Pillowcase Pattern Tutorial

A pillowcase on a bed
Stacy Fisher
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    Pillowcase Pattern Tutorial

    A pillowcase on a bed
    Stacy Fisher

    This pillowcase pattern tutorial will take you through each step of sewing a pillowcase for a Standard, Queen, or King-sized pillow. Using the "burrito" method, you'll sew the pillow in a unique way that will leave you amazed. It's a quick sewing project that you'll have done in less than half an hour. 

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    Gather Your Materials

    Fabric, scissors, thread, and pins on a table
    Stacy Fisher

    You'll need just a few supplies to make this pillowcase. 

    What You'll Need:

    • Main Fabric (3/4 to 1 1/4 yard, see below)
    • Cuff Fabric (1/2 yard)
    • Trim Fabric (1/4 yard)
    • Coordinating Thread
    • Sewing Machine
    • Scissors or Rotary Cutter/Mat
    • Ruler

    My choice of fabric for pillowcases is quilting cotton. You can use just about anything here though, a silkier fabric would be very soft and luxurious. 

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    Choosing a Pillowcase Size

    A stack of pillows
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    This pillowcase pattern can easily be changed to fit a standard, Queen, or King-sized pillow, you'll just need to cut the main pieces of the pillow differently. Here's the amount of fabric you'll need for each size of the pillow.

    • Standard Pillow: 3/4 yard main fabric, 1/2 yard cuff fabric, 1/4 yard trim fabric
    • Queen Pillow: 1 yard main fabric, 1/2 yard cuff fabric, 1/4 yard trim fabric
    • King Pillow: 1 1/4 yard main fabric, 1/2 yard cuff fabric, 1/4 yard trim fabric

    You have a few options here if you want to change it up. You don't need to have a trim fabric if you don't want, just eliminate it and your pillow will turn out fine. You also can use the same fabric for the main body of the pillow and the cuff if you like. 

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    Cutting Your Fabric

    Cut fabric laying on a table
    Stacy Fisher

    Once you've chosen your fabric it's time to cut it. Here are the sizes that you'll need to cut depending on what size of pillowcase you're making. The cuff and trim fabric will be the same for all sizes. 

    • Standard Pillow: 27" x 43" of main fabric, 11" x 43" of cuff fabric, 1 3/4" x 43" of trim fabric
    • Queen Pillow: 31" x 43" of main fabric, 11" x 43" of cuff fabric, 1 3/4" x 43" of trim fabric
    • King Pillow: 37" x 43" of main fabric, 11" x 43" of cuff fabric, 1 3/4" x 43" of trim fabric
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    Prepare Your Trim

    Trim, pins, and scissors
    Stacy Fisher

    Fold your trim fabric in half longways with the wrong sides together. Press well with your iron.

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    Layer Your Pillowcase Pieces

    Three pieces of fabric layered together
    Stacy Fisher

    Time to assemble the pillowcase.

    1. Lay your pillowcase cuff fabric down with the right side facing up. 
    2. Lay your main fabric down on top of the cuff, right side up, matching the raw edges.
    3. Lay the trim piece on top of the other pieces, matching up the raw edges. 
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    Make the Burrito

    Fabric rolled up
    Stacy Fisher

    This pillowcase pattern uses the burrito method of making a pillowcase.

    Starting at the bottom of the main fabric, roll it upwards, forming a tube or a "burrito". Stop when you get the center of the cuff fabric, you'll see the bottom half of it sticking out from under your tube.  

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    Finish the Burrito

    A pinned tube of fabric
    Stacy Fisher

    Roll up the cuff fabric in the same way, rolling it up until the raw edge meets the top edge of the trim. Pin, making sure that all layers get pinned together, including that skinny trim piece. 

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    Sew the Raw Edges

    A sewn tube of fabric
    Stacy Fisher

    Sew together the raw edges of the fabrics with a 1/4" seam allowance. You'll be left with a long tube of multiple layers of fabric. 

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    Unroll the Burrito

    Pulling fabric out of a fabric tube
    Stacy Fisher

    Grab the main fabric from inside the burrito tube and gently pull it out. Continue pulling until the pillowcase is completely turned right-side out. Give it a good press with your iron.

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    Iron Flat

    The top of a pillowcase
    Stacy Fisher

     Give the pillowcase a good press with your iron.

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    Sew French Seams

    A top edge of a pillow sewn
    Stacy Fisher

    To enclose those raw edges, you'll need to sew a French seam. This may sound intimating but it's really pretty straight forward. Here's how the first part is done.

    1. Fold the fabric together to form the shape of your pillowcase. You'll want to put WRONG sides together. Match the trim and seam and pin.
    2. Sew around the two edges with a 1/4" seam allowance. 
    3. Clip the corner where the side and bottom seams that you just sewed meet.
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    Finish Your French Seam

    An enclosed French seam
    Stacy Fisher

    Let's finish that French seam.

    1. Turn the pillowcase inside out, so the right sides are together. Use a chopstick or pencil to gently push out the corner that you clipped. Press well.
    2. Sew the bottom and side seams together, this time using a 1/2" seam allowance. This will enclose those raw edges.
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    Finish the Pillowcase

    A finished pillowcase
    Stacy Fisher

     Turn the pillowcase right side out and give a good press with your iron. You're finished!