2 easy ways
Make a pillow case pattern to spice up your bedroom. It only takes about 20 minutes, and the outcome is awesome. Don’t deny yourself the experience of a luxurious sleep.
There are two ways to sew a pillowcases. The really really easy one, and then a second fancier (but still easy) one with a contrasting hem! Both methods are very similar, start reading the instructions and choose whatever suits you best as you go along. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Measure the pillow
These are the most common pillow sizes.
- Standard 20″ x 26″
- Queen 20″ x 30″
- King 20″ x 36″
- Travel 12″ x 16″
2. Figure out pillow case pattern size
Good news, I already did it for you! These are the measurements for regular pillow case patterns
- Standard: 22.5″ x 31.5″
- Queen: 22.5″ x 35.5″
- King: 22.5″ x 41.5″
- Travel: 14.5″ x 21.5″
If you have another pillow size just add 2.5″ to the pillow’s width and 5.5″ to it’s length
These are the ones you’ll need if you’re going to have a contrasting edge.
- Standard: 22.5″ x 27.5″, hem: 22.5″ x 8.5″
- Queen: 22.5″ x 31.5″, hem: 22.5″ x 8.5″
- King: 22.5″ x 37.5″, hem: 22.5″ x 8.5″
- Travel: 14.5″ x 17.5″, hem: 14.5″ x 8.5″
For a different sized pillow, add 2.5″ to the pillow’s width and 1.5″ to the length. Draw a rectangle measuring 8.5″ x pillow case pattern’s width for the hem.
3. Cut the fabric
Use a 45″ wide fabric to make your life easier. Fold the fabric in half along the width to make the selvages meet (the selvage is the finished edge of the fabric). The right side of fabric should be on the inside.
Measure the pillow case’s length and cut.
For a contrasting hem, cut a strip from another fabric the same way.
Finish the edges of all your pieces with a serger or zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
If you’re going to make a simple case without contrasting hem just sew a 4″ machine hem on one of the short edges.
Here are the steps for sewing the contrasting hem:
- Fold the hem piece lengthwise in half. Leave the right side of fabric outside. Press.
- Fold one of the long edges 1/4″ towards the wrong side. Press.
- Pin the unfolded edge to the top of the pillowcase rectangle. The hem’s right side should face the pillowcase’s wrong side. Sew them together.
- Fold the hem over the stitch you just made and press (be careful not to go over the previous folding lines). Turn the pillow case so the right side is facing you. If you’ve done everything right you should be seeing the hem’s wrong side.
- Fold the hem in half over the pillow case’s edge to cover the seam.
- Finish by topstitching along the edge to hold everything in place.
5. Close the pillowcase
Match your pieces, right sides of fabric together. Sew the edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving only the hemmed side open. Clip the corners so that they turn nicely!
If you want the pillowcase to be extra strong, you can use a french seam instead of the regular one.