Custom Pillow Cases
Do prices for decorative pillow cases seem expensive to you? Make them at a fraction of the cost you’ll find in stores, and you’ll get to choose the fabrics, the colors, and the decorative touches. Make one plain pillow case, and you’ll realize how quick and easy it is to add special borders with laces, embroidered fabrics or store bought piping. The directions on this page are for a standard 21”x31” case.
step 1 - Decorative Borders
Wash and dry your fabric before you start. For one pillow case, cut out a fabric piece that measures 43.25” by 35.50”.
step 6 - Press the seam allowances flat, then trim them to .25”.
step 8 - Turn right side out again and press the seams flat.
step 9 - Pillow Cases With Decorative Borders
Many appliqued fabrics and laces can be combined with cottons to make beautiful pillow cases. Be sure to wash and dry the decorative trims before cutting, just as you would the fabric used for the case. Cut the fabric as described in step one above. The decorative fabric should be cut to measure 43.25” by 7”.
step 10 - Match up the raw edge of the decorative piece with the raw edge of the pillow case fabric, wrong sides touching. Using a basting stitch, sew them together .50” from their edges.
step 11 - Fold the other edge of the decorative piece under .50” and press. Sew that edge to the wrong side of the of the pillow case fabric, close to the fold. Your decorative piece and pillow case fabric are now attached to each other.
step 12 - Proceed, following the instruction in step 2-8 above. Remove the basting stitch after step 3.
When creating your own pillowcases the design options are endless. Different designs will require different techniques.
Wash all borders and trims using the same method you use for the pillowcase fabric, otherwise, the trims may pucker and not lay flat.
Consider unusual fabrics for the cases but keep in mind the washability, and the comfort factors.
You will need 43.25” of any border bindings you select, but buy a bit more to allow for shrinkage.
- 1 yard fabric per pillow case
- sewing machine
- sewing notions