PILLOWCASE SEWING TUTORIAL – two (simple!) ways
The humble pillowcase – a hardworking daily essential and undoubtedly one of the best and most useful handmade items to gift yourself or someone you love. We’ve long wanted to put together a simple sewing tutorial on how to make one and that day is finally here! In this blog post, we’re sharing two popular and simple pillowcase styles – the Standard Fold Pocket and Envelope Closure Pocket.
As with every sewing project, fabric choice is very important. Choose something smooth, soft, cool and comfortable. Silk satin is the most luxurious option and has become hugely pillow popular for its properties in reducing friction on both skin and hair. We also love light-to-medium weight washed linens such as our Linford, Bedford and Newford collections. If you love the fresh look of stripes, try our Eze or Tinos linens, and if checks are more your thing, our Abby range of gingham linens is perfect. And, of course, there’s always (and forever) Liberty tana lawn.
Let’s make some pillows!
Cut fabric lengthwise into two rectangles measuring 50cm (19 1/2″) x 170cm (67″)
Staystitch 3/8″ in from short ends of each rectangle.
Turn 3/8″ towards the wrong side at staystitching line. Press.
Turn again 3/8″ and pin in place along folded edge.
Edgestitch at folded edge. Backstitch at beginning and end.
With right side of fabric facing you, fold back one neatened end so that right sides are together, and the neatened end measures 57cm (22 3/8″) from the fold. Pin in place along sides.
Sew 1/2″ seam allowance. Backstitch at beginning and end.
Fold back the opposite neatened end, overlapping the previous turnback. Note: The overlap measures 36cm (14 3/8″). Pin in place along sides.
Sew 1/2″ seam allowance, to meet seam allowance sewn in previous step. Backstitch at beginning and end.
Overlock side seams.
Turn pillowcase out to right side. Press.
That’s it! The finished pillow case measures 73cm (28 3/4″) x 47.5cm (18 3/4″).
Fabric leftovers can be used to make a drawstring bag to store your pillowcases, hair scrunchies or eye masks. Sweet dreams!