How to Make an Airplane Pillow Cover
Whether you want to surprise a child with a travel accessory featuring their favorite super hero or cartoon character, or you’d prefer to rest your sleepy head on something clean during long flights, this pillowcase pattern is for you. Made of flannel for softness with a contrasting mitered border for style, this case fits the pillows supplied by airplane companies.
- Two 12ʺ x 16ʺ rectangles of flannel
- 5/8 yard of cotton print fabric for borders, cut into eight 2-1/2ʺ by width of fabric strips (approximately 43ʺ wide)
- Two 4ʺ x 12ʺ rectangles of cotton print
- Coordinating thread
- Clear quilter’s ruler
- Pencil or chalk marker
- Quarter-inch foot (BERNINA Patchwork Foot #37)
- Edgestitch foot (BERNINA Edgestitch Foot #10)
Step 1) Assemble the envelope back of the pillow.
Prepare the back of the pillow cover by cutting the 12ʺ x 16ʺ flannel rectangle into two pieces: One 6ʺ x 12ʺ rectangle and one 10ʺ x 12ʺ rectangle.
Pin one 4” x 12” print fabric rectangle to a long edge of each flannel piece, right sides together. Stitch. Press the seam allowances toward the print fabric.
Turn under 1/2ʺ along the long unfinished edge of each print border strip.
Fold the trim in half, with enough overlap for the folded edge to just hide the seamline stitches. Pin in place.
Turn your work over and pin from the front, removing the pins from the back.
Attach the edgestitch foot to your machine and “stitch-in-the-ditch” to secure the folded edge in place.
Repeat for the second pillow back piece.
Overlap the two pillow cover back pieces about 2ʺ, with the narrow piece over the wider piece as shown. Pin to secure.
Baste the edges together.
Step 2) Add the borders and miter the corners.
Center a border strip to one edge of the pillow cover back. Do not trim to fit! Pin in place.
Repeat for the remaining three edges of the pillow cover back and the four edges of the pillow cover front.
Stitch the border strips in place with a 1/4″-wide seam allowance, taking great care to start and stop 1/4″ from each end. This step is critical, so make sure you are not sewing all the way to the end.
Tip: A 1/4″ foot, such as BERNINA Patchwork Foot #37, has sides that are exactly 1/4″ from the center needle position. It also has markings 1/4″ in front and in back of the needle, making it easy to stop and start 1/4″ from an edge.
When all eight strips have been sewn to the pillow cover front and back, you are ready to miter the corners. This step scares many crafters but is actually very simple, so don’t fret!
Pick a corner and fold it diagonally to create a triangle. The excess trim will naturally stack on itself.
Place the clear quilters ruler over the corner at a 45° angle, with the edge of the ruler meeting the very last stitch of the seam. (The 13ʺ line in the photo.)
Draw a line along this edge to mark your stitching line.
Stitch along the drawn line, then trim the seam allowances to about 1/4ʺ wide.
Pin the pillow cover front and back right sides together. If the edges are not even, you may trim them accordingly.
Sew around all sides of the pillow cover using a 1/4ʺ-wide seam allowance.
Turn the pillow cover right side out. Pin around the outer border to keep the layers from shifting.
Stitch-in-the-ditch between the border trim and the flannel around all four sides of the pillow cover.
Press and you’re done!