Making pillowcases are fun, fast, and very easy to do. It’s a great project for beginners and kids!

Craft Hope is teaming up with ConKerr Caner this month to make pillowcases for terminally ill children. ConKerr has succeeded in delivering 225,000 bright and cheery pillowcases up to this date. But they can still use many many more.

So, get together with your friends, craft group, as a family, or by yourself and let’s make pillowcases! This very easy tutorial will walk you through the steps.

Here’s the breakdown of fabric measurements and needs. Click on the image to enlarge:
Pillowcases are a great way to clean out your fabric stash. But don’t fret if you have scraps of fabric that are a bit too short for the pattern. You can improvise and adjust the border or pillowcase pieces to fit the amount of fabric scraps you have, as long as the finished measurements are those of a standard-sized pillowcase (appx 20×31 inches). Okay, let’s get started!

1. Grab two interesting fabrics. Pre-wash, dry, and iron them.
2. Fold both fabrics in half so that it’s easier to cut rectangles.

For the Pillowcase piece: Cut a FOLDED rectangle that’s 20.5 by 26 inches, which means you have two layers of 20.5 by 26 and a fold down one side (this will end up being 41 x 26, as listed in the pattern above when you unfold it)
For the Border piece: Cut a FOLDED rectangle that’s 20.5 x 11 inches, which means you have two layers of 20.5 by 11 and a fold down one side (this will end up being 41 x 11, as listed in the the pattern above when you unfold it)
3. Fold the Border piece in half, lengthwise, and iron down the fold. You now have a long strip that’s 41x 5.5 inches.
4. Match up the raw edges of your Border strip with the right side of the Pillowcase piece, and pin the two pieces together:
5. Sew the Border Piece to the Pillowcase, using a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch seam allowance:
6. If you have a serger, serge off the seams. If you don’t have a serger, zigzag the edges or leave them raw (serging and zigzagging strengthens your seams and keeps the fabric from fraying over time).
7. Iron the seam. Always iron out your seams. Your work will look more professional and less homemade.
8. Add a top stitch, about 1/8 inch over from your seam edge. This is optional but it adds extra strength to the seam and a decorative look.
9. With right sides of the fabric together, match up the sides and bottom of the pillowcase and pin them together:
10. Sew all the way down the Pillowcase side:
When you get to the end corner, keep your needle in place, lift your presser foot, and rotate your fabric to sew all the way across the bottom:
12. Serge off your seam, zigzag, or leave the edges raw:
12. Turn the pillowcase inside out, making sure to push the corners out all the way:
13. Iron the seams flat:
You’re done! One easy pillowcase; one fun looking pillow.
And now that you’ve made one, hmmm…..make 9 more!
Be as colorful as you’d like.
And when you’ve got a stack ready, contact the Conkerr Cancer rep in your area. You’ll can find a directory HERE.

  1. 1) Lynnae

    Guess what I found on Pinterest – here is a beautiful illustrated copy of the instructions for you. I will try to follow it and make some. Love you, Ellie

  2. hank you so much for this. My 8 year old took a sewing class and learned how to make pillow cases. We borrowed a sewing machine from a friend so she could make one as a birthday gift for someone and then couldn’t remember how to do it. I don’t sew, never have, so was at a total loss in how to help her. This tutorial saved the day.

  3. 3) Jayla Pace

    This tutorial was great. I made a pillowcase in less than an hour. I love it. Fit my pillow perfectly. Thanks. Now, I’m going to make up as many as I can and take them to the Lady Of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. Thank you again.


  4. Thanks for the great tutorial. I am featuring this as my Saturday Project this week at The Organized Wife.

  5. 5) Mary Jane

    This is a fabulous tutorial! I can’t wait to get started! Thanks!

  6. Thanks for making it so easy and painless!

  7. 7) Carolyn Thornley

    I’ve made 18 pillowcases for Christmas gifts this year and had so much fun picking out great patterns and colors….a very fun project..Thanks!

  8. 8) Jill

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I just made my first pillowcase and I LOVE it! It’s for my 2012 craft it forward that I still hadn’t done! My sister in law will love it. Now to get more fabric and make many, many more! Thanks!!!

  9. I love this tutorial! We’re having a very handmade Christmas this year and I’ve made one each for my son and daughter today. Thanks so much for the great instructions and LOTS OF PHOTOS šŸ™‚

  10. 10) Lex

    Thanks. My daughter wants to make a pillowcase for her big brother for Christmas. It will also serve as a gift bag. I think these directions will suit her and I perfectly. Thanks!

