Hot Dog Pillowcases

We’re excited about sharing our versions of the Hot Dog Pillowcase today! It has been such a fun method of making pillowcases.

I recently revised the instructions, and Cheryl, our “Web Gal,” offered to test them. I was delighted when she emailed me the photos of her helpers, Ben and Caleb. First they read the instructions!

Here they are watching Grandma sew the first seam. There are only three seams!

Ben pulled the Hot Dog out of the bun first (he found the tongue technique helpful), then Caleb.

They were so proud of their new pillowcases!!

I helped Dominga, a dear friend who is not a sew-er, make one and she was delighted with hers, too!

We’re using this pattern and working with the ConKerr Cancer project for kids with cancer in our area. If you’re in our area, and would like to help, please bring in pillowcases made from bright, cheery fabrics (in individual zip-loc bags). These will be for toddlers through teens.

If you’d like to try out a new sewing machine and make a pillowcase for our project, contact Lori in the Sewing Department. 574-233-3112 They’ll be happy to help you!

These are the instructions I wrote, in both an adult version and a version we’re using with kids‘ classes. It is such a fun, easy way to make pillowcases, that everyone loves making them. (Click on the version you want, and you can download the instructions in a pdf.)

Please feel free to use our patterns for pillowcases for charities or for your personal use. By all means, if you have youngsters you can interest in sewing this way, let’s help spread the joy of sewing. I hope you have as much fun with these as we’re having! We’d love to see your photos. (Please do not post the instructions on other websites. Thanks.)

10 thoughts on “Hot Dog Pillowcases

  1. I was at one of my local quilt shops last night and they are having a pillowcase challenge, like the one you described. Anyway, I purchased some fabric and received the instructions for the Hot Dog Pillowcase. I read those instructions several times and still did not have a clear understanding. So I go to the internet and what shows up but my dear Erica’s quilt shop. I reviewed your instructions along with the pictures and now I understand (my instructions had left out a very important part). THANK YOU. I wish I lived closer….Thanks Erica.Peggy in Memphis

  2. Hi, Peggy. I'm so glad we could help! These are so fun and easy to make and it's wonderful to be able to help people in our communities. Thanks for commenting. (I wish you lived closer, too!)

  3. Sure…we can do that! You will need:1/3 yard for the border BUN5/8 yard for pillowcase HOT DOGCut one strip 9 1/2" X 31 for bun and one piece 19 1/2" x 31 for hot dog.1.) Pin one 31" edge of the border to one 31" edge of the pillow case fabric with right sides together with just a few pins. Turn it over so the longest (HOT DOG fabric) is on top. FOLLOW STEPS 2 THRU 7 FOR THE STANDARD SIZE PILLOW BY CLICKING ADULT VERSION LINK ABOVE. Happy Sewing

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