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Trimming Pillowcases


  • pillowcase
  • pencil
  • cotton tape
  • needle
  • matching thread
  • colorfast ribbon
  • straight pins
  • sewing machine


  1. Step 1

    1. To make the ties, turn a pillowcase inside out, and fold it in half lengthwise. Make a dot 2 1/2 inches from the side and 7 inches from the fold. Repeat on other side.

  2. Step 2

    2. Cut thin cotton tape into eight 10-inch pieces. Fold an end of tape under, and hand-stich onto pillowcase at each marked spot. Knot the loose ends, and allow tape extending from knot to fray; tie into bows.

  3. Step 3

    3. To make a ribbon border, launder a length of colorfast ribbon. Open pillowcase seam about 3 or 4 inches. Place end of ribbons along open seam, and pin around pillowcase 1/2 to 3 inches from edge. Sew along ribbon edges, and finish by sewing the pillowcase seam closed.

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