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How to sew a pillow case

Here’s how you can create a pillowcase with optional embroidery! This is a super fun project and makes amazing gifts!

This is a great first project for beginners which is why it is in my learning to sew article series! 

What you will need:

  • Fleece, flannel or cotton, 44” x 36” (or 40” x 36”)
  • Iron and ironing board 
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors)
  • Seam gauge or measuring tape  
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine thread and needle
  • Optional: Embroidery thread, needle and tear-away stabilizer
  • Optional: Lego Baby Yoda embroidery design from Lizzsews Etsy shop
  • Optional: embroidery machine

The steps:

Iron fabric and cut it to 44” x 36” 

Mine ended up being a little bit less, with 40” x 36”

On the top of the fabric, the side that is 44” wide (or 40”), fold over about a 1/4 or 1/2 inch on the top and iron. You can just eye ball this fold, but if it makes you feel better you can use a seam gauge or measuring tape. 

Fold over again but this time about 4” (I did 3”) and iron. Use a seam gauge or measuring tape for this one. 

Undo this fold, it’s just preparation for the cuff/hem! (But keep the 1/4”/1/2” folded)

Optional: embroider the fabric, hoop wherever you would like your design and embroider it out! Tip: use this article to create a rectangle appliqué with Lego Baby Yoda. 

Fold the fabric in half right sides together and sew the bottom as well as the side, but not the top. 

Fold the side that is 44” (or, in my case, 40”). 

Sew with a 1/4” or 1/2” seam allowance. Make sure to backstitch!

When you get to the corner, pivot before you get to the edge, to keep the seam allowance the same as you sew. At the top of the pillowcase, sew over the 1/4” fold that you ironed before. Leave the top open (do not sew the top!) and make sure that you are sewing right sides together. 

Flip inside out and flip in the fold we made before, this should be easy because we ironed the creases! Optional: pin the fold down to keep it secure. 

Sew along the edge on the inside with a short seam allowance. When you get to the seam that you sewed before, press open the seam with your finger just for the part that you are sewing over (look at picture, I didn’t know how to explain it lol)

You’re done! Enjoy your new pillowcase! If this was your first sewing project, congratulations! You did it!


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