How to Embroider a Pillowcase Valentinecomments (6) February 7th, 2014
Embroidering the hem of a pillowcase with a romantic notion quickly transforms a plain pillowcase into the ultimate Valentine. In my quest to come up with Valentine crafts, I asked my friends and family for ideas (I love doing that because I'm always amazed at the stuff they come up with!). One of my friends suggested embroidering the hems of pillowcases with popular sayings like: "Let me call you Sweetheart" and "I Love You." It was definitely a "why didn't I think of that?" moment. I decided that I needed to do a mini how-to on how to embroider a hem of a premade pillowcase. The best pillowcases to use for this project are the ones that have a plain hem that's simply folded under and sewn down. I have a pair of pink pillowcases that have been tucked in the back of my linen closet that are perfect...so I didn't even need to run out and buy new ones!
If you are going to give these pillowcases as a Valentine's Day gift, it's worth the time to take the hem apart before you embroider your love note. That way, you can fold the hem back under and sew it in place to conceal the bobbin thread. (When I'm machine-embroidering ready-made items, I always think about how the inside, or wrong side, will look when I'm done. If the back of the embroidery doesn't have to show, that's a real bonus!)
So, I started by using my trusty seam ripper to take the hem apart. Only take out the "front" side of the pillowcase, unless you are going to embroider a saying all the way around the hem.
Find the center point of the hem, and mark it with a line perpendicular to the folded edge of the hem.
Hoop cutaway stabilizer and use 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray to stick the hem into the hoop. Since my saying was longer than the width of the hoop, I positioned the lettering vertically. To get the hem into the hoop straight, I matched the fold in the hem with the side edge of the hoop-that made it really easy to see if I was straight.
If you have a baste-in-the-hoop feature, use it to double-check how square you are.
After you've embroidered your design, cut closely around the edge to remove the pillowcase from the hem. Make as small of a hole as you can. Then you can embroider the second pillowcase along the opposite side of the hoop.
Trim the stabilizer between the individual letters as well. This will allow the fabric to relax and lie flat when you press it.
Turn the pillowcase inside out and press the hem back into place. Pin the hem to hold it in position.
Sew the hem by stitching close to the folded edge of the hem from the inside of the pillowcase.
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