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Pillowcase How-To
Super cute pillowcase pattern with only TWO exposed seams!

This is for one pillowcase - double your fabric for a matching pair.

p.s. Geez, the fabrics I used in the tutorial photos are so NOT me!

Posted by Krissi from Folsom, California, United States • Published See Krissi's 9 projects »
  • Step 1

    Trim and square fabrics to the following measurements:

    Fabric A (body): 41"high x 27"wide( watch those directional patterns!)
    Fabric B (cuff): 41" high x 10" wide
    Fabric C (trim): 41" high x 3" wide

    Even if your fabric measures correctly, you will want to square up the fabric with your rotary cutter, mat and ruler. If your measurements are off by a tiny bit, don't worry -- just make sure that, if you are making a pair, BOTH pillows pairs match (so if you have 26.5" for one pillow, cut the second to 26.5" -- you can make up for the lost half inch by adding it to your cuffs!)

  • Step 2

    Fold and press the trim fabric (3" x 41") in half longwise; wrong sides (WS) together

    Set aside

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 3
    Step 3

    Spread out fabric for your cuff (41"x10" in this photo, green fabric) right side (RS) up.

    Place body fabric (in this photo, flowers) RS up on top of cuff fabric. Match raw edges and pin.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place folded and pressed trim fabric on top of body fabric, raw edges matching.

    Remove pins and repin all three fabrics (four layers) together)

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 5
    Step 5

    Roll body fabric (this is the cool part!). Stop when approx. 4"-5" of cuff fabric is exposed. DO NOT ROLL CUFF FABRIC.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold cuff fabric over "roll" and match raw edges of cuff and trim fabrics. Remove and replace pins...

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 7
    Step 7

    Your fabric 'sandwich wrap' should look like this!

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew a 3/8" seam along the long edge, removing pins (BEFORE your machine gets near them, of course).

    Always SET YOUR SEAMS by pressing (lift and press with your iron on all newly stitched area - don't "rub" it on the fabric) Don't ask why you should set your seams, just do it - you'll love me for it later when you get amazing, professional results.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 9
    Step 9

    Flip it baby! It's as easy as 1...

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 10
    Step 10


  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 11
    Step 11


    The super-keeno reason to use this technique is that the four raw edges where the various fabrics from the body, cuff and trim meet are now enclosed inside of the cuff! No unraveling, no seams to finish! Woo Hoo!

  • Step 12

    Press all of your seams open and flat, using the tip of your iron and steam, if desired. Watch your fingers!

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 13
    Step 13

    Fold WS (yes, wrong sides!) together and match all raw edges for a French Seam!

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 14
    Step 14

    Beginning at cuffed edge, stitch down pillow using a 1/4" seam allowance, turn at corner and sew to folded edge

  • Step 15

    Set your seams!!!!!!

    Press seams open

    Turn your pillowcase inside out and press (yes, again!)

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 16
    Step 16

    Using a 5/8" seam allowance, sew around the case side and bottom, encasing the raw edges (this is the inside of your pillowcase and will not be seen)

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 17
    Step 17

    Here's what the seam looks like inside the finished pillowcase.

    Of course, you can use French seams on all kinds of stuff (so why don't you?).

    Flip it right side out (I didn't need to remind you to set your seams first, right?) Put it on a pillow and enjoy!

    If you have a fancy machine, you can add decorative stitches to the trim fabric in between steps 11 and 12. One x-mas I made my nieces each a pillow case in their fave color with their names stitched on the trim fabric (yay for programmable machines with text stitches!) I've found that one or two layers of light to medium weight dissolvable stabilizer works well for me.

  • How to make a pillow. Pillowcase - Step 18
    Step 18

    Here are a couple of the custom pillowcases I've made for our home.



Shivi · Perth, Western Australia, AU · 14 projects
this will be very handy, now i just need some-one to post a pattern for a doona cover and cushions.
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