Learn how to make pillowcases in this photo tutorial designed for beginning sewers. Make beautiful pillow covers for throw pillows.
Shall we talk about cleaning up and fixing some dirty pillows? Get your mind out of the gutter; I mean actual pillows! Today I am teaching you how to make pillowcases for throw pillows. Like this old sorry couch pillow:
My dilemma was that I didn’t want to shell out money for new pillows when these were just fine. And I knew if I washed them, the batting inside would just ball up and look gross. Ball up and dirty pillows? I’m classy like that. Also, I wasn’t seeing anything in the stores that tickled my fancy.
I found a very simple pattern on Sparkle Power. And when I say simple, I mean “so simple that Sarah can make this”. Do I need to bring up the fact that I spent 15 minutes trying to troubleshoot why my sister’s sewing machine wasn’t working, only to realize that I hadn’t turned it on? So, yeah, they’re that simple.
Saying I am good at sewing is like Bill Murray strapping himself to the main sail and calling himself a sailor.
How to Make Pillowcases
1) Measure your pillows. Cut your piece of fabric for the front of your pillow to the measurements, but add 1/2 inch allowance on each side. So, if your pillow is 18×18 (like mine), the fabric should be 18.5 x 18.5.
Then cut two pieces of fabric for the back of your pillow. The length will be the same (for example: 18.5 inches) but divide the height by 2 (while rounding for whole numbers), and then add 2 inches. Clear as mud? See below.
If the height is 18.5 inches, half (while rounding for whole numbers) would be 9 inches. Then add 2 inches. So, you’ll have two pieces of fabric for the back of your pillow that are 18.5 inches by 11 inches. Got it?
2) Pin the pieces of fabric for the back on your pillow on the “long” side of the fabric with a 1/2 inch for a hem. Sew a basic seam where you pinned. Do this to both pieces of fabric for the back of your pillow.
3) Put the piece of fabric for the front of the pillow, right side up. The pretty side will be facing you. Then, place one of the pieces for the back of the pillow, facedown on the front fabric. The right sides should be facing each other. Pin along the edges without the hem.
Then pin the other piece of the back fabric, and overlap the other back piece you just pinned.
4) Sew the front and the back together with a 1/4 inch seam around the outside.
5) When you’ve sewn all four sides together, cut the corners at an angle.
6) Turn your pillow cover inside out.
7) Slip your old pillow into the cover. Easy peasy! You’ve now totally mastered learning how to make pillowcases