how to Make your own Pillowcase with Directional Fabric

how to Make your own Pillowcase with Directional Fabric

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How To Sew A Pillowcase With Directional Fabric

One day I received a message on Facebook from a woman wanting to make a pillowcase with directional fabric. Not just one directional fabric but with ALL directional fabric: the main print, the cuff and the trim.  She was having a hard time finding directions and not ending up with things at 90 degree angles. Did I have any suggestions?

I’d done a tutorial with the main fabric being a directional print but not the cuff and accent fabrics being directional too… so I let it spin around for a bit. I might have dreamt about it. (OK yes – I did. You do that too, right?)


In the video I’m going to show you how to use sew a pillowcase with directional fabric for all three pieces of a pillowcase: the main print, cuff and optional accent fabric. I’ll also show you how to put the cuff on the right or left side – on purpose! I can’t tell you how many times I had one intention and ended up with a cuff on the other side but now I have the secret sauce to share with you.

I used my Happy at Home fabric from Riley Blake Designs for this tutorial. You can find more projects and ideas and see the full collection here.

You can of course use non-directional prints for any of these pieces but you will be armed with the knowledge to get it all down with directionality if you so choose.


First let’s talk about the direction the main print should go. I once bought a kit at a local shop and the fabric wasn’t big enough for the print to go horizontally across the pillow. I took it back thinking there had to be a mistake! They tried to tell me that there wasn’t, but I wasn’t buying it.

If sheets you buy in stores don’t have the images going towards the cuffs then they aren’t supposed to. I understand why thy kitted it that way – you need 3/4 yard vs 1 1/8 yards but to me, it’s not right. When you are looking at the pillows from the bottom of the bed, the print should be in the right direction (figure 1), not sideways (figure 2).

birds going in the right direction on a pillowcase

figure 1

birds going in the wrong direction on a pillowcase

figure 2

One thing to note about using all directional fabrics:

If you don’t have long strips of fabric for the cuff and accent pieces, you will need to buy 1 1/8 yards but only use 9″ or 2″ strips. You could mix and match using one print on the main fabric for one pillowcase and the cuff on 2 other pillowcases if you have a few to make. Consider your options and check your scrap pile!

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heart quilt block mug rug supplies


Main Fabric – A

  • 1 1/8 yards if using directional fabric
  • 3/4 yard if non-directional
  • Cut to 40″ x 27″

Cuff Fabric – B

  • 40″ x 9″

Accent Fabric – C (optional)

  • 40″ x 2″




00:00 introduction
01:13 What direction the fabric should go
02:16 Fabric requirements
04:30 Prep cuff and accent fabrics
05:30 Pin pillowcase fabrics together
05:50 How to make a cuff on the right or left
06:50 Add main fabric
07:57 Burrito fold pillowcase technique

09:09 Sew tube together
09:18 Pull main fabric out of the cuff
10:05 Add optional decorative stitching
10:47 Finishing with a serger
11:11 How to sew a French seam
12:59 How to use a magnetic seam guide
13:30 Turn right side out

If you like written directions you can find a PDF pattern with lots of photos in my Etsy Shop.

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Sewing a pillowcase with directional fabric takes a little more yardage and a more attention to detail when cutting and assembling the pillowcase but sometimes it just needs to be done! If that perfect themed fabric is directional you can now make that pillowcase with ease.  Happy sewing!

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🛌 Tara Reed

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How to Sew a Fortune Cookie for Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and more

How to Sew a Fortune Cookie for Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and more

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8 fabric fortune cookies in a variety of sizes

sew your stash – how to make fortune cookies from fabric scraps

🥠 Fortune Cookies – not just for Chinese Take-Out. In this blog post I’m going to teach you how to sew a fortune cookie and the many ways and occasions you can use them. Fabric fortune cookies not only make for a fun DIY project but also serve as personalized gifts, party favors, or even quirky decorations.

Grab your fabric scraps, sewing supplies, something round to use as as template and let’s get at it. First I’ll show you HOW to make them and then give you some ideas about when to use them and finish off with some themed fortunes  to get you started.


🧵 The fabrics used in this tutorial is my “Red February Flower Toss” – part of my Monthly Placemat Panel series, and 5″ precuts from the Holiday Cheer collection from My Mind’s Eye – both from Riley Blake Designs.

