Spotted: The Magic Pillowcase Method and 8 More Handmade Pillowcase Tutorials

homemade pillowcase tutorials
Need an extra pillowcase or two? Make your own with one of these handmade pillowcase tutorials!

Need an extra pillowcase or two? Make your own with one of these handmade pillowcase tutorials!

It is possible that the people in my family are greedy pillow hogs, but store-bought sheet sets NEVER come with enough pillowcases for us!

That’s why, after I bought two new sheet sets for my bed (bringing the total number of sheet sets that I own for this bed up to two… long story), I immediately had to turn around and sew two new handmade pillowcases for it.

And if I’m sewing something for myself, then you know that I’m also going to have to sew that same thing for at least one of my kids–the younger one, in this case, because I knew that I had that My Little Pony fabric in my stash for a reason!

Magic Pillowcase Method
Handmade pillowcase action, all cut out and ready to go–two boring pillowcases, and one My Little Pony one!

Three homemade pillowcases later, and I am now a loyal devotee of the “magic pillowcase method.” Also known as the burrito pillowcase, this is THE method that you should use to make a pillowcase. It’s quick. It’s easy. And it utilizes a mind-boggling magic trick that with one seam adds the pillowcase’s cuff and trim AND ENCLOSES THAT SEAM!

handmade pillowcases
two magic pillows, and one with an envelope pillowcase

Magic. I swear. To make your own magic pillowcase, check out the pillowcase tutorial that I used from The Twiddletails Blog. Also check out the following mods that I made that I think make this project even easier:

  • The tutorial asks you to cut your trim fabric to 1.5″ wide. I, however, use a ruler that’s 2″ wide, so I simply cut the trim to the width of my ruler. Super easy, and I think the slightly wider trim looks super nice.
  • The tutorial asks you to cut the body fabric down to the correct width before you sew on the cuff and trim, but not that cuff and trim fabric; you trim those two pieces to the correct width after you’ve attached them to the body fabric. Instead, I left all of my fabric the full width, and trimmed everything to size after I attached body, cuff, and trim. This saved me a step, and ensured that all my pieces were perfectly lined up.

After you make yourself a complete set of magic pillowcases, check out these other handmade pillowcase tutorials!

8 More Handmade Pillowcase Tutorials

1. basic pillowcaseHere’s a regular pillowcase tutorial, without the magic.

2. envelope pillowcaseThis is the perfect pillowcase for a decorative pillow, or a square one.

handmade pillowcase tutorial

3. pillowcase that keeps the pillow secureNo matter how restless you are, your pillow won’t work its way out of this pillowcase!

4. pillow updatesFrom our sister site Feelgood Style, here are even more ways to make your pillowcases look and feel new.

5. pocket pillowcaseThe little attached pocket is the perfect size for a book, a stuffed animal, or a tooth.

6. reversible pillowcaseThis is an efficient way to sew a pillowcase that matches two different sets of sheets.

7. road trip pillowcaseThis pillowcase has a large pocket and a carrying handle, so that you can tote all your toteables.

8. ruffled pillowcaseMy grandmother made me one of these for my bed when I was a kid. Every kid’s bed should have one.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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