Monday, July 9, 2012

Pillowcase Mattress Tutorial


In order to distract myself from the fact the Hubs finally left back overseas, I dove headfirst into my projects! A few months ago, I found a tutorial on Pinterest to make a pillowcase mattress. I just *had* to make one for Little Miss. It was a good tutorial, though I still managed to flub it up a bit. But I loved the end result so much, I knew these would make for perfect gifts. 

So 2 days ago I started gathering my supplies and looked back online for the tutorial...and its gone!! I was frantic, then my husband looks at me (like I have lost my mind) and says, "Quit nuking it Shannon, just wrap the material around the pillows." That man is a genius, but don't tell him I told you that though. I came up with this tutorial and I had to share it with everyone, I am so proud of myself!  



Supplies:
3 yards of material
4 pillows
sewing supplies

First, make sure you wash the fabric. You don't this to shrink after you've sewn it all together.

Next, lay out your pillows on the fabric. I placed mine slightly off center.


 Then I folded over one side of the pillows, then the other.



I left about 3 inches of fabric above and below the pillows, then I cut off the excess fabric from the bottom.
 

I pinned over the long sides of the fabric so I could hem.



After sewing up both sides, I laid out the fabric BUT WITH THE WRONG SIDE OUT and put the pillows in. Then I folded over both sides again. 
 
Fabric is wrong side out, one side folded over

Fabric is wrong side out and folded over the pillows
I pinned the fabric on the top together, then did the same for the bottom.

Fabric is inside out and the short sides (top & bottom) are pinned

After sewing the top & bottom, then you turn the fabric right sides out.

Turning the fabric to right sides out
 I put the pillows on the fabric again to make sure it all still fit (it does HOORAY!)


Time to create the pockets for the pillows. Measure the length of your fabric. Mine was 72 inches long. Now divide that number by 4, which gave me 18. So every 18 inches I drew a line and pinned to make a place for the pillows. You end up with 3 rows of pins.

One row of pins

3 rows of pins (you may have to squint to see lol)
After you sew along the 3 rows to make the pockets for the pillows YOU ARE FINISHED!

Wasn't that easy? Now its time to enjoy your pillowcase mattress. Let Little Miss show you how:



I am so proud how the back of the mattress turned out, see its a straight line!!


Then I went a little crazy. I decided to add a bit of personalization to it.

Did I mention this is a birthday gift for one of Little Miss's friends? I bet you'll never guess what letter her name begins with...


In case you choose to add a monogram letter, I would suggest doing this BEFORE you create the pockets for the pillows.


All folded up and ready to give to the birthday girl!


This project wasn't expensive at all. For my fabric, I used no-pill fleece which was 50% off at Joanne's this week. The pillows I bought for $2.50 a piece at WalMart. Plus, this was very easy to make. As long as you can sew straight lines (or mostly straight) you are good to go!




43 comments:

  1. You are a lifesaver I have been desperately looking for the same tutorial! And bonus...I think yours is easier to understand. Thanks so much!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feedback! Happy Sewing :)

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  2. Thank you for this tutorial! Can't wait to try it for my son!

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  3. Thank you for sharing! I had the same experience and was so glad to find your page. :)

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  4. Your mattress tutorial is good and informative. Thanks for adding this post.

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  5. thank you!! i also read others and you make it so easy for me to follow!! Buying my fabric this weekend and i'm making 3 of these for my little monsters.

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  6. So no hemming because the fleece won't fray, right? and it's extra soft! Looks great!

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    1. I hemmed mine to clean up the edges, but you are right fleece won't fray so you don't need to hem!

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  7. thanks for this!!! I have one grand son and three more grand children on the way. These will make great gifts and also I can make one for each child to use when i baby sit or they visit etc.

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  8. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I pinned this long ago and finally decided to do one of my pins and it was gone. I'm so thankful for this. The step by step instructions with the pictures make it so clear to understand. This will be the best gift of the party, hands down!

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  9. How wide was the material that you used ? Because the one that I bought is 45 in wide and it doesnt fit around the pillows correctly .

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    1. The no pill fleece I use is 60 inches wide

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  10. Lahela, i had the same problem! I bought cars pattern one and for the cars to look right, the materials was to short to fit the pillow. Maybe it cant have pattterns that go one way, but a pattern that can go any which way? My email is sweetmommy4@yahoo.com....please let me know asap!!!

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  12. What kind of material did you use amd where did you get it? Its 60 inches wide right?

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    1. I used no pill fleece, I have bought it at both Joann's & Hancock Fabrics!

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  13. Did you completely sew in the pillows or is the back seams just folded over one another? Because what if you need to wash the pillow case? Can the pillows be removed?

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    1. The back seams are just folded over one another so you can easily remove the pillows if you need to wash the cover! Also, the pillows I have bought at WalMart are washer friendly so they can be cleaned too but I do suggest you take them out of the case to wash.

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