Sewing 101 – a simple pillowcase tutorial


Hello again girlfriends!  I feel as if we are over winter for the season!  March is a fresh of breath air in Michigan!  We had our share of snow days (4 to be exact) & since I work at the school that my youngest son goes to, I get a snow day too.  I love it!
Okay, let’s get started on our sewing project.  It’s simple & if you can measure & cut shapes & sew a straight line, you will be in business.
Today it’s A Simple Pillowcase.  It takes one yard of fabric.  When my boys were little, they loved picking out a yard of fabric in a print that suited their personality!  These are great for gifts too.  I will share a bit more about that in my tips!
1 yard of fabric (all the same or different)
rotary cutter & board
straight pins
serger machine or sewing machine
tags (optional)
  • cut fabric (base 26×42, trim 2×42, cuff 9×42)
  • fold cuff & trim in half & press
  • lay base on work surface, right side up
  • lay trim on top of base with raw edges facing away from fabric
  • lay cuff on top of trim with raw edges facing away from fabric
  • pin all three layers
  • sew or serge (if you sew, fold & press your edges so raw edges are not showing)






  •  fold your pillowcase in half so the right sides are facing each other & your cuff is at the top
  • pin your sides & edges (only 2 sides are getting sewn because we folded it in half & cut out a step by having one large base piece). you are welcome.
  • sew
  • press your seams so they are crisp
  • insert pillow
  • congrats!


Katy’s tips:
*Pillowcases are great as gifts for all the kids!
*They also make a beautiful wedding present!  Find a beautiful white fabric that has a monochromatic stripe, dots or flowers.  Buy an embroidered iron on letter for their first or last name (available at Hobby Lobby).  Iron it onto the middle of the cuff.  Trust me, I have made several of these sets & they are gorgeous!

Here is what they look like using girly fabric… so cute right?

pillowcases tutorial
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Enjoy making A Simple Pillowcase!  Please email me questions or your pics at lilalicesews (at) gmail (dot )com.
Katy Reitz

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