How To Make a Silk Pillow Case

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Silk sheets are best matched with silk pillowcases.  They are also used for orthopedic pillows that support your neck when sleeping. Depending on your bedroom theme and the feel of fabric on your body, you can buy a variety of fabrics. Local fabric stores usually have fabric styles like custom linen, embroidered, and silk fabrics to choose from. You can buy a pillowcase pattern to make your pillowcase or custom make your own embroidered or monogrammed pillowcase to suit your needs.

It is quite difficult to use silk as a fabric to sew pillowcases; therefore, it is suggested that you use French seams for smoother and stronger seams, and faux cuffs to make your pillowcases look like they were sewn by a professional sewer.

Materials needed to make 2 pillowcases:

  • 2 yards of 44-inch-wide satin, silk, or charmeuse fabric
  • 1 spool thread, same kind and color as your fabric
  • 1 Microtex or universal sewing machine needle, depending on the fabric weight
  • Sewing machine
  • Seam gauge
  • Rotary cutter and mat or dressmakers' shears or sharp scissors
  • Iron
  • Fusible web tape (optional)

Follow these steps to make your silk pillow cases:

  1. Cut your fabric to produce two pieces measuring 22" x 72".
  2. Put a new needle in the sewing machine. Using the sharpest and finest needle makes it easier and faster to stitch your fabric.
  3. Properly thread your sewing machine and tighten the thread tension as needed.
  4. Practice stitching on silk scraps to ensure you can sew balanced stitches.
  5. Fold your cut fabric lengthwise, making sure that the wrong sides are together.
  6. Use a 1/4-inch presser foot, and sew 1/4-inch wide seams with straight, standard stitches on the long side of your fabric.
  7. Press, set and flatten the stitches.
  8. Trim the seam's width to just 1/8 inch.
  9. Press the seams to one side by pressing the fabric on a ham or sleeve board.
  10. Fold and press together the right sides of the seam line. Make sure that the stitches are on the fold and the next seam is encasing the seam allowance.
  11. Sew a 1/4-inch wide seam on the long edges, making sure that the raw edges of the previous seam are encased.
  12. Set the stitches by pressing the seam to one side.
  13. At 1/2-inch from the hem edge, turn back the raw edges remaining and press.
  14. Turn the pillow case right side out.
  15. From the edge pressed, fold the fabric 9 inches under the open end.
  16. At the opening, create a cuff and press a fold.
  17. At the inside fold, stitch the cuff and press set the stitches.
  18. Turn the pillow case wrong side out.
  19. Press toward the case opening and cuff, the created folded seam.
  20. Align the pressed folded edge over the stitching line by folding and pressing the cuff over the previous line of stitching.
  21. Use hand basting, fusible tape or pins to hold or baste the folded edges in place.
  22. Turn right side out the sewn pillowcase.
  23. Edge stitch along the cuffs, to hold the cuff edges in place.

Follow the same procedure for the second pillowcase. You have a finished silk pillowcase with French seams and faux cuffs, for your orthopedic pillow, that matches your silk sheets. The same process can be used on linen or embroidered fabric, or to make monogrammed pillowcases.


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