Last year when I finished my Christmas quilt, I had lots of holiday print fabric left over. A quilter can make many different craft projects with leftover fabric scraps. However, I was looking for something unique to create from my holiday scrap stash that I could display every day in my home during the holiday season. I decided to make holiday pillowcases for my living room throw pillows, but wanted something more decorative than the standard slipcover. I thought about a scrappy quilt block or applique pattern, but decided on a pleated design.
Materials needed to make a pleated pillowcase to cover a 12-inch square pillow
-Variety of 15-18 holiday fabric strips measuring two and one-half inches wide by 12 and one-half inches long (may need more depending on how close you want the pleats)
-Three pieces of holiday fabric – one piece measuring 12 and one-half inches square, one piece measuring 12 and one-half inches by seven inches, and one piece measuring 12 and one-half inches by eight inches. A suggestion here would be solid colors such as red and green
Making the pleated side of the pillowcase
Fold the fabric strips in half long ways and press with an iron to form the pleats. Place the ruler one and one-half inches from the bottom on the right side of the 12 and one-half inch square piece of fabric and draw a line all the way across. Move the ruler three-fourths of an inch upward and draw another line. Keep moving and drawing a line every three-fourths of an inch until you reach the top.
Align the raw edges of one of the folded strips on the first line, matching the sides, and sew one-quarter inch seam allowance all the way across. Place another strip the exact same way on the next line and sew it in place. Continue upward with the rest of the strips, creating a pleated look. When all strips have been sewn, trim all edges evenly.
Making the back side of the pillowcase
On one 12 and one-half inch side of each of the two remaining large fabric pieces, create a small hem. Do this by folding over the edge one-quarter inch on the wrong side of the fabric, then folding one-quarter inch again, and press with a hot iron. Stitch the hem closed.
Putting the sides together
Place the right side of the fabric with the pleats to the right sides of the other two fabrics. The hemmed sides should be down the middle. You will need to align the edges all the way around the pillowcase, so you may have to adjust the bottom two pieces. One hemmed edge of the back pieces should overlap the other. Stitch all the way around the outer edge. Turn the pillowcase right side out through the hemmed opening. You can now insert your pillow and it is ready for display.
Source: Personal experience