I've noticed my little 21 month old has been sleeping with his head on top of his stuffed animals lately (creating lovely marks on his face when he wakes up:) So I decided it's time this kid get a little pillow. I wanted to make a pocket-type pillowcase so the pillow will stay inside. Here's my tutorial on how I did it!:)
I had this pillow that had been on my couch but looks like someone had spilled some mac and cheese on it. It was a pillow that I had handstuffed and then handstitched closed, so I wasn't sure what to do with it. It's just the right amount of support for a small little head, so away I went.
I cut a piece of fabric for the center, using the pillow as my guide. I wanted some of the coordinating fabric to show on both sides, so I cut it smaller.
For the rest of the pillowcase, I used my pillow as a guide and overlapped the fabric, so there pillow will stay in its case. After that, I cut the long piece in half(like a hamburger).
Here are the three pieces of the pillow. Just sew a straight stitch to sew the pieces into a long strip.
Here's what it'll look like.
Then, on each end, I folded the edge over twice, ironed it flat, and then sewed it down. This way the edge will look nice and not fray. Make sure to do it on both sides.
Then I folded in one side of the strip, like so. I used my pillow as the guide to decide where to fold.
Then I folded in the other side and pinned it closed. Now I'm ready to sew it all together!
Here's what it'll look like sewn together. Just clip the corners, making sure not to cut your thread! Flip it right side out, stick in your pillow, and voila! You're done!
Here's the backside.
And here's the front. Too bad he's already down for his nap, I'm ready to see if he likes it!