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Super Easy DIY Pillow Case

By: Chris Hammond for
Super Easy DIY Pillow Case
Super Easy DIY Pillow Case
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Get your sewing machines ready for a great cause! This Super Easy DIY Pillow Case video tutorial is the perfect fast and easy pillow case pattern for you to make in just 15 minutes. This means that this is the perfect DIY pillow case 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. Plus, this is a great pillow case pattern for you to make for yourself and your kids as well! 

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Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • 3/4 of a yard of your main fabric choice
  • 1/4 of a yard for your cuff piece
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins

Super Easy DIY Pillow Case

How to Make a Pillow Case

  1. Start with your fabrics measured and cut, and press your fabrics flat and make sure there are no creases. Stack everything on top of each other and make sure that everything is the same width.  

  2. Press your 1/4 yard cuff, and press it in half so that the wrong sides are together. 

  3. Open up the fold on your main fabric piece and open up your cuff and place it down on the table right side up. 

  4. Take your main body piece, right side up, and put it over top of your cuff piece, lining up the edges. 

  5. Take the far end of your main piece and begin folding and roling it until you get to about the middle of the cuff piece. 

  6. Take the cuff piece and fold it over, so that all the main fabric is trapped. Pin this into place. 

  7. Sew along the pinned end using a quarter inch seam.

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

  8. Turn your fabric out. 

  9. Press your cuff nice and flat using your iron. 

  10. Put your pillow case down and line up your edges, wrong sides together. Be sure to match up the seam from your cuff on both pieces, and pin if necessary. 

  11. Using your sewing machine, sew a very scant quarter inch seam. Any narrow seam will do as long as you make it less than a quarter of an inch. 

  12. Repeat that all the way around your edges. 

  13. Turn your work inside out. 

  14. Repeat sewing all the way around the edges of your pillow case, this time using a generous quarter inch seam. 

  15. Turn back right side out. 

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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.

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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