Ginkgo Leaf Pillowcases

Ginkgo Leaf Pillowcases

Sewing Project

I would like to wish my mother-in-law a very happy birthday! A few months ago she asked if I could make her a set of pillow cases to match the “Fall is Coming” quilt I had made and gifted to my in-laws a few years ago. I just love how the quilt looks on their bed:

Fall is Coming - Quilt in Use
Fall is Coming – Quilt in Use

I had wanted to make a special quilt for my in-laws for a while. My father in law is a wonderful artist (check out his art on his Frank Fuchs Art website!), and I was a bit nervous about picking out the fabrics for them. They talked it over and decided on a green/orange color theme inspired by fall color, so my mother-in-law and I went fabric shopping together. She fell in love with a set of ginkgo leaf fabrics and those two fabrics inspired the fabric pull for the rest of the quilt top.

Ginkgo Leaf Fabrics
Ginkgo Leaf Fabrics

I dug around in my stash, and lo and behold I had a little under a yard of each of the green and orange ginkgo leaf fabrics remaining. I remember that I had to purchase more of the prints in order to make the binding for the quilt. I was super lucky to have so much remaining!

Well, knowing that she had a birthday coming up, I knew I wanted to make these in time to gift them to her for her birthday. So late last week, I pulled out the fabric and found a pillowcase tutorial from Film In The Fridge. Because I did not have a full yard of fabric, I had to adjust the directions a bit. I still used a 9″ by WOF strip for the cuff and a 1.5″ by WOF strip for the trim. I had the least of the orange ginkgo leaf print, which then set a 22.5″ by WOF strip for the main body of the pillow. I follow the directions to sew together the pillowcase, but before I closed out the tube, I trimmed down from the full WOF. With the pillowcase folded wrong sides together, I cut down to 20.25″ and the pillowcases finished out at 19.5″ wide by 25.5″ long.

The pillowcases were very quick and easy to construct using the tutorial, and I love how crisp and professional they look with the splash of contrasting trip at the cuff.


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