Last night, I slept great for the first part of the night, and then I was up at 3am unable to figure out what woke me. I have a habit of waking up and not being able to go back to sleep for a while. I usually blame my husband’s snoring for waking me. Then, I elbow him and tell him to put on one of his Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. He’s been using them for years, and they work great. If you don’t know about them, they’re a clinically proven way to instantly lift your nasal passage and open your nose to help you breathe better. They’re a great way to help relieve his nasal congestion fast, and they have multiple uses: colds, allergies, or mouth breathing. Plus, they’re drug free.
There’s just one problem. He was out of town last night. So…I think I’m the one waking myself up! Don’t tell him. Well, actually, he knows because he claimed I was waking him and myself up, but I didn’t believe it. LOL! I believe him now. I’m going to use a nasal strip and fix this situation. A better tomorrow starts with getting your night’s right!
You know what else I need? Pretty new pillowcases so I can sleep in style! Here’s how to make a custom pillowcase!
How to Make a Custom Pillowcase
I’m in love with this fabric. Buy yourself 100% cotton or quilting fabric.
For one standard size pillowcase you’ll need:
One 27″ x 42″ piece of fabric for the main body. (Buy 42″ wide fabric.)
One 10″ x 42″ piece of fabric for the cuff.
To begin, Cut your fabrics to the proper sizes.
Lay the cuff fabric right side up, lengthwise. Place the body fabric, right side up, lengthwise, over the cuff fabric. Line the raw edges of the fabric up, and pin them.
After the edges are lined up and pinned, roll the body fabric toward the pins.
Now, pull the cuff fabric to the pinned edges. Take one pin at a time out of the previous layers, and pin the new layers together.
Your pillowcase layers should look like this. The body is rolled up inside the cuff and the layers are pinned at the top. Now it’s ready for sewing!
Sew a 1/4″ straight stitch seam along the pinned edge. I make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.
This is the amazing part! You’re about to see your new pillowcase for the first time! Carefully pull the body fabric out of the sewn tube you’ve created. Marvel at your genius!
Now put the wrong sides of the fabric together. (The “wrong” sides are the ones where there is no print or lighter print on the fabric. It’s the ugly side. LOL!) You’re going to sew the side and the bottom. Make sure to match the cuff edges together, so you don’t sew it all wonky. Pin at the cuff and wherever needed to keep it in line.
We’re going to create a “French Seam” now. It’s not as scary as it sounds. You’re basically just hiding the stitches and creating a much stronger pillowcase. These stitching steps will help your pillowcase hold together in the wash.
Sew a “scant” 1/4″ seam along the side and bottom.
After you’ve sewn the side and bottom. Turn the pillowcase wrong side out and press the seams. This will help you find the edges of your “scant” 1/4″ when you’re sewing your next seam.
You’re almost finished!!
After pressing the seams, sew a 1/4″ seam along the side and bottom. Important! When you’re sewing this 1/4″ seam you want to make sure you’re not catching the previous seam. If you need to be more generous with your 1/4″, that’s ok! Just make sure the previous seam is getting tucked into and hidden by this one!
When you’re done, you’ve got a beautiful new pillowcase, custom made!! I LOVE MINE!
It’s hard to take a picture of a feather pillow in a pillowcase and have it look good, but it’s easy to be proud of this!
I’m all ready for a good night’s sleep! I picked up Breathe Right at Walmart. These are the ones we’ve bought for years. It’s about time I give my husband a break and try these for myself. I know that they’ve made a huge difference in the quality of sleep I get when he uses them. I just need to give myself (and him) the same opportunity!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. All opinions are mine alone. #TomorrowStartsTonight #CollectiveBias