Custom pillowcases are easy and fun to make – and you can make them in any fabric combinations! From kid print fabrics to fabrics for the sports fan in your life and even amazing solids, making pillowcases is a quick project. In this article I’ll show you the “Burrito” method of making pillowcases, with two options for your seams – one with regular seams and one with French seams. Both are super easy to do with the burrito pillowcase pattern! Learn more about making pillowcases in our comprehensive article that shows another method.
I’ve made standard pillow size pillow cases, but it is easy to adjust your fabric dimensions for toddler, super standard, queen, king and body bed pillows. Here is a fabric calculator.
The ‘Burrito” method of making a pillow case makes it easy to finish off the inside cuff seam nicely, with only one stitching line.
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Here is the finished pillowcase:
How to Make a French Seam on your Pillowcase
In the above tutorial, I used my serger to finish the exposed seams on the pillowcase. Another method is to use French seams to finish the side and end seams.
Begin by cutting your fabrics, pressing and prepare them for the burrito method of sewing the cuff and trim to the pillowcase body, as done in tutorial above.
Sew the seam to enclose the raw edges for the cuff and trim.
Press and turn right side out. Different fabric manufacturers have slight differences in their fabric widths.
Trim so that they are all the same width. Also, trim off any wide selvedge edges. Some fabrics have little or no printed edges – those don’t need to be trimmed. We just don’t want part of the printed selvedge edge to show on our finished pillowcase.
Now we’ll sew a French seam. To learn more about a French seam, check out our complete article. Fold the pillowcase in half with WRONG sides together. Sew a 1/4-inch seam allowance down the long side and the end of the pillowcase.
Press this seam open as best as you can. This will make a nice finished seam. Then, turn the pillowcase with the wrong side out, right sides together. Sew along the long edge and across the bottom with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. This encloses the raw edges.
Turn the pillowcase right side out and give it a good press. All done!
All of the seams are completely finished on the inside. This is a simple project, perfect for beginner sewists and you learn a few new skills for your sewing toolkit! See how beautiful the inside looks?
And, the finished pillowcase ready for sweet dreams!
Here are the two pillowcases made with the burrito method with French seams.