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  • Project: Hot Dog/Burrito/Sausage Pillowcase

    September 29, 2015

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    Are you hungry yet?!  
    There's no food involved in this project, but it's so quick and easy you'll be done and ready for lunch/dinner/grilling pretty fast!

    You may have heard of these pillowcases - we want to give you a tutorial to show you how easy they are.  They are perfect for gifts or your own home, for someone young (a great kids' project!) or new to sewing, or someone well experienced.  They're not only quick and easy, but the French seam finish gives them a beautiful look inside and out!

    We're noting some variations throughout to help you get a lot of sewing mileage out of a single project.  It may also help you use up some smaller lengths of fabric you may have leftover from other projects (we know you have some of that!).

    Supplies:  (Items with * can be purchased direct from  Moore's online blog store, just click the link below product photos throughout this post!)

    Fabric (available in Moore's stores):

    Contrast "band" or "cuff" - 1/4 yd. 45" wide fabric, woven Pillowcase body  - 3/4 yd. 45" wide fabric, woven                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Contrast flange (optional) - 1/8 yd. 45" wide fabric, woven

    Variation:  Solid color pillowcase with flange - 1-1/8 yd. 45" wide fabric, woven

    Cutting Mat*


    Rotary Cutter*

    Mary Ellen Best Press* or

    Terial Magic* or


    Regular sewing thread (available in Moore's stores)

    Sewing Machine (available in Moore's stores. Serger optional)


    1.            Cut the following:              

    Contrast "band" or "cuff":  1/4 yd. (if your fabric was cut longer just trim to 1/4 yd. If it was a bit short, that's ok, just trim so it's a rectangle the width of fabric!);       

    Pillowcase body:  3/4 yd. 45" fabric, woven (trim up to make sure cut edges are parallel;                                                                                                                                                

    Flange (optional):  1"- 2" strip depending on desired flange size.  If you would like to embellish with wide decorative stitches, use wider vs. narrower.  We recommend doing some testing of your stitches first to see how wide you'd like the stitches and flange;


    A rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler are invaluable in cutting nice straight pieces.  You'll find many uses for these tools!

    We used a large (24"x36") mat and large (6-1/2"x24-1/2") ruler with 45mm rotary cutter.

    Creative Grid 6.5 x 24.5

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    Olfa Mat 24 x 36

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    2.  We added decorative stitches to the flange.  Press in half lengthwise, and if you are going to do some decorative stitching, stabilize as well.  We used a strip of lightweight cutaway and spray adhesive.  We also like a good press with Best Press (many scents as well as odorless available), a light fusible cutaway like Quilters Select Cutaway, or a liquid fabric stiffener like Terial Magic. (Click on any of these products below to purchase them now!).

    QS Cutaway

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    Mary Ellen Best Press

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    Terial Magic

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    3.  Test your deco stitches on some scrap fabric you've stabilized to get just the stitch/setting you like. With flange open, right side up, stitch your decorative stitch down one side.  We used the left toe of the foot along fold of fabric as our guide for straight stitching. We opened the flange fabric to stitch so the underside of flange doesn't show the bottom side of stitching!

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     4.  Lay completed stitched flange, folded, stitched side up, on top of right side of pillow body fabric matching raw edges, full width of fabric. (NOTE: We know the length may vary based on different fabric widths - don't worry, we'll take care of this later!).

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    Now layer the cuff/band fabric on top of this, matching raw edges along long edge, but with cuff/band fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN.  (NOTE: We still know the lengths may vary, we'll get them evened up!).

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    Pin baste these layers together.

    5.  Fold up the cuff/band fabric, and begin rolling up the body fabric - all the way until it's around the flange area - we flipped the cuff/band over to show right side and see rolled up fabric as far as it should go.

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    Now wrap the cuff/band fabric over and around the roll - the "hot dog" - so the long raw edges of the cuff/band fabric meet up and are holding your "hot dog" inside.  The right sides of cuff/band fabric should be together. 

