How Do You Make a Pillowcase?

By Karen Ellis ; Updated September 15, 2017
How Do You Make a Pillowcase?

Fabric and Supplies

Purchase fabric and supplies. For a standard-size pillow, buy 1 yard of cotton fabric. Buy 2 yards for a pair of pillowcases. Choose a plain color, even white, for pillowcases that will have embroidery on them or trims and lace. If it is a gift, consider the person. Perhaps a wild geometric or floral print is in order. Make sure the fabric is soft to the touch, such as a cotton or cotton blend. Purchase matching thread.

Shrinking

Wash and dry the fabric in a medium heat to allow for shrinkage, before you begin your project.

Cutting

Cut the fabric. Standard pillowcases measure 20 inches wide and 26 inches long. With the fabric folded in half, measure 21 inches wide and 30¼ inches long. This will allow for seam allowance and hemming. Mark the fabric with a ruler and cut. This will yield two rectangles.

Sewing

Turn the fabric so the right sides are facing. Pin both sides and the bottom of the pillowcase with straight pins. Sew over the pins, backstitching at the top of both side seams.

Hemming

Fold under ¼ inch at the top of the pillowcase and press with an iron. Fold under another 4 inches and press. Pin the hem in place with straight pins. Sew a straight stitch, slightly wider than normal, over the pins at the inside edge. Turn the pillowcase right-side out.

Decorating

Adorn your pillowcase with trim, lace or embroidery, as desired. Embroidering initials onto pillowcases make a nice gift.

About the Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.