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Hand Made: Scalloped Edge Pillowcases

I found some giant (1″) rickrack in the fabric store the other day and knew I just had to use it for something.  My mind immediately went toward showcasing the scalloped edge only, allowing it to take on a classic, sculptural element rather than a be too young or sweet.

I love that the black against white makes it feel like more of a luxe edging that pops.

It wasn’t too difficult, and you don’t need a sewing machine!  If you like where this is going, KEEP READING for the full instructions!


  • 1″ or 3/4″ rickrack (mine is from Joann Fabrics)
  • Stitch Witchery
  • A plain pillowcase
  • An iron

ONE cut into and around the very edge of the pillowcase’s folded hem. TWO turn either side of the edge inward and THREE iron into place .

FOUR sandwich the rickrack in between two pieces of stitch witchery.  FIVE nestle the rickrack and surrounding stitch witchery into the ironed edge of your pillowcase.

Work in sections.  Don’t try to align all of the rickrack and fusing together at the beginning.  Just arrange about 5 inch sections, iron to fuse, then move onto the next 5 inch section.

And you’re done!  Enjoy your new pillowcases, or move onto something else (I’m thinking of doing an entire duvet)!

Have a marvelous Thursday!


20 Comments on “Hand Made: Scalloped Edge Pillowcases”

  1. Victoria August 9, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    So lovely…you should definitely do the duvet too!

  2. Mandy Pellegrin August 9, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Love it! You make rick rack classy.

  3. Grace - Stripes & Sequins August 9, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    this is just so great!

  4. cassie {hi sugarplum} August 9, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    I love ric-rack almost as much as I do pom-poms…this looks so great! The black on white makes it classy and more grown-up. Great project!

  5. Katelyn Phipps August 9, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    I love those pillows

  6. kate August 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    love this and may have to try it (i’m not crafty inclined)

  7. Audrey - This Little Street August 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Ooooh pretty! Always a bit fan of little details like these :)

  8. Cherie Parker August 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Colleen shared your Blog. House of Earnest
    I love rickrack!
    I love your Blog! Great Job!
    Colleen’s right, you are quite Talented!

  9. Cindi August 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    I love it!!!!

  10. LottsandLots August 10, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    This looks great – it looks so modern rather than cutesy. Will add this to my DIY list.

    Lotts x

  11. Stephanie V August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I will have to try this – I like that it’s home made but not cutesy. Do you think that it will hold up pretty well in the washer/dryer?

    • Erin | House of Earnest August 13, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Stephanie,

      I have a few items that use stitch witchery that have held up well in the wash, you’ve just really got to use a lot of heat and make sure it melts thoroughly. Also, if you do sew at all, running a stitch down it would be most secure.

  12. Christina August 16, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    You amaze me with your crafty ideas.

  13. victoria | vmac+cheese August 21, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    I need you to give me Stitch Witch lessons! I have a few things I want to try it on but am just too nervous that I’ll blow it. Is it super easy to use?


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