You may have noticed that most of the pillowcases in homeware shops come with a pretty border along the edge. Now you can learn how to make a pillowcase with a tailored border and durable French seam. Best of all it won’t take much more than 15 minutes of your precious time. You can make one for the whole family while your little one’s nap!
Let’s get started!
How To Make a Pillowcase
Pillowcases come in 3 common sizes – Standard, Queen, and King. There are some slight differences in sizing between countries but this how to make a pillowcase tutorial should fit most pillow inserts.
Supplies and Cutting Instructions
- FABRIC – 44” (112cm) wide. Pure cotton woven fabric is best as it will breathe and give you a great night sleep. Choose contrasting fabrics for the border and trim for a modern stylish look that matches your bedroom decor.
Start by cutting out your fabric in the following sizes.
How to Sew a Pillowcase
Press your trim in half lengthwise with the WRONG sides together matching the long raw edges.
Layer your main and border pieces with RIGHT sides together with the trim sandwiched in between. (You will be matching the 43 inch (109cm) side of each piece.)
Make sure the border is on the bottom layer as this will make the next step easier. Pin along the top raw edge so the pieces don’t move.
Now roll up the main piece of fabric almost to the top of the border.
Wrap the border around the main fabric and match all the raw edges. This is called the burrito method of making a pillowcase. It is easy to see from the side view why it has this name. Remove your original pins and repin through all layers.
Stitch across the top raw edge with a 1/2 inch (12mm) seam allowance.
Pull the main fabric through the end of the roll to turn your pillowcase the right way out.
Give your border a good press. Most cotton fabrics will press nicely at the seam but you can topstitch across if you wish.
Creating a French Seam Pillowcase
Fold your pillowcase in half with the WRONG sides together and the raw edges matching. Stitch along the side and bottom, 1/4 inch (6mm) from the edge.
Trim the seam to 1/8 inch (3mm) and clip the bottom corner.
Turn the pillowcase the WRONG way out and press the seam.
Now stitch around the seam again 1/4 inch (6mm) from the edge.
Turn the pillowcase the right way out again and give it a good press.
All finished and looking good! I hope you enjoyed this how to make a pillowcase series. Make one in a fun fabric to match your family’s personalities.
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