Making a Pillowcase

December 22, 2010

Homemade pillowcasesThis year, I am giving each of my grand-nieces and nephews (ten of them at last count!) a personalized pillowcase made of Christmas-print cotton fabric. My daughter is putting the names on the opening edge, so everyone will know whose is whose.


Each family has only 3 kids, so I bought yardage of three different Christmas prints. The pillowcases make it even easier when everyone gets home from the larger family Christmas craziness. I did these for my own kids several years ago and they still pull them off their pillows to use on Christmas morning!

I made the pillowcases a little big, using one yard of fabric for each case, turned the top under twice for a regular depth hem, and the normal 5/8 inch seam allowance on the side and bottom. I did double-stitch the bottom, just for reinforcements. Total sewing time, maybe ten minutes; Name printing time, probably closer to ten minutes each, using sharpie-type permanent markers.

Source: My aunt made all of us cousins cross-stitched pillow cases one Christmas, back in the day. I still have one of mine! Those were "normal pillowcases". The Christmas ones came out of my own frustration with multi-parted Christmas gifts that got all mixed up!


By Eileen M. from Elk Grove, CA

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January 22, 2010

I can't bear to pay what stores charge for pillowcases, even on sale, so I make my own. With trial and error, I've learned that you can make 6 standard size pillow cases from one full-sized flat sheet with virtually no waste.


December 31, 2011

As we outgrew our favorite skirts or long dress, my mom used to cut a pillow case out of it. That way, we kept our favorite skirts longer, and it saved on pillow cases.


If you have long skirts, use them for king or queen size pillow cases.


December 31, 2010

Personalized pillow cases cost next to nothing to make, and will be treasured by your receiver for years to come! This gift is appropriate gift for all ages, male or female. They are also easy-peasy to make.

Photo of personalized homemade pillowcases.


February 20, 2014

After many washings a fitted sheet had seen its better days, but only in some spots. Not wanting to throw away a half way good sheet, I decided to make pillow cases from the good side.


November 4, 2004

Here's a good gift idea for almost anyone on your Christmas list: a pillowcase. For one standard size pillow case, purchase one yard of cotton fabric.


I buy remnants usually for just a dollar or two a yard.


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June 14, 2011

If you browse thrift stores as frequently as I do, you will find some very nice sheets. I am always searching for nice tricot or satin sheets to make pillow cases out of.


November 21, 2016

I covered an old pillow with this fabric remnant from Walmart. I wrapped the pillow in the fabric, sewed three sides and then tucked in the open end and secured with three double tied bows.


The remnant only cost me 75¢. Now during the dark winter days I have a pretty and bright pillow.

remnant covered pillow

December 22, 2010

I am always trying to find inexpensive Christmas gifts I can make for everyone in my family. This year, I made pillowcases. I bought a yard of soft flannel for each case, with patterns on it that reflect what each member of the family likes.

Homemade pillowcases with colorful designs.



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April 21, 2009

I am looking for pillowcase patterns.


April 21, 20090 found this helpful

There are several links for different pillowcases here:

April 23, 20090 found this helpful

If you are making plain pillowcases, start with 1 1/2 yard of fabric, fold in half, sew 2 sides together and hem bottom. Can decorate with lace, ribbon, applique or whatever.

April 27, 20090 found this helpful

Try there's one just been posted this's a tutorial I think. They have new stuff all the time.


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April 27, 20090 found this helpful

Remove the seams from an old pillowcase and use that for a pattern.

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January 24, 2010

I would like to make my own pillowcases. Is there someone who would share the cut out dimensions with me? Also, does anyone have the dimensions for making a twin bed sheet?

By diane engles from Costa Rica


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January 24, 20100 found this helpful

My Mother always just measured the width and length of the pillow and added a little more for the width, plus some for the seam allowance and hem.

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