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    Red face Pillowcase Strips

    Hi, I am new to this forum...I have a sewing question about stitching the 2" strip down when making the "burrito style" pillowcases...I have made quite a number of this style pillowcase for donations, gifts and myself...I really like to stitch along the bottom of the strip when they are finished...in my opinion, they launder better and I like that strip to lay flat...I'm interested in knowing if anyone else does this or as has done...what are your opinions?

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    Whatever works for you. I think that it would look neater and not flop around if you did that extra row of stitching.

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    I stitch that strip down also as I think it looks neater! )
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    I'm about to do that to one since it keeps turning up in the dryer!

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    I sew those strips down also, no need to iron.
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    Thank you all for replying to my post...

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    welcome Carol. I do like you also, much neater finished project and WAY nicer when washed.

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    I sometimes will use one of the fancy stitches on my machine to stitch it down. Gives it a little pizazz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DACO48 View Post
    I sometimes will use one of the fancy stitches on my machine to stitch it down. Gives it a little pizazz.
    I didn't think of that...thank you for the tip...love it!

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    welcome to our wonderful group. if it works for you do it. I like to tack it down, I know what you mean, no ironing when it's done.
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    I just made 6 pillow cases yesterday, and top stitched along the seam where they are ironed - towards the cuff. Now I am thinking maybe I should sew another line directly on the strip before I wash them...hmmmmmmm It might make them lay flat permanently.....
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    What is the "burrito style" pillowcase? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z View Post
    What is the "burrito style" pillowcase? Thank you.
    Here is a tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAomYjHzUQk

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    I've narrowed that strip to just a little flange type ........looked at one of my store bought when I first did one and have been doing it that way since...

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    I cut my accent strip 3" I pin it in place (along the body of the pillowcase) unfolded and stitch an 1/8 inside the pressed fold. You can see the white stitches where the arrow points to. Then I continue the rest of the "burrito" procedure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    I've narrowed that strip to just a little flange type ........looked at one of my store bought when I first did one and have been doing it that way since...
    Me, too. I think it looks less "homemade" with the narrower accent strip. I cut mine about 7/8 inch wide - so less than 1/4 inch shows when the pillowcase is finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DACO48 View Post
    I sometimes will use one of the fancy stitches on my machine to stitch it down. Gives it a little pizazz.
    This is what I do too, also noticed they launder much better, the ones before I did this all curl and twist up, and I'm not about to start ironing pillowcases, not looking for something to do! LOL!
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    Glad I saw this thread...I make these all the time, and will give it a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carollin12 View Post
    ........I really like to stitch along the bottom of the strip when they are finished...in my opinion, they launder better and I like that strip to lay flat...I'm interested in knowing if anyone else does this or as has done...what are your opinions?
    I also sew this strip to the main part of the pillow case before I sew up the sides and bottom. It only takes 1 more minute and gives a nice taylored took to the pillow case after washing. I do not like the look of a "rumpled" strip after it is washed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlfriend View Post
    I just made 6 pillow cases yesterday, and top stitched along the seam where they are ironed - towards the cuff. Now I am thinking maybe I should sew another line directly on the strip before I wash them...hmmmmmmm It might make them lay flat permanently.....
    The first couple of pillow cases I made I ironed the trim piece toward the cuff and top stitched it. It still seemed to try to lay the other way so I stopped trying to force it to go the other way. Now I just topstitch the folded edge to the main part of the pillow case and it always looks very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I cut my accent strip 3" I pin it in place (along the body of the pillowcase) unfolded and stitch an 1/8 inside the pressed fold. You can see the white stitches where the arrow points to. Then I continue the rest of the "burrito" procedure.
    oooohhhhhhh----great idea!! Will try that next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I cut my accent strip 3" I pin it in place (along the body of the pillowcase) unfolded and stitch an 1/8 inside the pressed fold. You can see the white stitches where the arrow points to. Then I continue the rest of the "burrito" procedure.
    I, too, love this idea. I also like the decorative stitch idea but this is faster! I will be trying both for sure. Thanks for the idea.

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    Waving from West Virginia,, What ever works for you I myself haven't thought of doing it that way but I am now

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    Thank you donnajean for the tutorial lead.

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    Welcome to the QB & I too agree with you sewing that small strip down. Much neater & washes better.
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