DIY Travel Allergy Protecting Pillowcase

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Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And do you have allergies or do you know someone that has allergies so every time you need to travel, you need to bring your own pillow? But you really don’t want to bring your own pillow because, after all, it does take up a lot of space. Well, wouldn’t it be nice if we could have something to cover the pillow with? Well, there is. So there’s a product out there that is created by Fairfield and it’s called Shield and what it is is a moisture and an allergen barrier, and it’s very much like fabric. You sew it like fabric, but it has a special coating on it that prevents the moisture and the allergens from coming through. It looks like a very soft thin fabric. One side is very very soft and the other side looks like a plastic. And what it is, is a polyurethane that has been fused into the fibers so that no moisture or allergens can pass through this layer of fabric. This makes it great to travel with because you can make a nice big pillow case cover, and that way you don’t need to bring your pillow. You only need to bring the cover. So let’s make a nice big king- size cover so that you can carry your cover instead of the pillow. A king-size pillow is 20″ by 30″ so we need to make the cover bigger than that, just so it is going to be easier to put in and out. The Shield is very easy to sew with, but there are a couple of things to keep into consideration. You can gently press the side that has the fabric on it. 𝘿𝙤 𝙣𝙤𝙩 press the side that is shiny, that has that sort of plastic coating on it, because your iron will not be happy. The other thing is, have a nice sharp needle. And you’re going to sew the layers together so that the shiny sides are touching and the smooth sides are going to the outside. And that way the machine is going to be able to run over top of them. Now if you have a walking foot, you can actually sew the two layers together so that the soft sides are touching and the sticky sides are on the outside. So if you have a walking foot, you can do it one way, if you don’t, well, we’re going to do it the regular way so you can use any foot at all. To start with we’re going to need two pieces of the Shield. One piece is going to be 25″ by 35″. The second piece is going to be 25″ by 40″. And we’re going to put a little binding on two of the edges of the pillow and that’s actually going to be the outside of the cover. The binding you just need to take a 2″ strip of fabric. Fold it in half and press it so that the right sides are sticking out. Then we’re going to sew that binding along two of the edges. Now the edges are going to be the 25″ length. You need to do both of those edges with the binding. Take the shiny side of the Shield and your binding and match up the raw edges. So stitch a quarter inch all the way down. When you have that binding sewn on you’re going to be able to just take this fabric and finger-press it so that that seam allowance is going towards that binding piece. The binding is going to fold over and come right up against that stitching line. And when you get to the machine you’re just going to stitch right along that edge. Now to make this a lot easier to stitch, well, you’re going to need some good old-fashioned tissue paper. And this is just the tissue paper that you put in your gift bags—and yes it can be old and used. Take the tissue paper and cut it into long thin pieces. And you don’t have to measure it. Just cut some long pieces. So what’s going to happen is the tissue paper is going to go down first. That shiny side of the fabric is going to go down next, and then right at the machine you’re going to be able to just fold that over, turn that on to itself so that seam allowance is sort of tucked inside. And you’re going to be able to stitch all the way along that edge and you’re going to be stitching through this binding and right through the tissue paper. The tissue paper is going to make it so it’s a lot easier to sew, because that plastic sort of wants to get stuck on the bottom of the machine, so this just makes it really slippery so it sews really well. But what’s great is that tissue paper is going to be able to just be ripped right off. Once the binding’s done we’re going to be able to sew the pillow together. Place shiny sides together and the binding sides are going to go on the same side. You’re going to be able to match up all of the side seams. I don’t know if you’ve ever sewn with these clips before. They’re clips that are designed to replace pins. This is a great opportunity to use them because you want to put as little holes as possible in those two layers of fabric, so I like to use the clips. So you need to clip all of the edges together. And clip all the way almost right to the top. And when you lay that top, the top is going to be bigger than the bottom. You’ll be able to take that bottom piece and fold it onto itself inside, and then this top piece is going to go on top. And you’re going to be able to match up that fold edge right along this edge here, and those edges are going to match. And just stitch a quarter inch all the way around three sides. You will not be stitching this opening. Now we’re going to turn it so that the shiny side is out. And when you pull the shiny side up, that short piece is now going to go underneath and that long piece is going to go right up at the top. We’re going to want to do another row of stitching all the way around the three sides that we did before—not this opening. So if you have a walking foot, you can still continue to use the walking foot. If you don’t, we’re going to use the tissue paper method again. Remember, you do not want to iron on the shiny side, so it’s really important that you just press with your hands. And you’re going to be able to just roll it and push that seam right out. Just press it with your hands. Next, take tissue paper, long strips, and fold it in half. Put the tissue paper around that seam so you have tissue paper on both sides. And when the tissue paper has been put on both sides, you can sew those three seams again. So you’re not going to sew the opening. What you’re going to do is actually just pretend that tissue paper is not there. And you can sew a generous quarter inch. Because you did a quarter-inch seam allowance, you’re going to encase that quarter-inch seam. As you stitch around you’re going to find that paper is going to wrinkle. That’s fine because we’re just removing that paper. When all the tissue paper has been removed, take the pillow and turn it right side out. So what you’ve done is you’ve created a double seam. So you have a nice seam on one edge and a nice seam on the other. So when you get to where you’re going you’re going to be able to take the pillowcase off that they have provided and put the pillow in your own case. You’ll be able to now take that little fold and push the pillow inside the fold and so the flap is going to come to the outside. Now you have your pillow completely covered, so you’re safe from having any allergens from the inside of that pillow. You can bring your own pillowcase and put your own pillowcase over top of this or just put the pillowcase on that they provided. And you’re going to be able to have an allergy-free, good night’s sleep. So this is definitely a lot easier to pack than the pillow itself. However, you will still have that allergy-free sleeping night. The only thing you’re going to have to remember is taking the pillowcase off before you leave. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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5 thoughts on “DIY Travel Allergy Protecting Pillowcase

  1. Isn't that a great idea, I wonder what else you could use that fabric for. Maybe under the quilt back of a picnic blanket, or a toddler's bed, you wouldn't want to use it for and infant in case they end up face down. The lining of a wet bag. What else have you thought of?

  2. I almost didn't watch this video because it's been a busy day and thought, "What else am I going to learn about a pillowcase that I haven't already heard from Laura?" And then you showed us how to do that binding and use of the tissue paper. Once again, you didn't disappoint in showing me some new and very helpful tips.

    Yes, the only problem I would have is taking that allergan free pillowcase off before I leave. How DID you know? 🙂 I forgot a rain jacket at a theatre this very afternoon!

  3. OMG here you are 2 yrs later and spot on for using this product! Thank you,Thank you,Thank you‼️❣️
    Another tutorial suggestion would be making a baby bib with this product! I hope you do a tutorial on it.

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