If you have an old sheet lying around, then you can whip these up in no time. And, for the best results, I recommend using the oldest, softest sheet you can find. (So it might not be the prettiest pillow case you’ve ever seen, but it will be the most comfortable!) Old sheets make the. best. pillowcases. ever. My 3 year old calls them “cold pillows,” I guess because the fabric is so cool and soft to the touch. In fact, he’ll wake up in the middle of the night screaming for his cold pillow if it’s fallen on the floor and he can’t find it. 🙂
First, measure an old pillow case to figure out how much fabric you need. My pillow case was 18 inches wide and 31.5 inches long. So I needed my fabric to measure 37 inches by 32.5. (18 + 18 = 36 and + 1 for seam allowances = 37 inches.) (31.5 + 1 for seam allowances)
Keep the hem! This is the top of my sheet, which is what makes these pillow cases to easy and quick to make.
Since this is a huge old sheet, I wasn’t worried about wasting fabric, so I just used my scissors to cut out a rectangle the approximate size of my pillow case b/c smaller pieces of fabric are much easier to work with, imo.
Using your rotary cutter, go ahead and cut your edges to the exact measurements that you need. (Or, if your like me, to “about” the exact measurements that you’ll need!)
Then pin, with wrong sides together. Most of the time you’ll pin right sides together, but not now. Just fold the fabric over to where it looks like a pillow case, all sides lined up and touching, and pin around the top and side. You’ll leave the top open so you can slide your pillow in.
Using a 1/4 seam allowance, sew around the side and bottom.
Iron your seam.
Turn your pillow case inside out.
Now that you have your seam ironed down and your pillow case turned inside out, sew around your seam, this time using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. This is actually called a french seam. When you sew around your seam you’re enclosing the raw edges in fabric, so you won’t have any strings or unraveling! Fancy, right? 🙂
Remember, you’re now sewing on the inside of the pillow case and your seam is on the outside of the case. You can’t actually see the seam, but you can feel it if you run your finger over it.
This is what your french seam looks like, the view from the “inside” of the pillowcase.
Now turn your pillow case right side out and pop a pillow in there! You are done! I’ve found making pillowcases instead of buying them to be one very easy way to save money and if you can use an old sheet, they’re so much better than new ones, at least in my opinion.
I’m going to come back later and show you how to make a pillowcase out of your sheet that doesn’t use the hem that’s already there. They aren’t quite as fast, but they are easy to make, they just require a couple extra steps that this pillow case doesn’t.