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sewing: Hot Dog, A Pillowcase!
A friend taught me to make these and we've been making oodles for charity. They work up super fast and easy!

You’ll need three lengths of Fabric in three coordinating colors.

Makes one standard size pillowcase.

You can vary the bun/hot dog size up or down, just make sure that the total yardage between those two is 36″ – 38″. 9 – 12″ for the bun is ideal.

If you use two yards of coordinating fabric, plus 6″ of a third, you can make two coordinating pillowcases with opposite colors.

*WOF = Width of Fabric, in this case, approximately 44 - 45"

Posted by ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) from Austin, Texas, United States • Published See ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)'s 74 projects »
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  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 1
    Step 1

    Roll out your BUN, right side up.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 2
    Step 2

    Press the MUSTARD in half

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place MUSTARD with raw edges...

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 4
    Step 4

    matching along one side of the BUN.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place HOT DOG on top of MUSTARD, face down. Align raw seams. Add a few pins to hold in place.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 6
    Step 6

    Roll the HOT DOG...

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 7
    Step 7

    (hey, now it looks like a hot dog!) to within a few inches of the pinned edge.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold the BUN over the HOT DOG

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 9
    Step 9

    and pin along the raw edge...

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 10
    Step 10

    making sure to catch all layers of fabric.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 11
    Step 11

    Stitch along raw edge...

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 12
    Step 12

    using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 13
    Step 13

    Remove any pins and birth your HOT DOG!

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 14
    Step 14

    Roll BUN back, gently tugging the HOT DOG out of the center.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 15
    Step 15

    Continue tugging

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 16
    Step 16

    and rolling until the HOT DOG is all the way out.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 17
    Step 17

    Your pillowcase should now look something like this.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 18
    Step 18

    Smooth out the fabric, then press the BUN and MUSTARD, tugging gently so it’ll lie flat.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 19
    Step 19

    I like to press on both sides.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 20
    Step 20

    Square up your pillowcase by removing the selvage.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 21
    Step 21

    With WRONG SIDES together (yes, I said wrong sides!), align the MUSTARD and corners of the pillowcase.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 22
    Step 22

    Pin in several places.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 23
    Step 23

    Stitch around raw edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance (yes, yes, really, right sides out, wrong sides together!).

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 24
    Step 24

    Turn the corner and sew across the bottom.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 25
    Step 25

    Trim corners.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 26
    Step 26

    (raw edges only, please!)

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 27
    Step 27

    Turn the pillowcase wrong-side out.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 28
    Step 28

    Look how nice the BUN looks next to the HOT DOG!

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 29
    Step 29

    Press the side and bottom seams flat.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 30
    Step 30

    Stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 31
    Step 31

    Look at that, you made French Seams…no raw edges!

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 32
    Step 32

    Turn right side out...

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 33
    Step 33

    and press.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 34
    Step 34

    See how nicely the MUSTARD lines up? Did you notice that your condiment made a lovely little flap, too?

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 35
    Step 35

    It looks good outside and in!

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 36
    Step 36

    And hey, action shot!
    Now, let me know if you’re as addicted to these as I am! This beauty is number 11 and I know I’ll make more. In addition to donating to the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, they also make great gift bags for quilts!

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FallenBeyond
FallenBeyond · Minnetonka, Minnesota, US · 14 projects

I made a pillow case like this for my sewing class (but the mustard was ruffled) but this variation of making it is so much simpler and I love the French seams!

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

You could definitely do it, but I you'd need to make the pillowcase more like a lined tote bag. Hmmm...

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

You could definitely do it, but I you'd need to make the pillowcase more like a lined tote bag. Hmmm...

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Todd H.
Todd H.

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the reply, I was hoping to find a way to hide the seams entirely similar to this pattern though I didn't really think it was possible, I was hoping... :)

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

Hey Todd,

If you want to make a reversible pillowcase from this pattern, and don't mind your French seams on the reversible side, you could use two pieces of fabric for the body and have them placed wrong sides together before you start sewing.

Hope that helps!

Jennifer

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Todd H.
Todd H.

EXCELLENT pattern!! Thank you... My daughter absolutely LOVES the new pillowcase.

I do have a question though. Do you have any suggestions for making the pattern reversible? Or do you have or know of another pattern for a reversible pillowcase?

Thanks again,
Todd

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

Yep, it's a great technique, though I haven't been able track down who originally came up with it. Believe me, I've tried, lol!

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Lillie Moore
Lillie Moore · Lemoore, Fresno, United States · 1 project

No way, my sewing teacher taught us how to make these last winter, they're really easy!

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

It's approximately 44". :) I'll add it to the directions for future reference, thanks for asking!

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Kathleen K.
Kathleen K.

This is quite a trick! I think I understand how you are cutting the fabric, but what is the width of the material you use?

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