Monday, July 28, 2014

Tutorial on how to make pillow cases.....

For those 3 dozen ladies who are wanting to see how Quilted Works made these pillow cases for us back in 2012....here you go..Not sure why all the photos disappeared...they could have changed the tut or did not have enough room in their account....

HOWEVER, here you go ladies.... hope this is what you were seeking...

( by the way I , Madame Samm did not do this tut, Quilted Works Ladies did and allowed us to share it with YOU, so please thank them in your travels)

We love having pillowcases to match our quilts! Here is a fun and easy tutorial that teaches you how to easily make a pretty pillowcase with an encased seam and french seams for the finished edges.
Select 3 coordinating fabrics.
  • 3/4 yard Main fabric
  • 1/8 yard narrow Trim fabric
  • 1/3 yard Hem fabric
Cut Main Fabric 25" x 40 ½"

Cut Trim Fabric 2 ½” x 40 ½”

Iron Trim piece in half with right sides out and raw edges together.

Cut Hem Fabric 12” x 40 ½”

Lay the Hem fabric with right side up, lay Trim fabric piece on top of Hem fabric.

Lay right side of Main fabric DOWN on top of Trim fabric.

Roll bottom of main fabric up until the bottom of the Hem fabric can be seen.
Fold the Hem fabric OVER the top of all layers. Pin everything in place.

Sew them all together with 1/4” seam.

Pull the pillowcase out from inside of the Hem fabric.

Press the fabrics flat.

Trim fabrics to make sure all edges are lined up and that they measure 40 ½” wide.

With right sides out, pin the seam to make sure the trim piece will be lined up.

Sew a seam slightly less than 1/4" seam along the sides and bottom.

Turn the pillow case wrong sides out.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the sides and bottom, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.

Now you have just created a very nice “French Seam.” The seam on the outside of your pillowcase looks just like a normal, finished seam, but its raw edges (underneath) have been encased in fabric for a finished look and to help protect them from fraying.

Turn pillow case right side out and ENJOY!
Look how darling it looks with a matching quilt!


  1. Great tutorial...I just love making French seams; leaves everything so very tidy!

  2. I love making a pillow case for every quilt especially the ones for my grandson. This is also a great way to store the quilt fold and put inside the pillow case, saves room in the closet. This is the way I make mine, great tut by the way. Thank you.
    Robin in Washington State

  3. Great tutorial and of course, I love Quilted Works!

  4. I purchased travel pillows for son's two little ones. Well of course they needed pillowcases and then I soon got carried away, lol! One for every day of the week and a few extras for holidays. Sew much fun to sew and those french seams really hold up!

  5. Wonderful tutorial!! Thank you so much for posting it here.


  6. This tutorial was done at a quilt guild retreat I attended several years ago and everyone loved it Samm. I reverted to my "old" way of making them after I got home but I'm glad to see this reminder because it was such fun to do. I'm going to pin this so I don't lose it! blessings, marlene

  7. Great tutorial! I taught my 8-year old granddaughter how to make a pillow case with it...she promptly gifted it to her sister who is going to be eleven for her birthday. Hugs!

  8. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I will definitely give it a try!

    1. I am sure the ladies at Quilted Works will be thrilled...you are a no reply blogger as you are google plus...maybe next time leave an email so I can reply...toodles..

  9. This is the technique we use to teach our 4-H kids at summer sewing camp. It teaches all the basics, pressing, cutting, pinning, gets them comfortable with the sewing machine and stitching a straight seam. Then they have a super-cute project they'll use every day! It's all part of the plan to get the kids hooked on sewing!

  10. I have taught how to sew this pillow case no fewer than 3 times in our church group. Always someone missed it and I have to teach it again. It is so easy and makes such nice gifts. I love your road trips. Our summer in Utah is HOT!!!!!! We did get some long await'ed rain today and cooler temps.

  11. Making pillowcases using this method was one of the first sewing projects I did with my granddaughter when she was 5! Its a great little project!

  12. Wow this is very helpful! Thanks for sharing this…will have to give it a go!

  13. Great tutorial. I've only made one pillow case and want to make more.
    I plan on using this tutorial when I do.


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