To make the pillow cases, I’m using a method similar to this one from Mama Spark, only I do way less pinning (I used four pins per pillowcase to make the “sausage rolls”). It involves French Seams, which sounds waaaay fancier and harder than it actually is, but is a good way to avoid exposed seam allowances and creates a sturdy finished project.
At the AMQG retreat last August, we had a mini workshop on making pillowcases this way, and Kathy, our instructor, taught us “The Rule of 3″. You need three pieces for each pillowcase, cut WOF (width of fabric, for the uninitiated). A 3″ strip (the accent piece), a 9″ strip (not sure if this is called the flange or casing, or what, but it’s the skinnier part at the open then of the pillowcase), and a 27″ piece (the main body). These are standard size pillows, not king size. If you are into math, you’ll note that 3 x 3″ = 9″, and 3 x 9″ = 27”. Yay, math! Also note, that you can do the accent strip at 2″ but it’s not as fun mathematically.
You’ll notice in this process that not all WOF’s are equal. They vary between 40 – 45″, so there is some trimming once you get your sausage sewn and turned. Here is what 53 pillowcases look like after being sausaged, and ready to be sewn up.