Making Marimekko Pillowcases


Just a few years ago I went to a cute fabric store we used to have in Silver Spring called Honfleur Home, which specialized in Marimekko items and designer fabrics. The brick and mortar has since closed but it was the ONLY place between here and NYC where I could find Heather Ross Mendocino fabric… Spending upwards of $50/yard on Marimekko was not on my radar at the time. Now I see what a fool I was. I should have been forgoing wine by the case and paying by the yard for material happiness.

So here we are, a few years later and I have taken the plunge and bought a few cuts of Marimekko prints. One of these prints, Voikukka, has me scheming day and night how to justify buying enough to make curtains for one of the girls’ rooms (between 6-12 yards x $48… makes Nani Iro look like a bargain!). I bought a yard which was generously cut at the shop to about a meter (just shy of 40 inches) and was hoping I could find a way to make two pillowcases out of it. Well, I am reporting SUCCESS!

Using the tutorial from Film in the Fridge as a starting point for measurements and basic construction I assembled these puppies in no time. They are more expensive than most of the sheets I own but I have to tell you – no sheet set I’ve ever slept on has ever made me this happy to look at (with the notable exception of a honeymoon hotel room at the Halekulani, perhaps).

I made two pillowcases with 1 meter of WIDE fabric (I think it was about 54″) and about half a yard of the border band print (also Marimekko – but not on their site). Additionally, I used 4 inches of the contrast stripe fabric – about 42″ wide will come in handy if you decide to show off a long hoarded print (like this Anna Maria Horner number, filigree in sun from the beloved Good Folks) with minimal loss to the remains. Keep in mind for the main panel – if your fabric is narrower than 52″ you will need more than 1 meter to make them. Note: Finished pillowcases are about 20 x 30″ and the band is typically 9″ folded in half and covers the raw edges.

I cut my fabric down the center fold – cutting two panels about 26″ wide and 39.86″ tall. The band goes along the 39″ length and the French seams are up at the top of the print (since it was directional) and at the opposite end of the band. It was a quick and rewarding way to end the day.

And no, this is not my bedroom. This is Mira’s room which has the best natural light. Both the girls have been asking to sleep on my pillows and I’m “concerned” I’m going to have to order two more yards.

Does Marimekko ever go on sale?!

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4 Responses to “Making Marimekko Pillowcases”

  1. Sheridan says:

    May 26th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Love. Your. Work.

    These are stunning.

  2. Laura says:

    May 26th, 2012 at 12:26 am

    You are the sweetest, Sheridan.

  3. Sarvi says:

    May 26th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I agree with Sheridan! Simply stunning. I love how the dandelion and the use of trim evoke vintage sheet prints, while the deconstructed images and their grand scale are totally contemporary. Utterly love it and am beyond jealous of your marimekko!

  4. Laura says:

    May 29th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Thanks so much Sarvi! I think you touched upon why the print and color tones appealed to me right away.