How to Make a Pillow Case

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Sewing is an easy craft to learn and comes in handy for many things. A pillowcase is an easy project for beginners and makes a simple and practical gift for a loved one. Children especially appreciate pillowcases that have their interests or hobbies as the subject.

A pillowcase makes a nice gift.
(Debbie Williams)

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4 yard of main fabric, 45 inches wide
  • 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric, 45 inches wide
  • 1 inch of accent fabric, 45 inches wide
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Seam gauge
Step 1

Choose fabrics in favorite colors, patterns or themes with the recipient in mind. Pick a main color or pattern and a coordinating one. Find an accent color from one of these fabrics, perhaps a scrap of something you already have.

Here are the things you'll need to make your own pillowcase.
Debbie Williams
Step 2

Wash and press fabric before construction. Trim selvages from each edge. Fold main fabric in half with right sides together and sew with a 3/8-inch seam across the end and down the side, forming a tube. Turn and press.

Sew seams.
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Step 3

Cut a 1 inch wide strip of the accent color. Make sure it is the same width as the main fabric. Sew ends together with a 3/8-inch seam. Fold in half with the right side out and press. Pin this accent strip with right sides together to the main fabric.

Pin accent strip.
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Step 4

Sew this accent strip to the main fabric tube with a 1/4-inch seam.

Sew accent strip.
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Step 5

Trim the selvage edges from the coordinating fabric and cut width to match the main fabric, which should be the same 45 inches. Square the edge and sew into a circle with a 3/8-inch seam. Pin right side of fabric inside of the tube with edges matching accent strip. Sew with a 1/4-inch seam.

Pin edge band
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Step 6

Fold up 3-inch hem and press in place. Use the seam gauge to be sure your hem is straight.

Fold up hem.
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Step 7

Fold pressed edge up to stitching line of accent strip and pin in place. Press this hem being sure to avoid puckers.

Fold and press
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Step 8

Topstitch close to the edge. Press the finished pillowcase.

Make sure to topstitch close to the edge.
Debbie Williams

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Tips & Warnings

  • Although fabric is often sold as 45 inches wide, it may vary slightly. It is important to check that all fabric widths are the same with the selvages removed.
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