French fold

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Simple question: what is a French fold pillow case?

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I still iron ALL my pillowcases; even the Comphy ones. Maybe it's my fault for letting them sit too long in the dryer or the basket. Anyway, my helpers HATE ironing the French fold pillowcases. It's not so much that they're hard to iron, but that when you try to fold them, they inevitably get wrinkled again. Sigh...such is the life...

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I'm reviving this old thread to report on a year with regular Comphy pillowcases and a few months experience with French fold Comphy pillowcases. With all respect to Kathleen, GIVE ME FRENCH FOLD!!!

The thing is, my pillow-encasing bedbug-proof pillow covers are slick. Comphy pillowcases are slick. With a regular case, the pillow "squirts" out of the case a bit, every single night, with the end of the pillow sticking out of the case. With French fold that does not happen. (NOTE: after putting the pillow in the French fold case, I pull the corners of the pillow into the corners of the fold, then give it a shake while holding the closed end of the case, to "lock it in" to the fold. It CAN'T come out in the night)

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I absolutely HATE them. They are a B**ch to iron.

With Comphy ironing is not necessary. French fold is wonderful.

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Thanks for the update. I am glad you like them. Perhaps the diff is the type of sheets. I have also had difficulties since gettng queen-size pillows - had a hard time finding queen-size pillow covers. Now I found some, that helps. I still have mostly cotton sheets. It is good info for newbies.

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 I bought a load of French fold white pillow cases for a buck each at a local discount store...they were Hol iday Inn extras. They work great as the case for pillows I keep covered in shams.  When guests pull the shams off the extra pillows they stay covered with the French fold holding the pillow in the case.

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Well, we may have to rename them to "freedom fold" to keep the locals happy. People here are still mad at the French, though I assure you they can't remember why.

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 I never even knew that was the name of them.

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French fold means the end of the pillow is not showing, it is a much classier look and keeps the pillow from getting out. 

No issue with ironing as they are Comphy Sheets. No iron. I prefer these style and buy them with the Comphy Sheets. These are the same you use in many countries, not typically America.

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That is why I buy king size pillowcases. i like the way they hang and they are easier to iron.

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all pillowcases you buy in the high street in the UK are french fold. We get open end from the laundry as they only do them to get them through the ironing machines however think the french fold look better.

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 You can sort of get the French fold look by folding the ends into the pillow case on one side of the pillow. The pillow can't get out and you have to look for the fold.

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Yes, I'm thinking it's the pillow equivalent of triple-sheeting, with an extra flap of material making a way to protect the pillow from guest's dirty hands, and keeping the guest from seeing the actual old stained pillow inside that cleaned and pressed pillow case!

When you order pillow cases from Comphy you have to specify French fold or open end. I ordered open end because I had no idea what French fold meant!

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You will not be sorry about your choice. I will not buy French fold pillowcases on purpose.

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Not too many ways to put a pillow case on so I would guess it's like an envelope fold where you tuck the ends in.

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Madeleine wrote:

Not too many ways to put a pillow case on so I would guess it's like an envelope fold where you tuck the ends in.

I buy king pillowcases for my queen pillows and fold the ends in.  Works great and if you have nice fluffy pillows it stays put pretty well. 

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I just did a goo gle and it is what I thought. There is an inner pocket on one side (fold that makes a pocket) that "holds the pillow in place" instead of the regular open end. I have one pair of those that came with a sheet wet and i did not notice about the pillowcases. I absolutely HATE them. They are a B**ch to iron. And I do not think they held my pillows in place in the pillowcase.

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