Sew Your Own Pillowcases

Novelty pillowcases can cost a small fortune and are usually made with poor quality fabric. It can be so hard to tell from the packaging of most pillowcases if they're going to feel like what you hoped for. No one likes to sleep on a fabric they find itchy or too hot.

The best way to prevent this issue is to sew your own and have control over fabric quality and design! Follow these links for the best free directions online. No matter what kind of pillowcase you’re looking, for you can find a pattern here.

If you don’t have a lot of storage space or funds to redecorate, pillowcases can be a great way to mix up your style without breaking your budget. They don’t take up much room to store so if you live in a small space, they can help you change your look regularly without taking up the whole closet. Their small size also means the fabric can be cheap. You can even use old band T-shirts to make some rocking personalize pillowcases. They’d be perfect for a teen or rec room.

Making your pillowcases allows you one more area of your home that you can stylize just for you. You can make something fancy and satin or declare your love for your favorite fandom. It’s all up to you.

There are also patterns to help you make a travel pillow. If you’ve never used one they’re truly a lifesaver on long flights or bus rides. These small usually squishy u-shaped pillows help cradle your neck so you can sleep better sitting up. Once you use one you’ll wonder how you ever traveled without one.

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    Sew a Pillowcase With a Contrasting Hem


    The Spruce / Debbie Colgrove

    Rather than waste money on pillowcases that aren’t what you want, why not make them in the colors and fabrics you want. Imagine the smiles on a child's face who gets a pillowcase with their favorite characters on it!

    A pillowcase is a great place to use a fandom based fabric. They’re great for gifts. You can help your college-bound kids personalize their dorms bed with their favorite book or movie characters. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions for great results that even a beginner can achieve.

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    Sew a Standard, Queen, King or Travel Pillow Pillowcase

    free directions to sew a simple pillowcase

    The Spruce / Debbie Colgrove

    This pillowcase is a great beginner project. One yard of fabric is quickly transformed into a usable pillowcase with all straight sewing skills. Choose the fabric and color you like so you can have pillowcases that are exactly what you want!

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    Free Instructions to Sew a Pillowcase with a Ruffle Hem

    Sew Your Own Pillowcase with a Ruffle

    The Spruce / Debbie Colgrove

    This pillowcase dresses things up a bit by sewing a fabric ruffle rather than a straight hem. Follow the step-by-step instructions to make fancy pillowcases. You can class up anything from your throw pillows to your bedroom pillows with these easy steps.