Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Shirting fabrics come in a variety of handsome hues and subtle patterns that go with solid-color bed linens. Here, a band of different fabrics is sewn to the top of a flat sheet, and similar bands create cuffs on the pillowcases. See the how-tos for the tuxedo pillow and the water-bottle cozy.

materials

  • Rotary cutter

  • Cutting mat

  • Assorted striped cotton shirting fabric

  • Top sheet and standard pillowcases

  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies

  • Iron

steps

  1. With a ruler, rotary cutter, and cutting mat, measure and cut an assortment of 8-inch-wide fabric rectangles; the lengths may vary. You will need enough rectangles to create a strip that's as wide as the sheet plus 1 inch. Pin rectangles together end to end, then sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press seams open with iron. Turn long edges under 1/2 inch, and press; repeat with short edges. Fold the strip in half lengthwise; press.

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  2. Fit the folded and pressed strip over the top edge of sheet; pin in place. Sew along all 3 sides 1/8 inch from the folded edge of strip, making sure the needle catches the bottom layer of fabric.

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  3. Sew an 8-inch-wide fabric strip (attaching smaller pieces if desired) whose length is equal to the circumference of the pillowcase opening, plus 1 inch. Stitch the short edges together, right sides facing, with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, creating a loop; press. Turn the long edges under 1/2 inch; iron. To make a cuff, turn loop right side out, fold in half, and press. Fit cuff over the edge of pillowcase. Pin around opening and edge-stitch to finish.

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