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I've made a few pillowcases in my time and I've always used a serger. Our BAMQG gift exchange was yesterday and we were asked to bring our gift in a pillowcase for donation to the Happiness is a Warm Quilt drive for the fire victims in Santa Rosa and Napa Counties. Everyone was talking about the burrito method for making a pillowcase (with french seams), so I decided to try it out. I used Jaye's blog post to guide me, but others used this YouTube video. I omitted the accent fabric and chose two prints from my stash.

I LOVE this method! It's quick and easy and the french seams make it feel so fancy. It's a little hard to get a photo of the seams, but the magic is in the fact that there is no exposed edge of fabric.

I wish I had timed how long it took me. All I know is that it was fast! Tada! (My cuff fabric is a single colorblocked piece of fabric with six different shades of green.)

And I used my pillowcase to wrap the gift I gave yesterday. Now I'm debating making pillowcase style Hanukkah gift bags (to reuse every year) instead of the lined drawstring bags I thought I'd make.

What are your favorite magically fast tutorials?