Sunday, March 8, 2020

Make designer pillowcases with double border prints

Want a quick, easy project with a designer touch? Make pillowcases using a fabric with a double border print.
Pillowcases made with a double border fabric print offers a designer touch with no extra work!

For these pillowcases, I used fabrics from Cori Dantini's "Hello... Big World" fabric collection for Blend Fabrics. The endearing llamas, lions, deer and other animals are surrounded by whimsical flowers and butterflies in a grassy field. The soft color palette is reminiscent of a cheery spring or summer day.

Double border print from Hello... Big World collection by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics.

So, what's a "double border print"?
A double border print has the focal design or image running along the selvedges of the fabric. A complementary solid, texture or some smaller design generally runs between the two border designs.
Delightful Days double border print from Hello... Big World.
Blue/aqua colorway.

There are two colorways for the double border prints in the Hello... Big World: aqua and pink.

Delightful Days double border print from Hello... Big World.
Pink colorway.

For pillowcases, the fabric is folded in the middle with the selvedge edges meeting. The border design appears on one long side of the pillowcase. When pillows are placed side by side on a bed, the border scene continues from one pillow to the next (see top photo above).

I like the magic burrito pillowcase construction technique that uses French seams to enclose all the raw edges. Here is a tutorial for this method from Twiddletails. Note that there is no fabric waste with a double border print, which can occur with some direction prints.

Choose a complementary fabric for the pillowcase cuff.

Visit your local quilt shop or independent sewing center and seek out those double border print fabrics! Choose a complimentary print for the pillowcase cuff and you're all set. Achieve a designer look with no extra fuss!

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