  11. I received a sewing machine for Christmas and I was looking for an easy project as NOT to waste this amazing gift. Thank you for these simple instructions and pictures for me to follow…

  12. 12) Lu Jergins

    I have made pillow cases for many years. I make regular, queen and king. I make most of mine with nylon tricot and lace because that is what my family likes. I have a large family and someone is always saying,”I need pillow cases”. I wish more people learned to sew. It is becoming a lost art.

  13. 13) Angela

    I just made my first set of pillowcases using your instructions. Thanks!

  14. 14) Lisa

    Just made my first pillow cases. I can’t wait to make a few more sets as gifts! Thanks for the great instructions! They are so easy to follow!

  15. Thank you for these wonderful instructions. Going to teach my granddaughters to make them for the group here in Spokane WA.


  16. 16) Brandi D.

    I love this tutorial but I am assuming its for standard sized pillows. Can you adjust it for king sized pillows? If so, what would e dimensions and yardage of fabric need tone? Thanks!!

  17. 17) Rebecca

    Such a simple pattern, but so effective. I just made a pair of pillowcases in a few spare hours, much to my daughters’ delight. Now I have to make some for her friends šŸ™‚

  18. 18) Melissa Bell

    On the day the my (then) 12 month old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, she was give a handmade pillowcase. It was pink with leopard print. It was such a sweet gift at such a terrible time. She is now 3 1/2 yo, and she is cancer free. This is a beautiful cause. I got a new sewing machine yesterday, so I might try to make a few of these myself!!! Thanks for sharing!

  19. 19) Karen C

    A very well done tutorial! Easy to follow for this beginner sewer, and my pillowcase was done in just under an hour. Thank you!

  20. 20) Julie

    Thanks for the terrific tutorial. I made two this week and they turned out great. Out of curiosity I made another one using the “magic” pillowcase method for another and I thought this was easier and I was more pleased with the end result. Thanks!

  21. 21) Laurel

    Best tutorial I have found! I am new to sewing and this broke it down in a way that was easy for me to understand.

  22. 22) Diane

    I have made several for my son over the years. I just use a yard for a regular pillow and 1.5 for a king size. As I make them for my friend also. Then you just sew the side the bottom. Turn over iron 1/4 inch, and then down 3 inches and iron it down and sew it. I like using flannel and I have used cotton, but I would love to try fleece next.

  23. 23) Yucca Ann

    I love this pattern & can’t wait to make some.

  24. 24) Megan

    I made one of these last night for a Christmas present. I had my children draw a few pictures onto some fabric so that I could make it extra special for a friend who is travelling for the next few years. Once I read through the instructions a few times I found your instructions really easy to follow. Can’t wait to wrap it and gift it to our loved one. Merry Christmas šŸ™‚

  25. 26) Karen

    This is so much easier than the new “roll into a tube” type pillowcases. This I understand! Thanks so much.

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  31. 27) Sujini

    Thank you so much sister it was so much easier for me

  32. 28) Gloria

    As an added thought, when making pillow cases for children, use fabric with movie charcaters. I did this for my grand kids when they went to college. Boys got their favorite football teams. Girls got their favorite story book charcater. Once the great grands where old enough for pillows, it was Thomas the Train, etc. for Christmas. That started a big “I don’t have a pillow case” conversation from the ‘left out’ parents. So it was off to the fabric store to find ALL (6) requests. Star Wars, Princesses ( any princess but it MUST be real ones), Alice in Wonderland and on it went. Lots of fun.

  33. 29) Suzanne Newsom

    Last week I sewed 9 pillow cases. I have a Facebook page called Amanda Cases of Love. All the pillow that all sewed will be going to the Vanderbilt Children Hospital in Nashville, TN and the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville, TN. So if anyone want to donate the pillow cases that they sew up then the pillow cases will be a smile to child face during there time in the Hospital.

  34. 30) pauline Tomkins

    thank you so much for these ideas to make pillow cases. I’ve been given some material, so i shall be making pillowcases for the Veterans here in Victoria , Australia. My son is a veteran, this is how ill try to help him. My son takes everything I make to his Advocate, who has a stall specially to raise money for these veterans in need of help. Im always looking for new ideas.

  35. 31) chinlyn

    Is this a pocket pillow case pattern ie with a flap inside to conceal the pillow?

    Also I don’t understand the FOLD bit – what do you mean? Thank you.

    Kind regards
    Chin Lyn

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