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    When cutting for pillow cases do you cut your selvages off?

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    I cut them off for every project, they can shrink differently than the rest of the fabric and cause puckering :D:D:D

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    yes! I cut them off.

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    Another one cutting them off every single time.

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    I always cut them off as well.

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    Me too!

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    My quilter friend that taught me a lot, always cuts off selvages ,so I do to.

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    I cut them off but not before I have the band and cuff sewn on and then I trim all parts to match bafore stitching the bottom and side( I use the French seam method for all seams in mine...

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    I always cut them off, and I LOVE making pillowcases. I have mostly solid sheets and there is nothing like a soft cotton, pretty print homemade pillowcase for me!

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    Ok thanks. I have cut the selvages and straightened the edges. Now I have another question. I have cut my body 27" by wof which is 42". But I am about to cut the 9" piece but the width is about 2" shorter in wof and that is after I also trimed the selvages. As it is the piece I have was cut kinda wonky but have enough except for the wof.
    So do I assemble center and go on to sew then trim the body down? Have you had this problem?

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    That is why I wait until the cuff and trim band is on and then trim all parts to match before sewing the bottom and side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterj
    Ok thanks. I have cut the selvages and straightened the edges. Now I have another question. I have cut my body 27" by wof which is 42". But I am about to cut the 9" piece but the width is about 2" shorter in wof and that is after I also trimed the selvages. As it is the piece I have was cut kinda wonky but have enough except for the wof.
    So do I assemble center and go on to sew then trim the body down? Have you had this problem?
    Would it look stupid if I were to add alittle onto the wof for the cuff to give it just the same length? To get some of this fabric I would probably have to wait until sat. and then have to drive about 40 miles just to get some more and even with the selvage on it I think it is still a little short but not like it is now.
    I don't have anything else to put with this pillow case to change it. What would you do?

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    I cut them off for everything.

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    Your case might be a bit narrower than normal but I have seen on decorator shows that they often use a full-size case on a queen size pillow to make it seem fuller and fluffier..so it should not be a problem.

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    You might look at http://www.overallquilter.com/video14/ (I think) for making a tube pillowcase with french seams. Very easy and fun to make. The instructions are very clear. I've made a bunch using these instructions. After you make the tube and turn it right side out, you trim up the side.

    Hope this helps.

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    When it says to make a band 2 or 2 1/2 what do most of you like?

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    That is when I do mine...

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    I have done the folded band and alos added an extra seam and left it full width below the pillowcase cuff..I like both ways..

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrylouw
    You might look at http://www.overallquilter.com/video14/ (I think) for making a tube pillowcase with french seams. Very easy and fun to make. The instructions are very clear. I've made a bunch using these instructions. After you make the tube and turn it right side out, you trim up the side.

    Hope this helps.
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4L
    I cut them off but not before I have the band and cuff sewn on and then I trim all parts to match bafore stitching the bottom and side( I use the French seam method for all seams in mine...
    So you just cut the length that you need first then sew them together and trim. I wasn't going to use the french seam. It would still be ok to do it this way right?

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    Many of the intructions sites I have seen (including Fons and Porter and BHG All People Quilt and McCall's Quick Quilts ) do NOT use the French seam tube method but suggest and overcast stitch or serging those edges as their method...

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    If the band is a little shorter than the body I just trim to fit! It is just a pillowcase but if making a pair make sure they are both the same size. I like to use my serger!

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    I agree 100%!!!

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    I agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterj
    Ok thanks. I have cut the selvages and straightened the edges. Now I have another question. I have cut my body 27" by wof which is 42". But I am about to cut the 9" piece but the width is about 2" shorter in wof and that is after I also trimed the selvages. As it is the piece I have was cut kinda wonky but have enough except for the wof.
    So do I assemble center and go on to sew then trim the body down? Have you had this problem?
    Just remember that if you trim the width too much it won't fit on the pillow. I always use the length of the fabric for the width of the pillowcase so I can get a nice loose pillowcase. I hate them tight on my pillows. Some peoples pillows are real fat, like mine are.

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