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Pillowcase Tutorial: Bed Pillow Case with Ties

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pillowcase tutorial

As a mom to two little ones, sleep is precious. My kids sleep pretty well at this point, but they are go go go all day long, and I need all the sleep I can get. I have been working to make our bedroom a soothing retreat, the perfect place to sleep.

Recently I swapped out our old bedding for a more neutral comforter.  I didn’t want it to be too bland or boring, so I decided to inject some color with decorative pillow cases, and I am sharing my pillowcase tutorial with you all.

Supplies for the Pillowcase Tutorial:

  • 1 yard of fabric (for a standard size pillow- for a queen or king pillow, you might need more) (if you’re making 2 like me, you’ll need 2 yards)
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Thread

Pillowcase Tutorial:

Step 1: Wash, dry, and iron your fabric. Cut your fabric into these rectangular pieces-

1 rectangle of 27.5 X 41 inches

1 rectangle of 4.5 X 41 inches

4 rectangles of 3 X 12 inches

Step 2: Make the ties.  If you want to speed things up, you can use coordinating ribbon for your ties.  To make your own ties, fold each one in half lengthwise, and press.

Open them up.  Fold each end to the crease in the middle, and press again.  Then fold in half, and press one more time.  Pin and sew along the edge, about ¼ inch from the open edges.

pillowcase tutorial fabric strips

fabric ties

Step 3: Lay the biggest rectangle down.  Put the 4.5 X 41 inch rectangle on top of the 41 inch edge of the larger rectangle.  Slide the ties in between the two layers.  I spaced mine about 7 and 14 inches from the top and bottom edges.

Pin and sew along the edge, sewing about ½ inch from the edge.  Fold over the other end of the short rectangle, pin, and sew it, sewing about ¼ inch from the edge.

diagram showing where the ties go

where to hem

the ties sewn to the edge

Step 4: Fold the 4 inch rectangle flap back around to the back so that the ties are coming out of the side.  Press along the edge.  Pin and sew it down, sewing near the bottom of the flap.

the edge with the ties

the side pinned

the stitching on the outside

Step 5: Fold the pillowcase lengthwise with the wrong sides together.  The outside of the pillowcase should be on the outside.  Pin and sew along the two raw edges, sewing about ¼ inch from the edge.

lines showing where to sew

Step 6: Clip the corner and trim the edges to ⅛ inch.

corner clipped

Step 7: Turn the bag inside out.  Use a pen or something to poke the corners out.  Press.  Pin and sew around the two sewn edges, sewing ¼ inch from the edge.

where to sew along the edges

Step 8: Turn the bag right side out and press.  Slip your pillow in and tie the ties.

the sewn edges

the finished pillowcase

pillow case with ties tied

bed pillow case with ties

bed pillow case with ties

bed pillow case with ties

If you try the pillowcase tutorial please let me know how it goes in the comments below!  If you are looking for more sewing tutorials then please check out my sewing tutorials page.

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Tuesday 17th of January 2017

Where can I get the pattern?


Wednesday 18th of January 2017

I'm sorry, there is no pattern to print for this tutorial. You need to follow the steps outlined in the tutorial in order to make this pillow case. They begin just below the first paragraph of the post.


Tuesday 10th of January 2017

What a great idea - thank you!


Tuesday 10th of January 2017

You're welcome!


Monday 9th of January 2017

Cool idea! I have a set of navy and white plaid flannel sheets that our dog accidentally tore when she jumped up onto the bed. I could make a couple sets of these pillow cases out of the fabric. Glad I saved it! Thanks!


Tuesday 10th of January 2017

That sounds like a great use of those sheets! I love being able to upcycle things like that to give them new life!


Saturday 17th of December 2016

These are super pretty, and a really cool twist on the standard pillow case! I look forward to making these :)


Saturday 17th of December 2016

Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy making them!


Friday 2nd of December 2016

Pretty pillowcases! And I love the ties at the side! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that features your tutorial: --Anne


Friday 2nd of December 2016

Thanks so much!

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