A pillowcase pattern is amazingly simple to sew and is a great beginner project. French seam pillowcases can brighten up a bedroom and bring a smile to someone when you give it to them as a gift. Ready to get started? You’ll be surprised how quickly you can sew a simple pillow with a french seam. Be prepared – you’ll want to make lots!
Pillows can vary slightly in size according to your country and the pillow manufacturer but this pillowcase pattern will fit most pillows with a little room to spare.
These are some of the more common pillow insert sizes. Just grab a pillow case out of the cupboard and make your preferred size.
What you will need:
FABRIC – purchase soft pure cotton fabric (cotton fabric will breathe if you get hot at night) that is at least 44 inches (112cm) wide.
- Standard – 1 yard (0.95m)
- Queen – 1 1/8 yard (1.05m)
- King – 1 3/8 yard (1.2m)
Start by cutting out one piece of fabric in the following sizes.
Press over the 43 inch (109cm) side by 1/2 inch (12mm), then 4 inches (10cm) again to form a wide hem. Stitch along the folded hem.
If you want to add a lace or trim, stitch it along the outside of the wide hem you just created. Just make sure any trims you use are not scratchy. You don’t want anything to come between you and a good night’s sleep.
Fold your pillowcase in half with the WRONG sides together matching the raw edges.
Stitch around the bottom and side with a 1/4 inch (6mm) seam allowance. Trim the seam to 1/8 inch and clip the bottom corner.
Turn the pillowcase the WRONG way out and give it a good press.
Stitch around the bottom and side again 1/4 inch (6mm) from the edge. This will create a professional French seam that will give your pillowcase the durability to last through lots of washes.
Turn your pillowcase the RIGHT way out and give it a final press and you are all done!
How long did that take you? Mine took around 10 minutes after I had cut it out.– Ready to make more?
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