Quick Custom Pillowcase Sewing Project

by Jessica

My husband’s birthday is coming up and I needed a simple gift that I could whip up while he was out of the house. I had a yard of fabric from his favorite sports team and wanted to create something fun and useful. I decided to make him a pillowcase so he can get comfortable watching tv during football season.


Pillowcases can be sewn quickly and customized in many ways. A standard pillowcase measures about 20 inches by 31 inches. You should measure your pillow if the size seems considerably larger or smaller than this.

For this project, I had 1 yard of print fabric that I used for the body of the pillowcase and ½ yard of solid fabric that I used for the trim.

First: Cut your fabric.


From your 1 yard piece, cut a 41 inch by 26.5 inch rectangle. If you’re using scraps, you are going to cut two rectangle pieces of fabric each measuring 20.5 inches by 26.5 inches.

From your ½ yard piece, cut a rectangle measuring 10 inches by 41 inches. Again, if using scraps or smaller pieces, cut two rectangles each measuring 10 inches by 20.5 inches.

Second: Fold your trim fabric.

Fold this piece of fabric – wrong sides together – to make it 5 x 41 (or two pieces of 5 x 20.5). Iron the fabric to create a crease.

Third: Sew the body to the trim.


Place the two pieces right sides together. Sew along the raw edge using a ¼ inch seam allowance. This will create one solid piece of fabric (or two pieces of fabric depending on how many pieces you started with).


Fourth: Finish the pillowcase.


Fold the fabric right sides together and finish
the edges of the pillowcase. Make sure you
do not sew the trim pieces together as this is
the opening to slip the pillow inside!

Finally: Turn the pillowcase right side out … and put a pillow in it!