Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tweety pillowcase tutorial

Materials you will need for making one standard size pillowcase...
3/4 yard fabric for the body of your pillowcase
9 inch by 41 inch strip of fabric for the cuff
4 1/2 inch by 41 inch strip fabric for the accent trim
scissors & or rotary cutter
cutting mat & ruler
Cut fabric to specified measurements

Press accent trim strip in half lengthwise,wrong sides together

Pin the folded strip to the right side of the pillowcase body fabric
along a 41 inch side.

Match raw edges and sew through all
layers,using a 1/2" seam allowance.
If the pillowcase body fabric is a directional print,consider which
direction is "up" before pining & sewing on your accent strip.

Fold the pillowcase body fabric in half,right sides together,
along the 41 inch (side) edge.
Sew the side seam using 1/2" seam allowance or (French Seam).

To make a French Seam place the fabrics wrong sides together
and sew a 1/8" seam.

Turn right side out and press seam with right sides together,then
sew a 3/8" seam.  This will encase the raw edge and give a
nice finish inside the case.

Sew the short side of the border fabric right sides together
with a 1/2" seam,forming a circle.

Pin the right side of the border fabric to the wrong side of the
pillowcase body,matching the raw edges and seams,and sew
together with a 1/2" seam.

Turn under remaining raw edge of border fabric1/2".

Press all the way around.

Fold over to the right side of the pillowcase body and line up
just over the top of the original stitching.

Pin in place all the way around the pillowcase,being careful
not to catch any extra fabric.  You could press the fabric
away from this seam before pinning.  Which will help so
that you don't catch any extra border fabric in your stitches.

Top stitch the border fabric all the way around the pillowcase.

Press the cuff/border along the top to create a crease.

Press the side seam & along the bottom of the pillowcase.

Here is the finished pillowcase!
Hopefully this tutorial was concise and easy to follow. :)
Feel free to ask questions if you don't understand anything!
Have fun making yourself some new pillowcases!
(The pillow in the picture is actually a queen size.  So your
pillow case will be quite roomy on a standard size pillow)


  1. What a cute pillow case!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. What fun! The Tweety fabric is really cute.

  3. Cute pillowcase. I bought a case of 4 DVDs of the old Looney Tunes cartoons and my grandchildren love them. Of course, Tweety Bird is a favorite.

  4. Thanks sew much for the great tutorial - I just love the Tweety Bird fabric - how adorable!!

  5. Love this! The fabric is so bright and happy!


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