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    6.  Re-pin, pinning all layers, with pins parallel to the long edge, points to left. This will make them easier to grab and remove as you sew up to them. 

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    We used these quilting pins -

    Quilting Pins

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    7.  We used a 1/4" foot with right guide to sew the seam. You can also use a 1/4" foot without guide or a regular presser foot, but we use this foot for a lot more than simple 1/4" seaming (more in a post to come!). If you don't have a 1/4" foot stop on in to a Moore's store to see what's available for your machine!

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    8.  Press as stitched.

    9.  Pull your "hot dog" body fabric through the opening, either end.  Press the sewn seam both sides.  Isn't that a nice clean finished look?

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    10.  Now even up the side where the three fabrics were uneven due to differing fabric width - you'll have a nice straight edge like the other side!

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    11.  French seam method - Fold pillowcase in half crosswise - WRONG SIDES TOGETHER -  matching seam lines where your cuff/band joins your body fabric.  Pin in place. 

    We still use the 1/4" foot with right guide - but we have moved our needle three clicks to the right. TEST THIS ON YOUR MACHINE FIRST!  Before we did this we tested moving the needle, turning the hand wheel manually to walk through a few steps to make sure we had clearance. There actually is a little "wiggle room" to move the needle even in the single hole foot, but you MUST TEST FIRST on your own equipment!  We did this to get a seam a little less than 1/4".

    12.  Stitch down long side and along bottom to close pillowcase.  Press sewn seam.

    13.  Turn "inside out" - the wrong side of fabric is actually outside now (this is right - we're making a French seam!).  We like using this Point Turner & Presser to get nice sharp corners --

    Point Turner and Presser

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    Press  seam line.

    14.  Now move your needle back to center then one click left and use the right guide along the edge of your fabric to sew the long seam and bottom seam.  Press sewn seam. 

    15.  Turn right side out - press seams well - and your pillowcase is done!  Don't those finished seams look great inside?!

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    Here are some variations we promised - we'd love it if you'd tell us about your own variations and post pictures on our Facebook page to inspire others!

    VARIATION:   Instead of French seams, steps 11 - 13, fold pillowcase in half crosswise, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.  Use your sewing machine or serger to sew together.  A serger will still give a nice finished look inside - if you don't have one - you should! It's the best partner your sewing machine can have - it complements your sewing as a microwave complements your oven!  Take a look around, and come on in to let us show you what you can do!

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    Look at sergers - HERE!

    VARIATION:  Use same fabric for cuff/band and body for a simple, monotone look.

    VARIATION:  Embroider the cuff/band - personalize with initials, a name, or an endless embroidery design (super easy to do continuous embroidery with models that have "Innov Eye" technology from Brother or Baby Lock, Precise Positioning from Pfaff, or an easy Clothsetter from Janome!  Embroider first with cuff/band fabric open so you don't see the wrong side when finished!

    VARIATION:  Create a delicate look - use a wing needle and heirloom stitch to create a vintage look, stitching along the seamline between cuff/band and body. Weave a delicate 1/8" ribbon through. Embroider a very light or tone on tone design in the middle of pillow body. Do some wingstitching on the cuff/band. 

    VARIATION:  Use lace trim, ruffled eyelet, rick rack, or other trimmings instead of flange.

    VARIATION:  Halloween will be here before you know it! Use holiday themed fabric for a super size trick or treat bag. When the trick or treaters get home they can empty out their treats, slip in their pillow, and be ready for sweet dreams!



  • Tip! A Fix For Serger or Decorative Stitches When You Run Out of or Break Thread!

    September 29, 2015

    Don't you hate it when you run out of thread or have a break in the middle of serging, or stitching with a decorative stitch?  It's not like you can easily get back to the right part of the stitch as easily as pushing some buttons to go back in embroidery mode!  (If you've been hesitant about getting into embroidery, things like this are REALLY easy to take care of so wait no longer!)

