We did it.
We took everything out of Bennett’s room and child proof locked his closet shut, too.
I felt bad for the kid! We decided that converting his crib to a toddler bed was just as safe as a mattress on the floor. (Him saying “big <pause> boy <pause> bed” KILLS me!)
And then I decided he needed a pillow case. Even prisoners get pillows, right?
I copied a Pottery Barn pillow case from our bedding, because I wanted the little flap thing to keep the pillow in.
Here’s how I did it!
Cut 2 rectangles of fabric 20.5” wide X 40” tall, then cut a 5” strip off the top of one of them.
Measure up 30.5” from the bottom of each and press a crease all the way across.
They should be the same size now.
See how the one on the left has a longer “flap” folded over and creased? Take that piece and on the edge of the flap fold under 1/4” and press and then another 1/4” and press. Stitch in place.
On the piece on the right (with the short flap), fold under 1/2” and press but DO NOT stitch it in place.
Put the piece with the long flap right side up, flap unfolded. Place the piece with the short flap face down on top of it, flap folded. Line up the first crease you pressed and pin below the crease.
(Here’s where I wish I’d used a fabric with obvious right and wrong sides. Maybe I’ll make another one and switch out the pics…maybe not!)
This next part won’t make a bit of sense right now, but just stay with me.
Fold the long flap over the top along the crease line (though you’re folding the opposite direction of the crease).
Pin that down.
(I flipped the pillowcase before I took this picture…the flap is now on the right).
Sew, using half inch seams, around the 3 sides of the pillowcase. Do not sew the folded/flap end.
Serge or zig zag the raw edges on those 3 sides you just sewed.
Now reach up under that flap and turn it (just the flap) back over to the side of the pillowcase it’s connected to.
The body of your pillowcase is still wrong side out.
Sew down the short flap, right along the edge.
When you get to the side with the long flap, keep sewing in a straight line, an equal distance from the edge. If you’re super fancy like me, you’ll use some blue painter’s tape to mark where the edge of your pillowcase should hit on your machine.
Turn it right side out and put your pillow in. Tuck it under the flap like so: