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How to Sew a Pillowcase

This super easy DIY pillowcase works up fast and makes a great gift for kids or for charity.

By: Chris Hammond for AllFreeSewing.com


This super easy DIY pillowcase is so fun! Learn how to sew a pillowcase with our video tutorial and written instructions. It is the perfect fast and easy pillowcase pattern for you to make in under 15 minutes.

This means that this is the perfect rolled pillowcase for you to work on to make for a charity drive. With this sewing video tutorial being so quick and easy to make there is no reason for you to not make and give a little for a great cause as well as for your family and friends. It makes a unique gift for just about anyone!

This pattern is also a fantastic choice for charity, like Operation Christmas Child.
 

How to Sew a Pillowcase

Rolled Pillowcase Instructions:

This DIY pillowcase is one of the easiest methods around. It is sometimes referred to as a rolled pillowcase pattern or a magic burrito pillowcase pattern. No matter what you call it, we can all agree that this is one of the fastest and fun DIY pillowcases ever!

Follow along with the video above or read the instructions below to learn how to make your own pillowcase like this.

Materials
3/4 of a yard of your main fabric choice
1/4 of a yard for your cuff piece
Trim piece about 5 inches wide
Sewing machine
Thread
Pins
Scissors

 

  1. Start with your fabrics measured and cut. Press your fabrics flat, making sure there are no creases.

  2. Fold and press the trim fabric in half lengthwise, so that you have one piece that's long but 2-1/2 inches wide, wrong sides together in, correct side out.

  3. Fold your 1/4-yard cuff lengthwise, and press it in half so that the wrong sides are together. 

  4. Fold your main fabric in half, with the selvage edges together.

  5. Open up your cuff fabric and place it down on the table right side up.

  6. Overlap and line up your trim fabric with one side of the cuff fabric, selvage to selvage.

  7. Take your main body piece, right side down, and lay it on top of your cuff and trim pieces, lining up the edges. 

  8. Take the far end of your main piece and begin rolling it until you get to about the middle of the cuff piece, right above the fold line. 

  9. Take the cuff piece and fold it over, so that the wrong side is shown, the edges are matched up, and the main fabric is "trapped." Pin this into place. 

  10. Set up your sewing machine with a regular straight stitch. Sew along the pinned end using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

    Tip: Remember to do a locking stitch at the beginning and end of your strip. 

    Note: The first image below shows how the order of fabrics should look.

  11. Stick your hand in through the open side and pull all the fabric out.

  12. Fold your pillowcase in half, right sides together, making sure the selvage edges match up as well as the cuff and trim seams. Pin if needed.

  13. Press your fabric if desired before moving on.

  14. At the sewing machine, start at the cuff side, give yourself a 1/2-inch seam allowance, and sew down one side and then the other.

  15. Trim edges with scissors if desired.

    Note: If a serger is used, no trimming is necessary.

  16. Turn your pillowcase out.

Sewing Patterns for Pillowcases

Variety is the spice of life. Now that you have learned how to sew a pillowcase like the one above, try some of these easy sewing patterns for pillowcases.

Some of these are for your bed, some for your couch, and some of these designs are left up to you as to where you want to put them!
 

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These Tiny Toddler Pillowcases are perfect for kids that are in-between sizes. Smaller than regular pillows and bigger than pincushions, these inexpensive pillows can be bought for almost no money at any store.

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Thank you for such an easy to follow pattern. I am excited to start making these and donating them. As I was reading the pattern I thought of a few other great places to donate. People that are in the hospital for more than a couple days can you that little something to brighten the room. Call a local nursing home and get a head count and make up enough for each patient to open for a holiday.

The written instructions are not clear. Please rewrite them to match what is shown. Also measurements for Queen, King, etc are not provided as promised.

The tutorial has been corrected. Thank you for your patience! - Krista, Editor

I just made two of these for my son's birthday but I added a one inch accent strip near the cuff. The French seams make for a nice clean finish and the finished project looks great! Pillowcases are always a welcome gift, my friend made one to help a sick boy in the hospital,with his favorite hero on it. Great instructions!

This super easy pillow case tutorial is charming. With so many bright and cheery fabrics to choose from, and so quick to make, this is a great project for updating a bedroom dcor or for a kids sleep over. Only one yard of fabric total is needed. I am a great fan of quick and easy sewing projects like this one.

I'm not particularly great at sewing, but I think I could handle making this easy project! It's a great charity cause to sew for, and I'll probably make some for my bedroom afterward.

I really enjoyed your tutorial. I've made a couple for both of my grandson using Thomas The Train fabric and they love them. Your tutorial was very clear and easy to understand. I also would love to know what type of fabric should we use to make our own pillowcases when we want that nice soft feel? If we want to make them for "our" bedroom, what do you suggest?

What! Where has this video been when I wanted to make pillowcases. This has got to be the best one I have ever seen. I am redoing two bedrooms including the bedding and cannot find what I want. I will be making some of these pillowcases. I love making my own things so I can get the colors I want. It even shows you how to sew the seams in a french seam so they look nice and will not fray. Also has a tutorial to go along with the video. What if you need a bigger size? Do you just need to make longer?

You are an excellent instructor. I learned a lot watching your video. However, the video stopped and started every few seconds making it annoying. I am going to make some of these pillow cases.

Hi barwen! If you're having trouble with the video stopping and starting every few seconds, it can help to pause the video for a moment to let it "buffer" (load) before watching, especially if your internet connection isn't very fast. I hope that helps!

In the video, it is mentioned that measurements would be provided in the comments for larger size pillowcases. Where are those measurements? Thanks for a great video!

I'm not much of a sewer but I definitely want to try this out for a charity drive!

You are an excellent instructor. Clearly, you know what you're doing, but you manage to make the rest of us who aren't quite sure, feel really comfortable. I can't wait to make one for my son. Thank you ) Where do you prefer to buy your fabric? For gift pillows, I'd like a soft woven cotton. Any advice?

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