NOTE: We are doing this pillowcase post to help our friends at American Patchwork & Quilting spread the word about their 24-hour Sewathon for charity! Use our tutorial below to make a pillowcase or two, donate to a local charity, and add your pillowcases to the count. Get more details here.
Use the “burrito” method to make an easy banded pillowcase!
For one pillowcase:
- 3/8 yard fabric for band
- 7/8 yard fabric for pillowcase body
- All-purpose sewing thread
- Marking pencil or pen and ruler
Finished pillowcase: 30×20″ (fits a standard-size bed pillow)
From band fabric, cut:
- 1 — 10×41″ strip
From pillowcase body fabric, cut:
- 1 –26-1/2×41″ rectangle
Assemble the Pillowcase:
1. Unfold and place the band strip printed side up on a table. Matching up the long edges, put the pillowcase body rectangle printed side down on top of the band strip.
2. Beginning at lower long edge, roll the pillowcase body toward the band that is underneath it. When you get to the band, don’t roll it up. Just keep on rolling the pillowcase body only.
3. Stop rolling when you reach a point about halfway up the band. The long edges that you matched up in Step 1 should still be straight and together.
4. Bring the band’s bottom edge up and over the pillowcase body roll to form a tube. Match up all three long edges. Pin the three long edges together, making sure the rolled pillowcase body is out of the way and doesn’t get caught by your pins. When you have it all pinned, peek in the tube and check to make sure that all the layers are lined up evenly. If they’re not, remove a few pins, adjust the layers to even them out, and repin.
5. Sew along the pinned edges with a straight seam using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
6. Now for the magic! It’s time to turn the tube so the printed side is out. To do this, fold over a cuff at one end of the band. With your fingers holding on to the band and gently pulling it down, pull up on the roll inside the tube. Continue pulling the band and the roll in opposite directions, as if you were pulling a sleeve from a sweater, until you’ve turned it completely right side out.
7. Unroll the pillowcase body. All the seam allowances should be enclosed inside the pillowcase band.
8. Tugging slightly on the folded edge of the band, press the seam flat on the printed side where the band and body come together. The seam allowances should be going toward the band. Turn over and repeat to press the seam on the faded (wrong) side.
9. To complete your pillowcase, finish it with side and bottom seams. Fold the pillowcase in half with printed sides together. Pin along side and bottom edges.
10. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, begin at the top edge of the band and backstitch to secure the start of the seam. (The bulk of the pillowcase will be in your lap as you begin to sew this seam.) Sew a straight seam to join the long raw edges of the pillowcase. When you get 1/2″ from the bottom corner, stop with your needle down in the fabric. Lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric and continue sewing across the bottom of the pillowcase. Backstitch to secure the end of the seam.
11. To make sure the seam allowance doesn’t fray, zigzag stitch in the seam allowance (to the right of the line of stitching you did in Step 10) across the pillowcase side and bottom.
12. Turn the pillowcase printed side out and press the seam allowance flat.