My favorite quilt store, Honey Bee, is participating in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The first batch of gorgeous handmade pillowcases that Honey Bee has collected is going to the Texas Baptist Children’s Home, located in Round Rock, Texas.
I knew as soon as I heard about it that I wanted to participate.
Early on in the pillowcase drive, Honey Bee had a demo for the “Hot Dog” pillowcase method, which rumor has it is super-duper easy.
Only, I missed the demo. Oops. You see, it was on a Friday at lunch time. Every Friday, I have a date lunch with my awesome hubby, so obviously going to a free pillowcase how-to demo was not going to win out over date lunch!
Well, I’ve made pillowcases before, so I wasn’t too fussed about it. Then, a couple of weeks later, my sewing friends and I had a sewing day at our friend Linda’s house. Osie, who happens to be one of the Goddesses of Honey Bee, was working on pillowcases for the drive and took a few minutes to show us how the mystical “Hot Dog” works.
Hot dog! Seriously, hot dog! This is the easiest, fastest and cleanest-looking pillowcase method I’ve seen. Including the pillowcase used in this tutorial, I’ve now made 11 of these bad boys. So easy, so fun…and excellent for stash busting!
This was not my invention and there are a couple of tutorials floating around out there, but this is too good not to post again. This is my take on the instructions. I hope you enjoy, make lots of pillowcases and donate them to charity! (Oh, okay, you can keep one or two for yourself!)
Pillowcases donated through Honey Bee! The last I heard there were over 200!
Read more on the Honey Bee Blog.
free how-to sheets for the Hot Dog method!
Three lengths of fabric in three coordinating colors. Makes one standard size pillowcase.
- BUN (cuff) – 12″ x WOF (width of fabric ~ 44″)
- MUSTARD (flange) – 2″ – 3″ x WOF (you can also use leftover quilt binding for this)
- HOT DOG (body) 24″ – 26″ x WOF
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!
Trim corners (raw edges only, please!).
Look at that, you made French Seams…no raw edges!
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!
Need a hardcopy? Printable PDF Tutorial!
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