Instructions for Making a Pillowcase

Before starting, please check out the Missouri Star Pillowcase Tutorial

Requirements

  • 27” full width of fabric for body
  • 9” full width of fabric for cuff
  • 2“ full width of fabric for accent strip

Directions

Step 1: Layer the fabrics

Layer the fabrics in front of you as follows:

  • Place the 9″ coordinating fabric right-side up.
  • On top of that, place the 27″ main fabric right-side up, aligning the top raw edges.
  • On the very top, place the folded accent strip, so that the raw edges are aligned with the top raw edges of the other pieces.

Step 2: Roll  up the fabrics

Starting at the bottom and working your way up, begin to roll the 27″ main fabric panel into a little tube or “burrito.” Stop rolling when you get to about the center of the 9″ coordinating fabric.  The coordinating fabric should be on the bottom, right-side up. The main fabric will be on top of that, right-side up. The folded accent strip will be on top of that, raw edges aligned with other raw edges.

Step 3: Fold up the bottom fabric

Starting at the bottom and working your way up, begin to roll the 27″ main fabric panel into a little tube or “burrito.” Stop rolling when you get about to the center of the 9″ coordinating fabric.

Step 4: Sew along the raw edges

Sew with a 1/4″ seam along the raw edges, or use a serger.

Step 5: Unroll the burrito and press

Tug at the fabric inside the burrito until it comes out of the tube. Press flat, paying close attention to coordinating fabric and accent strip.

Step 6: Trim to size

Trim off the selvages and get your pillowcase to the right size.  First, trim the pillowcase so it is 28″ from the accent strip to the opposite end. Then, remove the selvages so the pillowcase is only 40″ wide. 

Finishing with a serger

If you are using a serger, fold the pillowcase in half, and serge the raw edges on the top and right sides only. Turn right side out and press. You’re done!

Finishing with a regular sewing machine

Sew a French seam on the top and right sides, so you have a nice finished edge.

  • First, fold the pillowcase in half with wrong sides together.
  • Next, stitch a 1/4″ seam on the two sides with raw edges only.
  • Turn the pillowcase wrong-side out and press, poking out the corners.
  • Sew a 3/8″ seam (or a 1/2″ if you prefer) on the same two sides you sewed earlier. This will trap the raw edges inside and make a nice, clean finished edge.