Pillowcase Tutorial

Written by Sharla Johnson


Posted on January 26 2016

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.

Download the free PDF instructions HERE

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!