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00:00 Introduction
00:55 Supplies
01:12 Sizes of fabric needed
01:24 Ways to draw circles
01:50 How to stabilize the fabric
02:26 Misc sewing supplies
03:04 The easiest way
03:47 Felt and fabric method 2
04:21 Fabric scraps and interfacing
04:58 Fabric scraps and fusible fleece
05:16 Sewing tips

05:41 Making a fortune cookie for money
06:21 Trim circles
07:44 Turn fabric right side out
09:36 Topstitching tips
09:46 How to pull up your bobbin thread
10:22 Fold and stitch
14:20 Turn right side out
14:49 Add money or fortunes
16:10 Review of fabric fortune cookie sizes

🐲 Chinese New Year Celebrations

Fortune cookies and Chinese New Year festivities go hand in hand. Craft fabric fortune cookies in traditional red and gold colors and fill them with well-wishing messages or predictions for the coming year. Click her to see 12 fortune ideas for the Year of the Dragon.

💌 Valentine’s Day

Give something unique for Valentine’s Day – a special fabric fortune cookie filled with messages or love notes. Click here to see funny fortunes and 12 fortunes for teachers to use for students for Valentine’s Day.

🍽️ Thoughtful Table Settings

Use fabric fortune cookies as charming additions to tea parties or luncheons. Use them as place cards and / or include positive affirmations, quotes, or words of encouragement inside each cookie for a delightful and uplifting experience.

a table setting with a fabric fortune cookie as the name card

🦃 Thanksgiving Dinner

Gratitude Tokens – sew fabric fortune cookies with messages of gratitude and thanks. Place them at each dinner setting or use them as a unique way to express appreciation during Thanksgiving celebrations. You could also use them as place cards or an activity where each person writes a message of gratitude, places it in the fortune cookie and then each guest leaves with a random fabric cookie and message at the end of the night.

🎓 Graduation Party

Fortune cookies can be a fun way to celebrate and give advice to the graduate. Make a bowl of fabric fortune cookies with blank papers and pens for guests to write well wishes for the future. They then put it in a fortune cookie to be read later. Here are 12 fortunes for a Graduation Party to get you started. 

Other ways to use fortune cookies:

  • Romantic Tokens
  • Resolutions and Predictions
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Personalized party favors
  • Spread Positivity
  • Milestone Memories
  • Gratitude Tokens
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Gender Reveal Surprises
  • Baby Shower
  • Team Building or Training Sessions
  • and more

🐲 🥠 12 Chinese New Year Fortune Cookie Sayings

  1. Gung Hay Fat Choy!
  2. Happy Chinese New Year 2024!
  3. Good things are coming to you in 2024
  4. The Year of the Dragon brings prosperity and good fortune.
  5. The Year of the Dragon will be good to you.
  6. Success is in your future.
  7. Good news is coming your way.
  8. All you need is love & fortune cookies
  9. Kindness brings riches.
  10. May inner peace be your constant companion, grounding you in times of chaos.
  11. The currents of success flow in your favor.
  12. With resilience as your guide, you’ll overcome obstacles and emerge stronger and wiser.

🤣 🥠 12 Funny Fortune Cookie Sayings

  1. Wear your invisible giggle goggles—they’ll reveal the humor in everyday situations.
  2. Prepare for a day of uncontrollable laughter!
  3. A bubblegum bubble will reveal the answer to your deepest question today. Chew wisely and await the burst of knowledge!
  4. There is chocolate in your future.
  5. All you need is love & fortune cookies.
  6. The fortune you seek is in another cookie.
  7. Error 404: fortune not found.
  8. I see money in your future but I’m not sure it’s yours…
  9. These numbers mean nothing: 31, 62, 93, 106
  10. Your mother was right and will love nothing more than for you to admit it!
  11. If you buy a dolphin your life will have real porpoise
  12. Your pet is plotting something – you’ve been warned

💌  🥠 12 Fortune Cookie Sayings  for Teachers to use for Students for Valentine’s Day

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day from your favorite teacher
  2. Your artistic flair makes hearts skip a beat – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  3. Open hearts on Valentine’s Day & watch the classroom bloom with love.
  4. Your wisdom is like a treasure map – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  5. Your positive spirit is the compass that guides the entire class this Valentine’s Day
  6. Your smile is a bright beacon in the classroom this Valentine’s Day
  7. Your acts of kindness make the classroom great – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  8. Unleash your imagination, and let your artistic spirit soar to new heights this Valentine’s Day
  9. Let your dreams take flight this Valentine’s Day
  10. You help fill the classroom with joy this Valentine’s Day
  11. Thank you for being such an amazing student – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  12. Don’t tell the other teachers but I have the best students – Happy Valentine’s Day!

