Sunday, July 27, 2008

novelty pillowcase tutorial

This quick and easy pillowcase makes kids want to go to bed at night! Cotton or flannel fabrics work well. You will need three coordinating fabrics. One for the body of the pillowcase, one for the cuff, and one for the trim that separates them. Whether you buy licensed designs like Cars® or Disney® Princesses, or just a fun fabric to match your child's room, these are sure to be a hit. (My boys are constantly fighting over the Scooby Doo® pillowcase in our house!)

Novelty Pillowcase Tutorial
What you'll need:
1/3 cut of fabric for the pillowcase cuff
1/8 cut of contrasting fabric for the trim
¾ cut of fabric for the main pillowcase body

Okay, let’s get started:

1. First, cut the cuff fabric to measure 11 inches by 42 inches.

2. Cut the trim fabric to measure 2 inches by 42 inches.

3. Cut the main body fabric to measure 27 by 42 inches.

4. Fold the trim fabric in half with the wrong sides together and iron flat.

5. Lay the cuff fabric on the table facing up.

6. Place the trim fabric on the cuff fabric by lining up the raw (cut) edges of the trim with the top edge of the cuff fabric.

7. Place the main body fabric face down and line the top edge with the top edge of the cuff and trim.

8. Take the bottom of the main body fabric and slowly roll it up until it is in the middle of the cuff fabric.

9. Take the bottom of the cuff fabric up and around both the body and trim fabric and line the bottom edge with the top edge of the fabric and pin into place. This will form a fabric tube.

10. Sew or serge along the pinned edge.

11. Slowly pull out the rolled main body fabric and turn the cuff right side out.

12. Iron flat.

13. Fold the large piece of fabric in half and sew the two raw edged sides together.

14. Turn inside out.

You're done! Sweet dreams!

After you make a few for yourself, post them on our Flickr group so we can see your creations!

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17 Responses to “novelty pillowcase tutorial”

Laura-IH said...

Wow! Thanks so much for posting this! You are my hero! Seriously! I tried it last night, and it was so easy! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Jules said...

I have wanted to make one forever and just couldn't figure it out. I can't believe how easy it was, yet looks so tricky with the sneaky seams. Thanks for doing the hard work for me.

Joan Princing Art said...

Thank you for this great tutorial. I have been wanting to make these for a while now! (I found your blog/tutorial today through
Have a nice day!

Alyssa said...

Wonderful. I just finished using your tutorial and it came out amazing. Thank you so much!

Anastasia said...

Thank you so much! Just made one and it's beautiful! Used 3/4 inch binding in place of trip, and it came out nice - gives it a very defined edge. Thank you so much for sharing, it's a brilliant tutorial!

Sara said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I linked to it from my blog.

Mandi said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I just used it and made my daughter a beautiful last minute easter gift :) You are awesome! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

greetingarts said...

Okay... genius. But do you think this would work with French seams? I'm going to have to play around with it. Thanks so much!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the instructions! Just made an awesome looking pillowcase--in about 30 minutes!!

ezeldabeth said...

This is great thanks for sharing! What are your seam allowances? Can I use a french seam for this (for the body seams)?

Sarah said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I used it to make a few Christmas presents this year. It was incredibly simple. The only change I made was the addition of french seams on the sides. I don't own a serger and don't like to leave the raw edges inside. Thanks!

Jessa said...

This is a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! I made 4 of these so far for Christmas gifts and the kids all love them. My MIL saw them and is planning to make some for herself also :) I'm starting another right now but wanted to stop and say thanks!

carrie said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!! I've made a bunch of these, they've all turned out well! I used a french seam on the body of the pillow case so that all the raw edges are encased.

Jamie said...

Thanks for the easy tutorial. Made some cute Valentine ones today!

Cap Creations said...

Hi girls! Thanks again for posting over at Cap Creations. I invite you to come check out the cases I made. I loved making these so easy even for a rookie like me. Here's the link

Unknown said...

awesome tutorial. easy to figure out. Made me one and it turned out great!

Kaitlyn said...

I have to say I had my doubts with that whole flipping thing but they turned out perfect and were really easy. Thanks!

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