You can make holiday pillowcases in 15 minutes following this simple tutorial.
Simple Holiday Pillowcase Tradition
One of my all-time favorite traditions as a young girl was using a holiday pillowcase around Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Making and using holiday pillowcases is so simple, but there’s something festive about seeing bright holiday pops of color on your bed each night, reminding you of the season.
I’ve started this Holiday Pillowcase tradition with my own children and am slowly working on holiday pillowcases for each of them. Here’s the Halloween pillowcase I made a few years ago:
I prefer to use basic patterned fabrics for our holiday pillowcases since I like clean, simple lines, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to holiday fabric. Find fabrics that match your home decorating style and you’ll be set.
Tip: make a date out of it! Take your children to the fabric store and let them pick out their favorite fabrics.
Select the fabric you want to use.
For this tutorial, I used 2 different types of fabric so that the pillowcase will have a different cuff for variety. Pick 2 of coordinating fabrics for whatever holiday you will be making your pillowcase for. The photos in this tutorial are using Red, White and Blue fabric for my children’s 4th of July pillowcases, but the directions apply to any holiday you want to make pillowcases for.
For a standard-size pillow, here’s the cut sizes:
For the 2-fabric pillowcase you’ll need 3/4 yard of one design and 1/4 yard of another fabric to make a standard-size pillowcase. Cotton is a good fabric to use.
Wash, dry, and iron the fabric.
It’s always a good idea to pre-wash and dry the fabric so that your pillowcase will not shrink after you make it. That would be so sad! However, I’ll tell you a secret. Usually I’m too lazy or in too big of a hurry (talk about procrastination) that I forget to pre-wash and dry my fabric. My pillowcases have still fit and turned out just fine. So it’s up to you. But don’t tell me I didn’t warn you just in case the don’t turn out.
Cut the fabric.
You’ll want to cut the fabric pieces in the following sizes. You can fold the fabric in half before cutting to make it easier if you’d like.
Band/cuff- 1/4 yard= 10″ x 41″
Body- 3/4 yard= 26″ x 41″
Assemble the pillowcase
First, unfold the band fabric and lay down patterned side up. Then lay the body fabric patterned-side down on top of the band fabric like this: The long sides should together.
You can pin if you like, but it works just fine without pinning. Just smooth the fabrics out with your hand.
Starting at the bottom edge of the long piece, start rolling the fabric up until you get half way to the band fabric. Don’t roll the cuff fabric with it.
Once the body fabric is rolled up, take the cuff fabric and fold it over the roll to match up with the edges you lined up earlier:
You’ll want to pin it in place. The long edges that you lined up earlier should still be in place. You’ll want to pin all 3 layers together, making sure the rolled part is far away from the pins. Make sure all the layers are lined up straight. If not, undo some pins and line it up and repin it.
^See how the inner fabric is rolled up?
Next, sew along the pinned edge with a 1/2″ seam. The bulk of the fabric will be in your lap when you first start sewing.
Be careful to not sew over any pins. Remove them before you reach them as you sew.
Now for the magic!
Now that the top seam is sewn, you’re going to reach into the “burrito” and pull out the rolled-up fabric like this:
You’re pillowcase cuff will be sewn together, looking like this:
To keep the cuff nice and crisp, iron the cuff before you move on.
To finish off your holiday pillowcase, you’ll just need to sew the bottom and side seams. Fold the pillowcase in half with printed sides together.
First, pin the long edges together, beginning at the band. And then pin across the short edge at the bottom of the pillowcase.
Beginning at the top band, start sewing. Complete a back stitch to secure the start of your seam. Sew all the way down the long edge until you reach 1/2″ from the bottom. Lift the sewing machine foot, rotate the pillowcase, and finish by sewing the bottom edge.
Turn the pillowcase right-side out and iron to make nice, crisp edges.