How to Sew a Sausage Pillowcase


You may have made pillowcases before, but until you’ve made a sausage pillowcase, you probably have no idea how much fun the process can be. So named because you roll the fabric like a sausage before you sew it, sausage pillowcases are made with a contrasting “cuff” so be sure to choose two contrasting fabrics for the main pieces. Make one sausage pillowcase and you’ll want to make a dozen – all in your favorite prints for home or as special gifts.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of fabric: 27-by-45 inches and a contrasting 9-by-45-inch-piece
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Lay the cuff piece face up on a flat surface. Place the main piece on top, with the right side facing you. The right side of the cuff should face the wrong side of the main piece. Pin the long edges together.

  • Roll up the main piece of fabric, like a sausage. Stop rolling when about 3 inches of the cuff piece becomes visible.

  • Take the bottom edge of the cuff piece and fold it up to the pinned edge. Pin all of the raw edges together, making sure all of the edges meet.

  • Stitch along the long pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam. At this point, the project will again resemble a sausage, and you will sew the seam so that it will be invisible when you’re done.

  • Turn the sausage roll inside out, being careful not to rip the fabric.

  • Lay the piece flat and turn the right sides together. Pin and sew the side and bottom seams using a 1/4-inch seam.

  • Turn the pillowcase right-side out and admire your clever new sausage pillowcase.

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