🎓 🥠 Graduation Party Fortune Cookie Sayings

  1. Your diploma holds the key to a world of endless possibilities.
  2. Graduation is just the beginning of your extraordinary journey!
  3. You are destined for greatness beyond the graduation walls.
  4. Your creativity is the mortar that holds the bricks of your success together.
  5. May your journey be adorned with accomplishments as you navigate the path ahead.
  6. Trust your intuition – you’re right on!You’re future’s so bright you’ve gotta wear shades
  7. Your hard work and determination is your ticket to success.
  8. You will have financial success in your future.
  9. Listen to your family these next few days to get the answers you seek.
  10. You have made someone very proud today. (Go give your mom a hug and a tissue!)
  11. The world is your oyster – take chances and see where you land.


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Leave a comment and let me know how and when you will use your fortune cookies – you know you want to get your scrap pile down and this is a quick and easy way to help! If you make any fabric fortune cookies and post on Instagram be sure to tag me (@artisttarareed) – I love to see what people create. Follow my YouTube channel for new sewing projects and tips every week.

🧵 🥠 Tara Reed

P.S. Is there a sewing tutorial you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!



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Party Planning Ideas that Will Leave Your Guests Amazed

Party Planning Ideas that Will Leave Your Guests Amazed

Who wants to plan a party?

Are you looking for party planning ideas because you long to make gatherings and parties feel special and look like they were effortless?

Do you love to get creative and DIY your decorations and details to truly personalize any event?

Do you love celebrating milestones and the people you love but stress about exactly how much food you need, or even what to serve?

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Then this book is for you!

This 111 page PDF book is full of party planning ideas, party plan worksheets, diagrams and more so you can create a blueprint for your next event.

This is the book you need to get organized for your next party or event. Learn to DIY your party so they think you hired a pro!

I’ve been planning parties since I was 8 when I wanted to discuss my birthday party much sooner than my mom did.

My birthday is January 31st, which seemed very, very far from Christmas when I was little. I can now understand my mom’s rule of “no talking about your birthday before the New Year” and her ultimate decision to just put me in charge since I was unable to follow this rule.

This isn’t a party theme book but a way for you to think through and plan the details of your event, no matter the size or theme.

You will create a blueprint for your ultimate event and go from brainstorming party planning ideas to detailed plans and shopping lists.

I love planning (or styling as I like to say) a party, sometimes even more than attending. The joy for me is in the creative process from idea to end result. At my husband’s 60th birthday party a few guests asked if I was a party planner and could they hire me – the ultimate compliment to that DIY bash!

I’m not a professional party planner but a creative person like you.

I love to make all the things! As an artist and craft designer I have an eye for color, design and scale and I’m here to help you DIY the Party. With a little imagination and some basic supplies, you can transform any space into a festive celebration that will leave your guests impressed and delighted.

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Let’s talk about all the pieces of a party from invitations, food and drink, sweets and treats, activities and budgets. I want you to learn how to DIY the PARTY so they think you hired a pro!

Simple Easter Napkin Folding for your Table – Easter Basket Napkins

Simple Easter Napkin Folding for your Table – Easter Basket Napkins

🐰 How to make a Basket with a Napkin for Easter in minutes!

It’s never too early to think about how to make your Easter table special.

This simple napkin-folding technique is perfect for Easter brunch or dinner, or any springtime gathering where you want to add a touch of whimsy and fun. With just a few minutes of practice, you’ll be able to create these adorable Easter basket folded napkins with ease.

In this video, you’ll learn how to create a beautiful Easter basket folded napkin that will add a festive touch to your holiday table. Using just a few simple folds, you’ll transform an ordinary napkin into a charming basket that can hold Easter eggs or other small treats.

Sewing Napkins

While you can use any square napkin for this fold – paper or fabric – fabric napkins are so simple to make.

These baskets were made with 16″ fabric napkins made with my Easter Lily Fabric. The fabric and placemats in the photos are from my April Fabric Panel and prints – part of the Monthly Placemat Program I created  for Riley Blake Designs.

I simply cut two 16″ squares, placed them right sides together, sewed, turned right side out, pressed and top stitched!  See this blog post for more detailed instructions.

Happy Sewing & Happy Easter!

🧵 🐰 Tara Reed



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