How To: Make a Pillowcase (version 1)

I made 4 pillowcases for our Master Bedroom redo {2 in each pattern, as you can see in the photo}.

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This is actually the first time I remember making pillowcases and I tried it two different ways. Both versions worked equally well. I would use either, dependent on the fabric’s pattern. Completely your choice.

This post is going to illustrate version 1 and works best if you have a single yard of fabric for a single pillowcase. Version 2 {which we’ll get to tomorrow} works best if you have 2 yards of fabric and want to make 2 pillowcases.

So let’s get to it.

Pillowcases: Version 1

1. Start with 1 yard of fabric. Iron out all the wrinkles and lay it out flat.

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Use a pillowcase as a template.

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Leave about 1/2″ at the top for seam allowance (you could go down to 1/4″ but I had plenty to work with).

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Fold up the bottom over your existing pillowcase.

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Remove your template pillowcase and press the fold up.

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To finish the hem, just fold the raw edge over about 1/2″ and then tuck the raw edge up into the fold. Press.

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Now the bottom raw edge of your fabric has been pressed and folded up thusly.

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2. Stitch down the edge

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3. Fold it back up and find the middle of your fabric

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Stitch the fold down but only up to the middle of the fabric. {I like a pocket to keep the pillow in the pillowcase.}

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4. Fold the right sides together and stitch up the sides & top.

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Turn right side out and you’re done!

By not stitching down that one half of the fold, it tucks over the end of the pillow.

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Stay tuned for version 2, coming up tomorrow!!

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Happy sewing!

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8 Responses to How To: Make a Pillowcase (version 1)

  1. Meg says:

    Oh, those pillows are so perfect! My mom and I used to sew together with her old machine and it bit the dust recently. Just in time for us to have tons of projects that require a machine! I miss it so much, and am hoping one of us finds a good replacement soon. And when that glorious day comes, I just might be using your handy dandy tutorial!

    Still reeling from the big room reveal. Might be one of my very favorites of all time!

  2. I LOVE the pocket idea with the hem! I’ve made lots of pillowcases, but never thought of that. Genius! I have, however, put one pillowcase on and slipped another over it going the opposite direction.

  3. Mom Liv says:

    Love that pix of the pillowcase being sewn with the matching radiator in the background! Beautifully coordinated!

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  6. Love the pillowcase tutorial. Where did you get those amazing fabrics? They are so gorgeous!

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