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I make pillowcases with every quilt I give as a gift. My grandchildren KNOW they will get pillowcases every year for their birthdays and Christmas! I try to find novelty prints to match their personalities. They are always SURPRIZED and it makes me feel so good that they still enjoy gifts made by NANA. The boys are now 18 and 21 and my GD is 12 - so you know I have made a gazillion pillowcases!! When they were younger, I, like Jane, made holiday pillowcases too! I also make my own pillowcases as the ones that some with sheetsets are too small to fit my queen sized pillows. And, of course, they match the quilts for my bed too! My method is to cut the main fabric 24" in length then trim from the fold to 20", then a coordinating strip WOF 3" (fold in half lengthwise and press) and another coordinating strip 12" (fold in half lengthwise and press) - I open out the 20" to 40" and add both folded strips, 1/1/2" first then 6" on top, cut edges together and serge (or sew) across - press with the small insert facing up, then fold in half and serge (or sew) the long edge, matching seams. I then lay the case flat, with the seam in the middle and serge (or sew) across the short end. I rethread the serger tails and use a bit of fraycheck on the corners and the bottom of the centered seam. If you sew it, just backtack. Turn right side out and press - These go together really fast!! I usually cut out 5 or 6 pair at a time, then zip zip zip through the serger - done in no time! The photo is of some pillowcases I made for the boys this year.