I trust you’ve had success putting together your pillowcases.  Are you ready to embellish them with a little crochet lace edge?

 

Trust me, I am not an experienced crocheter (is that a word?  ‘Knitter’ is a word, so I assume ‘crocheter’ is a word as well.)  In fact, I taught myself to crochet about a month ago.  Switching from knitting to crocheting does take a little concentration.  I kept wanting to keep my stitches on my crochet hook.  In fact, crocheting is just the opposite, you take your stitiches off of your hook.  The other difference I found, bearing in mind I’m a right-handed knitter, is that when knitting I like my yarn on my right side.  For crochet, having the yarn on left side of me made a big difference.

Step by step instructions on how to crochet an edge on pillowcase. A DIY home decor idea for a girl's bedroom.

There are plenty of tutorials in the blogosphere that teach you to knit.  I’m not a ‘re-create the wheel’ kind of gal, so here are some links to sites that I found useful for specific stitches:

Blanket Stitch

You will be doing a blanket stitch around the opening of your pillowcase.  This provides the anchor for your crochet edging.  I found this parenting site, which explains the stitch for children, to be very helpful.  Not sure what that says about me, but the bunny hole, frog and log verse ran through my mind as worked my stitches!  And it made me smile!

Chain Stitch (ch)

www.anniescatalog.com does a great job explaining this foundation stitch. There are illustrated, step-by-step instructions, as well as a video.  Bear in mind that when making the edge of the pillowcase, you’ll be working your chain stitch under the blanket stitch you’ve put on the edge of your pillowcase.  

Single Crochet (sc)

Once again, www.anniescatalog explained the stitch very well.

Double Crochet (ds)

www.anniescatalog.com, sticking with what works.

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Going with Lions Brand on this one.

Before I jumped in to working on my pillowcase, I got a scrap piece of long-ish fabric.  I sewed the 2 short ends together to fashion a ‘column’ like the pillowcase opening.  I practiced my blanket stitch and crochet for bit on this fabric to get my tension down and learn some stitches.

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Supplies needed to crochet a border/lace on pillowcase:

  • Yarn, I think a fine or a light  work best for this project.  I like Patons Grace (a 100% Mercerized Cotton).  When you shop for your fabric, have a sense of the color you’ll be using for the trim and make sure you have that yarn.
  • Crochet Hook,  I used a G/6 or D/3.  I would’ve used something between these 2 sizes, but my craft stores didn’t have a great selection, so got what I could.  Think it turned out fine.
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors

 

How I put the border/lace edge on my pillowcases:

  • I marked 1/2″ all around the pillowcase opening.  Bear in mind, you need 78 marks, so if you need to fudge and make one of your marks a little on either side of 1/2″, not a problem.  I would try and do it around your seams.  Given the size of the pillowcase opening, you should be pretty darn close.  From the photo, see how I marked from the top stitch seam all the way to the edge.  I needed to do that to make sure my blanket stitches were straight.

 

  • Worked my blanket stitch with a doubled strand of the cotton yarn I’ll be crocheting the edge with.  I read on YouGoGirl’s website that she recommends working the blanket stitch for half of the pillow, then cutting a new piece of yarn for the second half.  The eliminates the crazy long piece of yarn.  As it is, measure a piece of yarn 8 times the width of your pillowcase, which should be around 19″, so about 4 yds.
  • Don’t knot your yarn when you start the blanket stitch, but leave a tail.  I start and finish each blanket stitch section so that it ends within the pillow pocket so I can get in there to tidy it up.  
  • Once you’ve gone around your pillowcase with your blanket stitch, tie your ends together (so the end of the 2nd blanket stitch section should tie off with the beginning of the first blanket stitch section).  I double tie and put a dab of glue on as well.
  • Now you’re ready to crochet.  Work 3 chain stitch or 3 single crochets in each section of your blanket stitch.Step by step instructions on how to crochet an edge on pillowcase. A DIY home decor idea for a girl's bedroom.
  • Step by step instructions on how to crochet an edge on pillowcase. A DIY home decor idea for a girl's bedroom.
  •  When you get back to the beginning, you’ll begin your scallop pattern.
  • Ch1 and SC in first stitch.  Skip 2 stitches, then work 5 dc in the same stitch.  This will build your scallop.Step by step instructions on how to crochet an edge on pillowcase. A DIY home decor idea for a girl's bedroom. 
  •  Skip 2 stitches, then work 1 SC in the next stitch.  
  • Continue in this pattern (skip 2, work 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2, work 1 sc in next stitch) until you are at the beginning.  Work a slip stich (sl st) in the first stitch you worked.  This will give you the border shown on the pink/orange pillowcase.
  • I then work the thread back into the pillowcase right at one of the blanket stitches so it is hidden.  Tie both end off within the pocket, where you tied off the blanket stitches.  

Once you’ve mastered this stitch, try some variations.  Instead of 5 dc in your scallop, try doing 2 dc, 1 tc (triple crochet) and then 2 more dc.  This will give just a wee bit of a point to your scallop.  This is shown on the turquoise/pink pillowcase.

Another variation I tried is working a double crochet all around the pillowcase opening before I started my scallop, as shown below.

 

 

Hope this wee tutorial gives you novice crocheters just the nudge you need to make this fun project.

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