Following on from my recent Pillowcases for Oncology Kids post, I thought I'd do a round up of free pillowcases tutorials I've found online. Pillowcases are super easy to sew - great for someone new to sewing - but it helps to have measurements and a quick how to.
Pillows vary in size from country to country. Even in the same country, the dimensions of pillows can differ. This is not a problem, though. Getting a pillowcase to fit is not an exact science. This is a case where, close enough is good enough. There's lots of room for leeway!!!
My suggestion would be to measure an existing pillow or pillowcase. Chances are, once you look closely at a pillowcase, you won't need a tutorial. They really are that simple.
I've grouped the tutorials according to countries. Compare your measurements with those in the tutorial, to make sure they are similar. There are variations in sizes between the tutorials from the same country.
Case in point... I once paid a small amount for an Australian pillowcase pattern, in support of charity. The pillowcase was too large to use and I had to make modifications to make it fit. Lesson learned... don't assume the tutorial or pattern uses the same measurements as your pillow.
Pillowcase tutorials on Australian sites...
- How to Sew a Pillowcase - A Spoonful of Sugar
- Fat Quarter Pillowcases - Nanny Craft 4U
- Learn to Sew Pillowcase Tutorial - Flower Press
- Standard Pillowcase - Nanny Craft 4U
- Pillowcase Patterns - Spotlight
- Embellishing a Pillowcase with Hexagons - A Spoonful of Sugar
- Make a Pretty Pillowcase - Molly and Mama
Pillowcase tutorials on U.K. sites...
Pillowcase tutorials on U.S. & Canadian sites... as far as I can tell these are all U.S. or Canadian sites. Some were a little hard to gauge.
- Banish Percale Forever - Stop Staring and Start Sewing
- Easy Pillowcase Tutorial - Sew Mama Sew
- One Million Pillowcase Challenge - American Patchwork & Quilting
- A Five Minute Pillowcase How To - Simple Simon & Co
- Ten Minute Pillowcase - Little Bit Funky
- Chevron Flag Pillow Cover - Stubbornly Crafty
- Posh Pillowcases - You Go Girl
- Quick Pillowcase Tutorial - 44th Street Fabric
- ConKerr Cancer Pillowcases - MADE
- Various Pillowcase Tutorials - One Million Pillowcases
- Ruffled Pillowcase Tutorial - Piece N Quilt
- Pretty Quick Pillowcase Tutorial - Film in the Fridge
- Easy Pillowcase with Contrasting Hem - Lazy Girl Designs
- Envelope Closure Pillowcase - Make It & Love It
- Ten Minute Pillowcase Tutorial - Little Bit Funky
- Sewing a Pillowcase - Education Possible
- Reversible Pillowcase Tutorial - Tidbits
- DIY Perfect Pillowcase - Living with Punks
Most of the pillowcases listed above have plain seams exposed on the inside of the pillowcase. This is not a problem at all, as the seams will be neatened by zig zagging or overlocking (serging). I sew my pillowcases this way and have never had a problem, even after countless washes.
For those who would prefer a tidier inside, I've listed a few more tutorials. These pillowcases go by various names - magic pillowcase, burrito style pillowcase, sausage pillowcase to name a few. I have never made one, but my understanding is that the seam where the cuff joins the pillowcase is hidden, and the rest of the seams are French seams. Despite some descriptions, the French seams are exposed; it's just that they are a very neat finish - no stray threads - and they make for a very strong seam. The French seams are used on the sides, and across the bottom if there is a seam.
I really must try making a pillowcase this way and compare the two - both how long it takes and personal preference.
Magic pillowcase tutorials on U.S. and Canadian sites...
- Sausage Pillowcase - Passion et Couture
- Magic Pillowcase Tutorial - Organize and Decorate Everything
- Magic Pillowcase Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat
- 15 Minute Pillowcase with French Seams - The Cottage Mama
- How to Make a Pillowcase ~ Burrito Style - The Seasoned Homemaker
- Magic Pillowcase Tutorial - Lovely Little Handmades
- Magical Pillowcase Tutorial - The Twiddletails Blog
- Pillowcase Tutorial - Notes from the Patch
- No Exposed Seams Tutorial - Mama Spark's World
- French Seam Pillowcase - Smashed Peas and Carrots
- 15 Minute Pillowcase: Learn the Burrito Method - Craftsy
- Pillowcase Pattern - Run 'n Stitch
I couldn't find magic pillowcase tutorials from anywhere else, but the tutorials above can be easily modified to make any size you want.
Once you've made a few pillowcases, you'll realise just how easy it is to jazz up a plain pillowcase with embellishments or colour blocking.
On the pillowcase below, the red, contrasting piping breaks up the two blue fabrics.
Do you have a favourite tutorial? Tell me your thoughts on magic pillowcases versus traditional pillowcases.