I found what I think is a super easy project and it would be fantastic for a first project to try out sewing. It is a basic pillowcase! I can’t believe I haven’t made one until now! I followed this tutorial and got the measurements for the travel pillowcase from here.
The pillowcase is so easy to make because it’s only a few cuts and straight line sewing. The tutorial that I followed was super easy to follow and she even included a video at the bottom. But, the video shows a way that is slightly different than the written tutorial.
If you are new to sewing, then when you do the French seam, I suggest going with the video and sewing with wrong sides together at 1/4” and then with right sides together at a 1/2”. I think there is less room for error this way.
I don’t know if the new travel pillows are thicker than they used to be, but I would make the pillowcase at least 2 inches longer. So instead of making the main fabric (the owls) 15 x 26, I would make it 17 x 26. You could probably even add a little more to it and be safe. As you can see in the picture, the pillow hangs out a little and that isn’t just because Lillian is leaning on it.
This is also a great beginner project because you don’t have to think about interfacing and you don’t need any weird tools or needles. All you need is fabric, a sewing machine, scissors (a cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter would make it much easier, but you could manage with scissors), thread (it doesn’t have to match), and a basic needle.
I hope all of you beginners out there try a pillowcase and realize how exciting it is to finish an easy and quick project. Good luck!