Bedtime Beginner Friendly Pillowcase Tutorial

Give your bedroom décor a quick and stylish update by adding a set of new handmade pillowcases. This easy pillowcase pattern is designed for beginner sewists and is an excellent skill-building project for sewing newbies. We’re all for creating custom décor that fits your personal aesthetic, so if you’re in the mood for an update with a professional looking finish, this is the project for you!


  • 1m or 1-yard of fabric (cotton, polycotton sateen, silk, satin…)
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Overlocker (optional)


  1. Cut 2 rectangles. Front: 52cm x 96cm. Back: 52cm x 76cm or Front: 20 1/2 in x 37 3/4 in. Back: 20 1/2 in x 30 in.

  2. Lay one rectangle on top of the other with right sides together, lining up one short end.
  3. Pin and stitch together with a 1cm (3/8 in) seam allowance.

  4. Neaten the raw edges with your overlocker (or a zigzag stitch). Press the seam to one side.

  5. Fold the opposite sides of short ends to the wrong side by 1cm (3/8 in). Press. Fold in again by another 1cm (3/8 in) to enclose the raw edges. Press.
  6. Stitch in place to create a hem.

  7. With right sides together (fold the longer Front piece over the shorter Back piece), mark or notch 20cm (8 in) down on the front piece.

  8. Fold the front piece at the notch, so that it sits on top of the back piece (right side to wrong side).

  9. Lining up the long raw edges on each side of the top and bottom, pin and stitch with a 1cm (3/8 in) seam allowance.
  10. Overlock or zigzag stitch the raw edges to neaten and prevent fraying.

  11. Turn right sides out and give it a good press.

  12. Slide your pillow into the pillowcase, pull the flap up and over so that the pillow is hidden inside.

  13. That’s it. You’ve made your first (but not last) handmade professional looking pillowcase.
  • Beverly B.

    I have made multiples of these! I altered mine slightly, too. Have one edge tucked so your pillow doesn’t come out. I love it it’s amazing.


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