{Free Sewing Pattern} How To Sew A Pillowcase

My best friend’s little one is headed in for a sleep study later this month. I’m pretty sure that would be kind of scary for an adult, so for a seven year old…yikes!

I thought a sweet pillowcase might make the experience a bit easier to handle.

The sewing pattern is below. It really is a simple one…perfect for beginners!


Nikki, In Stitches


  • 1 piece of main fabric measuring 25″ x 40″
  • 1 piece of cuff fabric measuring 10″ x 40″
  • 1 piece of contrast fabric measuring 2.5″ x 40″
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

NOTE: I used a 1/2″ seam allowance in this project!


Fold your main fabric right sides together creating a rectangle that measures 29″ x 20″. Sew along any two consecutive sides. (If you have a serger, you may want to run these edges through it since pillowcases do get washed frequently. If you don’t, you could just do a quick zigzag stitch like you see in the picture below! It’s not quite as good, but it will do the trick!)

Turn your pillowcase right sides out and press.

With right sides together, sew the two short sides of your contrasting fabric together. Press the seam open.

Fold the wrong sides of your contrast fabric together together and press, creating a tube that is 1.25″ wide.

With right sides together, sew the two short sides of your cuff fabric together. Again, press the seam open.

Now we’re going to layer all of our pieces together and sew around the open edge of our pillowcase.

Pin your fabric together in this order:
The main fabric first. (Remember this should now be right side out!)
Then the contrast band…lining up the raw edges.
Then the cuff band (Right side down!)…again, lining up the raw edges.
(NOTE: To keep things nice and neat, align your seams together, too! They should all be at the very edge of one side!)
Use the pictures below as a guide!

Sew all the way around until you get back to where you started! (Again, you may also want to give this edge a little zigzag or run through your serger!)

Fold your cuff fabric in half and press so that the raw edges meet.

Flip your cuff so that it is now in its proper place at the end of your pillowcase.

Top stitch 1/4″ out from your seam all the way around your pillowcase to keep your cuff in place!

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3 Responses to {Free Sewing Pattern} How To Sew A Pillowcase

  1. sharon says:

    very easy to make and fun made 25 to donate with 25 rag quilts to match the quilts last year made 400 stocking caps to donate it gives you such a good feeling when you donate thanks for all the video

    • Nikki says:

      Oh my goodness! Sharon! Your comment has made my day!
      I’m so happy I could be a part of something so special!
      And cheers to you! What a fabulous way to share your talents!

  2. sharon says:

    thanks again for all your help

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