Or sometimes Grandma and Grandpa have them over for a sleepover. They can stuff their pj’s and favorite blankie into the pillow portion. The button closure will help these things stay in! Let them pack their favorite stuffed animal or some books in the zippered pocket. With the handle at the top, they are ready to go equipped with everything they need in case they get a little homesick.
What You’ll Need:
-Two 21” x 26” main fabric (mine is the green argyle)
-Two 21” x 11” coordinating fabric (for top border on pillowcase)
-Two 21” x 18” pieces of fabric (for zippered pocket)
-One 6” x 14” piece of fabric for the handle
-Two 2” x 13” fusible interfacing
-1 LARGE button (optional—if you are worried about your child pulling it off and putting it in their mouth, skip this! You can use velcro for a closure instead to be safer)
Take the two 21” x 18” of pocket fabric. Mark a line 3” down from the 21” top. Center a piece of fusible interfacing on the line and in the middle of the fabric and iron, following the directions that come with the interfacing.
Place the zipper behind so that you see the top on the side of the pocket you want facing out. You can use a glue stick to help hold it in place (I didn’t and I should have because mine ended up going in a little unevenly!).
Along the top of the pocket, iron down 1/2” towards the inside as pictured below. Alternatively, you could zig-zag or serge the edges, then iron them down 1/4” towards the lining fabric of the pocket.
Place the pocket piece evened up on the edges and bottom of the 21” x 26” with the strap. Pin the pocket along the top and sides, tucking in the top portion of the pocket that you ironed down. If you are worried about getting it even, mark a line onto the main pillowcase that you can follow while “top-stitching” the pocket on.
Fold one of the 21” x 11” in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and iron. Make sure that if you have directional fabric that it will be the right direction when you fold it back up). Line up the unfinished edges along the top. Sew with a 1/2” seam.
If desired, find the center of the band and sew a buttonhole and button on where needed. I wanted to do this so if my kids carried it around they could stuff pj’s, stuffed animals, etc. and they won’t fall out as easily if it was just the big opening.
**Please be careful! Contains small parts. Be aware of the zipper pull and the button. Little kids should not pull on them and kids under 3 or 4 should not sleep with these!**