the top edge of the body of the pillowcase across the width of fabric, right sides together.  Don't worry that the selvage edges are not the same width.  We will deal with that later.

Lay the  9" strip on top of the sandwich you just made above.  As you can see in the photo below, I have also pressed the coordinating 9" band in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.  You can do this also or you can skip it.  It's a personal preference. 

At this point you can either pin the layers together or you can baste them together with your sewing machine.  I prefer to baste with the sewing machine 1/4" from the edge.

Now here's where the "hotdog" comes in.  Roll the body of the pillow up from the opposite end or bottom until you get to the top band.  

Now wrap the "bun" (9" strip) around the hotdog, so that the right sides are together on the 9" strip.

Sew across the width of the strip through all layers, 1/4" from the edge.  Again, don't worry that all the edges across the WOF are not the same or even.  Now turn the tube inside out by grabbing the "hotdog" and begin pulling it through the "bun" tube.

Once it is pulled completely through, take it to the ironing board and press the unit, pressing the 2 1/2" strip toward the body and the 9" band away from the body.   Press both sides. 

You're ready to square things up.  I fold my pillowcase in half and cut off the side edges even.

Hang with me, you're almost there.  We're going to sew the pillowcase together using a "french seam).  Lay the pillowcase out WRONG sides together.  Sew a scant, and I do mean really scant 1/4" seam down the side and across the bottom.  I move my needle position over as far to the right as I can for this.

Turn the pillowcase out so that right sides are together now.  I use a small pair of scissors or a point turner to push out the corners.  Be careful if using small scissors.  You can easily push the point of the scissors through the corner, making a hole.  Ask me how I know that!  

Press the sewn edge.  I roll the fabric to the edge with my figertips to get a crisp press.  

Now repeat the process again, this time sewing down the side and across the bottom using a generous 1/4" seam with RIGHT side together.  Turn, push the points out in the corners, and press again.

TA DA!!  You did it!  Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog!  A Hot Dog Pillowcase.  

These Hot Dog Pillowcases have a couple of other names too.  Some call it a burrito pillowcase, a roll up pillowcase, sausage roll pillowcase.  Whatever you call it, the technique is the same.  You can also google hot dog pillowcase and see a video tutorial on how to make them if you'd rather.  These pillowcases I've made are being donated to the DeKalb County Quilter's Guild.  They will be selling them at their booth at the Art Fair this weekend.  All proceeds will go to purchase fabric for charity quilts (I think that's what I understood.  Remember I'm the newbie at guild.)


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