Pillowcase Pattern Tutorial

Fabric, scissors, thread, and pins on a table

Stacy Fisher 

Overview
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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. 

Notes

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. 

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric shears or rotary cutter and mat
  • Ruler

Materials

  • 3/4 to 1 1/4 yard main fabric
  • 1/2 yard cuff fabric
  • 1/4 yard trim fabric
  • Coordinating thread

Instructions

  1. Choose a Size

    The pillowcase pattern can easily be changed to fit a standard, queen, or king-sized pillow; you just cut the pillow's main pieces differently. The cuff and trim use the same amount of fabric in all sizes. You'll need different amounts of the main fabric depending on your pillowcase size.

    • Standard Pillow 3/4 yard
    • Queen Pillow 1 yard
    • King Pillow 1 1/4 yard

    You have a few options here if you want to change it up. If you'd prefer a pillow without trim, skip that step, and your pillow will turn out fine. You can also change up the overall effect and use the same fabric for the main body of the pillow and the cuff.

    A stack of pillows
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  2. Cut Your Fabric

    Once you've chosen your fabric it's time to cut it. The cuff and trim fabric are the same for all sizes.

    • Cuff 11 x 43 inches
    • Trim 1-34 x 43

    For the main fabric:

    • Standard 27 x 43 inches
    • Queen 31 x 43 inches
    • King 37 x 43 inches
    Cut fabric laying on a table
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  3. Prepare the Trim

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

    Trim, pins, and scissors
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  4. Layer Your Pieces

    Assemble the pillowcase layers.

    1. Lay your pillowcase cuff fabric down, right side 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. 
    Three pieces of fabric layered together
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  5. Make the Burrito

    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.

    Fabric rolled up
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  6. Finish the Burrito

    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.

    A pinned tube of fabric
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  7. Sew Raw Edges

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

    A sewn tube of fabric
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  8. Unroll the Burrito

    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.

    Pulling fabric out of a fabric tube
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  9. Iron

    Give the pillowcase a good press with your iron.

    The top of a pillowcase
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  10. Sew French Seams

    To enclose those raw edges, you'll need to sew a French seam. Sewing a French seam may sound intimidating, but it's pretty straight forward. 

    1. Putting wrong sides together, fold the fabric to form the shape of your pillowcase. Match the trim and seam and pin.
    2. Sew around the two edges with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. 
    3. Clip the corner where the side and bottom seams that you just sewed meet.
    A top edge of a pillow sewn
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  11. Finish French Seams

    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.

    Sew the bottom and side seams together, this time using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. This will enclose those raw edges.

    An enclosed French seam
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  12. Finish Pillowcase

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

    A finished pillowcase
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    A pillowcase on a bed
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