How to Sew a Pillowcase from Knit Fabric


How to make a pillowcase from knit fabric as a great gift idea!

How to Make a Pillow Case

How to make a pillowcase from knit fabric as a great gift idea! 

I purchased some knit fabric a while back with Maleficent on it for my mother-in-law... it's her FAVORITE character (she liked Maleficent before it was cool).

I was getting ready to make her a pretty shirt or pants when she told me she won't wear clothing with a print. Sooooooo I was desperately trying to think of an item I could make that she'd use. Finally I decided to make a pillowcase! I love how it turned out and I think the coolness of the knit fabric will be nice for sleeping on.

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Pillowcase fabric cut to size.Measure your pillow. A standard/queen pillowcase seems to be 20 x 32" according to the various products I have seen for sale. A king size pillowcase will be around 20 x 40". Have an odd size pillow or want to double check? Just measure your current pillowcase, then add your seam allowance.

Cut your fabric. For my pillow, I was making a queen size. I doubled the width (so I can fold it in half to sew it together instead of cutting back and front pieces of fabric) and added a seam allowance. So my width was around 41". I cut my Maleficent fabric 41" x 32" length.

I also cut a 41" strip of black bubble minky for the edge of the pillowcase. I can't recall how wide the strip was, but I believe it was around 8-10" altogether. I faced the strip right sides together with the top of my Maleficent fabric and sewed. I flipped right sides out and top stitched. I serged the top of the bubble minky so the edges wouldn't fray.

Here I folded the fabric over and clipped in place so I could sew it. I just sewed a straight stitch along the bottom and the one side.

Pinning pillowcase fabric right sides together.

To finish the pillowcase, I folded the black minky in half. Then I sewed a top stitch around it all.

Folding minky over, pinning, and sewing a straight stitch to finish the pillowcase.

Here's another photo of the finished product. I love it so much... I may need to make my own pillowcases soon. 

Sew a DIY pillowcase made from knit fabric.

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DIY Danielle: How to Sew a Pillowcase from Knit Fabric
How to Sew a Pillowcase from Knit Fabric
How to make a pillowcase from knit fabric as a great gift idea!
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