Last year I made my oldest daughter, Izzy, her own pillowcase. I absolutely love making things for my girls, and Izzy sure thought it was special. Within the year we transitioned our youngest, Lailah, to a toddler bed and then a shared bed with Izzy which meant she was sleeping on a pillow now.
She started noticing that her pillow case was just plain white and started telling me, “Momma, I want Little Pony!” I decided to take her with me one day to Hancock Fabrics and I let her pick out her own fabric.
In typical 2 1/2 year old toddler fashion, she just couldn’t narrow down her fabric choice to one, so I decided why the heck not do two different fabrics?! Now she has a couple different options depending on whether she’s in the mood for Minnie Mouse or My Little Pony. She was absolutely tickled when I handed her the pillow and just carried it around the rest of the afternoon!
*I’m not a professional seamstress, just a self-taught sewing enthusiast! So it is very likely that my methods may not be traditional, but it gets the job done. Or in the words of Larry the Cable Guy I “git r done”.
Easy 30 Minute Pillow Case Tutorial
- 1 yard of fabric
- Scissors and/or rotary cutter
- Complimentary thread
- Iron and ironing board
- Tape Measure
Cut two pieces of fabric 21″ x 32″. Make the outer seam of the case on both pieces by folding on the wrong side of the fabric, pressing the hem with your iron.
Fold the end of the hem under 1/4″ and press with your iron.
Once it’s all pressed your hem should look like the above photo.
Sew the hem with a complimentary thread color, staying about 1/8″ from the edge of the hem.
With right sides together, line up the hems of each piece and pin pieces together. Sew along three sides, leaving the hem side open, with a zigzag stitch and 1/4″ seam allowance. (By the way, I didn’t make an absurdly short pillow here! It was folded in half and I didn’t even think about getting a better shot.) Trim the seams and finish with an overcasting stitch for a cleaner look.
Turn the case right side out and admire your finished product!
Izzy’s original pillow case is on the right and Lailah’s is on her current favorite side on the left. I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial!