Today I’m going to share with you my “go to” way to sew a pillowcase. It’s quick and easy and makes a great gift!
A few years ago I made a set of Christmas pillowcases for my nephews for Christmas. I was telling a friend of mine about the project (she was looking for easy gift ideas for her nieces for Christmas) and she asked if I had a tutorial for it on my site. I realized while I was talking to her that I never got around to writing up a tutorial for the pillowcases.
I realize that this is one of many free pillowcase tutorials on the web. I obviously didn’t invent it the handmade pillowcase but thought I’d share with you guys my “go to” way for making a pillowcase. It’s crazy easy. So easy that you may find yourself making pillowcases for every occasion. How cute would a special birthday pillow case be?
This pillow case takes longer to cut out than to sew, and uses a serger. If you don’t have a serger you can still make one, you’ll just need to substitute french seams where it calls for a served seam (to learn how to sew a french seam click here).
If you do have a serger, this project is crazy fast!! To make the pillow case a bit more special I added a bit of ribbon trim to the edge.
The fabrics I used are from Cotton + Steel’s gingham and Tinsel Christmas lines. You can buy them here. You’ll need 1 yard of fabric for the pillowcase and 1/2 yard for the band.
1 yard fabric for pillowcase body
1/2 yard fabric for pillowcase band
1 1/2 yards 1″ wide ribbon for trim
To make a pillow case cut:
- 11″ x 40″ for the pillowcase band
- 28″ x 40″ for the pillowcase
- Ribbon 40″ long
Begin by folding the 11″ wide pillowcase band in half lengthwise. Press. Pin the 40″ side to the the right side of the 40″ side of the pillowcase.
Serge this seam.
Press the seam to one side. Using the seam tape, iron the ribbon onto the pillowcase centered over the seam between the pillowcase and the band.
Top stitch Stitch ribbon very close to the edge to secure.
Fold the pillowcase in half and serge the bottom and sides.
Clip the strings and you’re done!!
I gifted the pillowcases with a special poem:
“Each Christmas Eve I lay in bed I cannot fall asleep ‘Cuz Santa and his elves will bring some toys and games that beep!
My brain is in a thinking mode I wiggle and I giggle Then I get my MAGIC CASE And slip it on my pillow.
I close my eyes and start to dream Of gifts and sugar plums. Then all at once my mother’s voice Tells me that Santa’s come.
When you can’t sleep on Christmas Eve You toss and turn and wiggle Just slip this MAGIC PILLOW case over your soft pillow”