How to Make King-Sized Pillowcases

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Make elegant, custom king-size pillowcases.
Make elegant, custom king-size pillowcases. (Image: Janie Airey/Lifesize/Getty Images)

King-size pillowcases are designed for king-size beds. Sometimes a king-size pillow is preferred because of its generous surface, giving the pillow a luxurious, extravagant feeling. Opulent designer pillowcases, enhanced with lace and other decorative embellishments, often come with a hefty price tag. But with some fabric and a few simple items, you can create personalized pillowcases that match your bedroom's decor. Whether you prefer crisp cotton or silky satin, you can make your own custom, king-size pillowcases in a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • 44-inch wide fabric, 2 1/2 yards
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Ribbon or lace

Wash and dry the fabric to accommodate any potential shrinkage.

Lay the fabric on a flat, clean surface. Fold the fabric lengthwise, right sides facing, edges well-matched. Cut the fabric in half widthwise, resulting in two folded pieces, each 45 inches long.

Machine-stitch a 1/2-inch seam along one end width and up the open length on one of your pillowcase fabric pieces. Repeat the process on the second pillowcase fabric piece.

Fold the edges of each pillowcase's opening over by 1/2 inch, then over again by 3 1/2 inches and pin the hem in place using straight pins. Press the hem flat, using an iron adjusted to the appropriate heat setting for the fabric type.

Start 3 1/4 inches down from the fold at the open end on each pillowcase. Stitch completely around each pillowcase, removing the straight pins as you go along. Your pillowcases now have finished hems approximately 3 1/2 inches wide.

Turn the pillowcase right side out. Enhance the pillowcase with ribbon or lace by sewing it around the outside edge of the pillowcase opening.

Tips & Warnings

  • "Right sides" is a sewing term that refers to the side of the fabric that faces out or is exposed on the completed item.
  • Standard pillowcase dimensions are 21 inches by 30 inches. Queen pillowcases measure 21 inches by 34 inches. King cases are typically 21 inches by 40 inches.
  • King-size pillows are comfortable for pets to lay on. Make custom pillowcases for your dog or cat.
  • Most king-size cases have a 3-inch to 4-inch wide hem.
  • Store your sheet sets inside a king-size pillowcase. Place both sheets and the second pillowcase together into the remaining pillowcase. This keeps the pieces of the set neatly together. This also keeps the linen closet looking organized and clean.

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