There are many ways to make cute pillowcases to dress up your bed. This method of making an envelope pillowcase protects both ends of your pillow with a flap at the open end. I’ve seen these types of pillowcases used at hotels and like the extra coverage of the pillow. This is a perfect method for making special pillowcase for your guest rooms.
With this method, there are no exposed seams to the outside of the pillowcase. I’ve used a serger to finish the inside seams, but you could use a French seam to make all of the seams (even the inside) all finished.
Here is a fabric calculator that shares how much fabric you’ll need for the various pillow sizes using one fabric for the pillowcase.
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Step 1: Cut out your fabric
Start by cutting your fabrics for the pillowcase using the fabric calculator above. Press down 1/2-inch on the shorter sides of both fabrics. These will be the open ends for the envelope flap.
Step 2: Finish the pillowcase front cuff
Let’s finish the cuff on the front of the pillowcase first. Fold down 4 inches from the edge, making a cuff with the right side of the fabric on the inside of the pillowcase. Pin in place.
Topstitch along the pinned edge about 1/8-inch from the fold on the wrong side using your topstitch foot.
Step 3: Prepare the pillowcase back edge
On the pillowcase back fabric piece, tuck 1/4-inch of the 1/2-inch pressed edge under and press. Topstitch the pressed edge.
Step 4: Sew the front and back pillowcases together
Next, with right sides together, line up the pillowcase front and back with the back down first and the pillowcase front on top, lining up the bottom raw edges. Fold both hemmed edges from back to front. The longer flap should be about 6-inches., with both front and back meeting along the same fold line. Pin the side seams. This makes the back flap or envelope.
Sew down one side, across the bottom and back up the other side. I used a serger that finishes the seams nicely. You can use a straight stitch and finish with a zigzag to finish the seams. Make sure to remove your pins and don’t sew over them!
Turn your pillowcase right side out and insert your pillow! It’s all done! Here is a picture of the inside of the pillowcase before turning it right side out.
Step 5: Press and enjoy your new pillowcase
Turn right side out and give the seams a nice press.
Here is the finished pillowcase.
And, you can see the envelope flap that covers the pillow on the open end of the pillowcase.
Check out our comprehensive article on how to make pillowcases and how to make a pillowcase with the burrito method.