    Here's a fix that will help you continue what you were doing without your work looking too interrupted.  The picture shows the Wave stitch found on Baby Lock sergers  -- click HERE to check out models with this cool stitch!   The seam ripper point is showing where we ran out of thread.  When this happened we carefully removed the project from the machine, lifting presser foot and pulling gently to the back.  Rethreading the looper was easy with Baby Lock's air threading, (you won't worry about tying on or threading in order anymore with one of these!).

    Clover Seam Ripper 2

    Next we took some scrap fabric and started stitching until we got through the Wave pattern a couple threads ahead of where we ran out.   We removed that fabric, leaving a few inches or so of thread tails, then re-inserted our project a couple threads back from break, making sure needle stitching line was in alignment with previous stitching.  We began stitching slowly to make sure we were all lined up - voila!  We continued the stitch with our "glitch" virtually unnoticed!  We used a hand needle with large eye (for the decorative thread  - we used Mettler cotton quilting thread, available in Moore's stores) to  weave the tails through the stitching unnoticed, then put a dab of Fray Block where the ends likely were - it's a fray stopper that dries clear and soft - literally invisible!

    Fray Block

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    You can do something similar with your sewing machine if you have a thread break or run out during decorative stitching.  After rethreading, just stitch out your decorative stitch until you get to a place just before the break in the stitch pattern, your preferred number of stitches may vary depending on the pattern.  Replace the item you were sewing on under the presser foot,  lower it, and turn needle manually using the hand wheel to be sure your starting point is in just the right spot to continue your pattern.  Leave thread tails from removing and restarting the stitching - you can use a hand needle to bring these to the back and secure or hide the tails.

    The Clover Seam Ripper we've shown in the photo is one of our favorite tools -


    Clover Seam Ripper

    You can buy it here - Clover Seam Ripper -  but please keep reading our blog for an important tip on using your seam ripper!

  • Look what's featured in Threads magazine!

    September 21, 2015

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    The November issue of Threads magazine has featured the Pfaff creative 1.5 sewing and embroidery machine in its "Notions: Tools For Smarter Sewing" section!

    Threads advises "For an affordable sewing machine with embroidery capabilities, consider the Pfaff creative 1.5, designed as a sewer's first embroidery machine."  But this well priced, well sized new machine from Pfaff isn't just for beginners!  It's compact enough to take to classes, sewing or quilting retreats, and still take along embroidery. Size matters, and while easily portable, it still provides for good size embroidery - 240mm x 150mm.  It includes Pfaff's Integrated Dual Feed (IDF) system along with many important features and functions you already enjoy on high end machines. And it's SEW PRETTY!

    Click the photo above to see more on our website... or better yet, come into any of Moore's store locations and let us show it to you in person!

    Thanks Threads!

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  • Tip! Pin-Free Sewing!

    September 8, 2015

    Use water wisely....  we hear that often these days.  We have some wise water uses that will make your sewing easier and more precise!

    Pins are unquestionably a necessary sewing notion.  But there are alternatives that may save you time, be more precise by avoiding "pin bumps", eliminate the possibility of sewing over a pin and breaking needles, damaging your project (or your machine -- do you have Moore's CPP protection for your machine? It covers this damage!), and of course prevents escapee pins that sometimes get stepped on!

    Wash Away Wonder Tape is great for hems, bindings, applique placement, pocket placement and Moore!  It's double sided, lightweight easy to sew through without gumming up your needle.  It's sew easy to just tape things together to prepare for permanent stitching!


    Wash Away Wonder Tape

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    YLI Wash A Way Thread is the perfect thread when you don't want to pin or have to rip out basting stitches. Use it for basting binding, zippers, hems, gathers, pleats, set-in sleeves, positioning pockets and fitting. Machine trapunto, matching fabric pattern stay stitching, joining batting pieces together - and Moore!


    Wash Away Water Soluble Thread

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