How to Make a Queen Size Pillow Case

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Make a pillowcase on the sewing machine.
Make a pillowcase on the sewing machine. (Image: seamstress image by Denis from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Sewing is a rewarding craft, and flat sewing is the easiest to learn. Making a queen-size pillowcase is an easy flat sewing project, and once it is made, you can decorate the open end with embroidery or a fancy stitch with the sewing machine. Practice your sewing skills and have some fun making a queen-size pillowcase or maybe even two if you want to use them on a bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Yardstick
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board

Purchase 1 1/4 yards of 44-inch fabric for each queen-size pillowcase you want to make. Two pillowcases will require 2 1/2 yards of fabric. This pillowcase is made of one kind of fabric and is one-piece construction.

Wash and dry the fabric to remove filler and to pre-shrink the fabric. Press with an iron. Fold fabric lengthwise.

Cut one 40-inch length for one pillowcase and use the width of the fabric. The 44-inch fabric should be the correct width measurement for a queen-sized pillow 20 by 30 inches.

Trim the selvage edge with scissors, removing as little fabric as possible. The selvage edge shrinks more than the surrounding fabric and will cause puckering if not removed.

Fold the fabric lengthwise again, with the wrong sides together. Stitch around the length and one end with 1/4-inch seam allowance. You will be stitching on the right side of the fabric.

Turn the pillowcase to the wrong side and trim the seam in any areas that are uneven or more than 1/4-inch. Press the seams carefully, as you will be sewing along this edge again.

Stitch the closed end and lengthwise seam again, enclosing the 1/4-inch seam in the new 3/8-inch seam. This makes a French seam that has no raw edges showing. Turn the pillowcase to the right side and press a fold 1/4 inch at the top (open end) with wrong sides together. Stitch around the open end of the pillowcase within the 1/4-inch fold. Fold 4 inches for a hem at the open end and press wrong sides together. Pin in place and stitch just outside or inside the 1/4-inch seam at the open end, now 4 inches from the edge of the open end of the pillowcase.

Decorate the open end of the pillowcase with a sewing machine design along the seam edge at the depth of about 4 inches, or add a flat braid or lace if you prefer. You may also choose hand embroidery for decorating your new queen-size pillowcase.

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