A pretty crocheted edge can turn an ordinary, white pillowcase into a lovely bed linen. You can stitch up your own pillow case or… you can do like I did and take the easy way out and buy white cotton pillowcases from Marshall’s or HomeGoods. ($7 for a two-pack!)
I did some internet research to figure out the best way to secure an edge to the case so that I could begin my crochet. Basically, I found 3 techniques that looked like they’d do the trick:
1) Using a needle and crochet thread, back-stitch along the top edge:
2) again, using a needle and crochet thread, do a blanket stitch around the top edge:
3) create a chain stitch along the top edge:
Of these three possibilities, my favorite was the simple back-stitch. I threaded size 10 crochet cotton onto the needle:
By back-stitching along the upper edge, you create a series of stitches that will accommodate the first row of your crochet pattern:
Using a size D crochet hook, I did a base row of single crochet:
The back-stitch method created a nice, smooth, finished edge:
I love the way they look all stacked together!
I used an assortment of dk-weight cottons, which aren’t quite as fine as size 10 crochet thread, but they do work up quickly. And “quick” is what you need when you become obsessive and buy more white pillowcases than there are days in the month.