So I’m back. I got another arts and crafts project. I’m going to make a rubber pillowcase! Now I’ve made one in the past, here’s what it looks like. It turned out pretty good. Its really easy to make actually! It just involves two seams. There’s a seam on the back that goes across. And I also have a seam on the side. So just two really long seams, really easy to cut out and measure. And lets get to it! So, here’s everything you’ll need to get started! First, you’ll need roughly 3.5ft of rubber sheeting. Then, an old pillow case to get measurements from.
Also, some rubber cerement to glue everything together and some kind of solvent, I prefer paint thinner. In addition, a rotary cutter, a ruler, and a sharpie. I recommend a purple one because it’s the most visible on black rubber. You’ll also need some way apply the rubber cement, I prefer a paint brush and an old plastic hotel room key. Now let’s get all our measurements! I’m using the permanent marker to make little dots for all the edges of the pillow case. We’re going to need to do this twice for both sides. You can see one of the dots I made at the edge of the pillow case. However I’m going to measure out an extra 2 cm so we have a small overlap in order to glue the two sides together. Now, it’s just a matter of connecting all the dots in order to finish the pattern. Alright, now lets get the pattern cut out. This task is a breeze with the rotary cutter. But be careful, I actually ended up cutting myself while doing this. Now, use the solvent to clean up all the areas where the glue will be applied.
It’s also a good idea to clean up all the leftover lines from the permanent marker. Onto the gluing, first I’m going to stick some clear packing tape to the edges of the rubber.. This will prevent the rubber from curling up when the glue is applied. For applying the rubber cement, I will mainly use the plastic card. This does a good job of providing an even coating of glue across the entirety of the seam. Do the same thing for the other side of the pillow case, however keep in mind we will be gluing the underside. That way we can fold the other side over to glue both seams together.
So after waiting 5 minutes for the glue to dry a little, I line the two edges up and start pressing the two sides together. But of course, I ran into a little trouble. Part of the rubber was weakened during the cutting process and ended up ripping off when I tried to glue it down. So I’m just going to work around it and glue the remainder of the seam first. I’m using the paintbrush to add some extra glue to reinforce the area. Now I’ll be focusing on that little rip mark. And with that, our first seam is done! I’m using a beer can as a rolling pin to push the seams together and squeeze out some imperfections in the gluing process. I also noticed that the matte side of the rubber is facing outward, so I’m turning the pillow case inside out so the shiny side is visible.
Now onto our last seam! Fist, I’ll add a bit more tape, and then apply the glue to the first side. After waiting 2 minutes for the top to become tacky, I add a light layer of glue to the bottom and squish both ends together. I’m also adding some extra glue to any places that need it. Finally, a few more rolls with the beer can, and we are done! Alright! Well with that, I finally have a fully completed rubber bed set. Here is the pillow case I just made. You can see the seams all nice right here. And right here. And this is a really simple thing to make, it’s also nice becuase it helps you learn how to glue rubber seams. And if you mess up it’s really easy to hide it because it’s just a pillow case. Most of the main seams are underneath it. So even if you screw up, not a problem at all.
I recommend you give this a shot if your looking to make your own rubber gear. This is probably one of the easiest things you can make when your first starting out. Anyways, thats the video! I hope you all learned something, and I’ll see ya next video. .