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Sewing Pillowcase to Match Any Décor with Sewing Patterns

Updated on January 25, 2017

Making a pillowcase it quick and easy

Match Any Decor with Sewing Patterns. Have you tried to make that perfect pillowcase to compliment your d̮̩cor? Do you have a child's room that needs a little pop of color? If you can sew a fairly straight line you can make a pillowcase.

First choose 2 or 3 different colored high quality washable cotton fabric. I like to use 3 patterned fabrics for my pillowcases .Bed linen have come a long way since the old days when sheet were made of anything available. They were not comfortable like today's linen. Most of use choose to be fashionable when deciding how to decorate our bed. The modern bed is made-up with the pillows exposed and part of the design. Pillow were once covered with the bedspread and with pillowcase made of white fabric ranging from muslin to high quality percale.

Mixing Patterns Adds Interest to Design

Blending patterns the easy way.

How to Mix Fabrics

Just a few simple tips on blending patterns together. I usually like to have 3 different fabrics for each of my pillowcases. I choose them using one of the following rules:

1. Use the same design in different colors.

2. Use a theme-all flowers, all dots, all race cars just choose one theme and stick to it.

3. Choose a color find different prints in the same color family.

4. Choose complementary color combination

5. Use a trend, strips, geometric, or print

6. Choose a design that works well with your linens or comforter

7. Choose any design you like once it is sewn into a pillowcase it will be one piece, so go wild.

Whatever you choose make sure that the fabric is a good quality and will be able to withstand many washings. Also, pick fabrics that are comfortable, such as satins, 100% cotton, or washable decorator fabric. Think long range, will you be replacing your winter quilt with a different one for the summer? If you use fabrics of different material make sure to pre-wash them before assembling your pillowcase.

A childs race car bed, perfect for car themed pillowcases

A childs race car bed, perfect for car themed pillowcases
A childs race car bed, perfect for car themed pillowcases

The bed is the main focus of the room, so dress it up

The bed is the main focus of the room, so dress it up
The bed is the main focus of the room, so dress it up

The Jelly Roll Pillowcase Technique

4 Easy Steps

4 easy steps
4 easy steps

Roll out the Jelly

I posted some videos for you to watch, so you can get the idea of how to layer your fabric.

Your pieces

1. main color 27" x 45"

2. cuff 9" x 45"

3. trim 3" x 45"

Layering

1. Medium piece- FACE UP

2. Smallest piece-folded in half and pressed

3. Largest piece-face down, then bunched or folded ( you will only be sewing one edge into jelly-roll

4. Take the Medium-sized piece and fold exposing the back side of the fabric.

5. Pin all 5 layers of fabric together, make sure you don't catch the opposite end of the large piece into the seam.

6. Machine sew all 5 layer forming a tube-like jelly roll

7. Use your finger to pull the fabric from the inside of the jelly roll. You will now see a finished seam edge on both the front and back of the fabric.

8. Take the pillowcase and fold lengthwise with the right side facing out.

9. Machine sew back stitch to lock seam, then sew the length, turn to sew the bottom seam, backstitch to lock.

10. Turn the pillowcase with the wrong side facing out. Machine sew a 1/2 seam, make sure you don't catch any of the previous seam fabric. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

11. Turn the pillowcase with the right side out.

12 Your pillowcase is complete, you should have completely finished seams. Place your pillow inside and have a good rest.

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Simple But Elegant

Dress-up a Plain Ready-made Pillowcase

Here are some ideas using a plain ready-made pillowcase. White pillowcases and single-color style are easy to find. They can be dressed up for any bed and make anyone feel pampered. This list should get you started with some simple creativity:

1. Add trim to the cuff edge, simply purchase lace, ruffles, decorative ribbon or other by the yard trim. Sew it onto the outer edge.

2. Tea dye a white cotton pillowcase, make a strong, dark pot of tea, let you pillowcase or trim soak until you get the desired aged-look. This can be done to age cotton laces, crocheted and tatted laces can also be found at second-hand stores and reapplied to your pillowcases.

3. Embroider a pillowcase. Pillowcase kits are readily available, or use Aunt Martha's iron on transfer and had sew a beautiful pattern. If you are one of the lucky one with an embroidery sewing machine, simply choose your pattern and get to work. White embroidery on a white pillowcase is a great way to turn a simple white pillowcase into a piece of art. Try a monogram.

4. Get crafty use fabric paint to decorate the cuff of you child's pillowcase. Use colors to complement the room, with matching patterns or designs.

5. Purchase fabric dye and color your old linen set to give them a new look. This is a great trick for faded, well-loved sheets and pillowcases.

6. Put diluted fabric dye into a spray bottle and spray color for a bit of whimsy.

7. Use diluted chlorine bleach and paint a design.

8. The easiest of all, trade sheet sets with relatives or friends and get a new look for no cost.

Monogramed Pillowcase photo

Monogramed Pillowcase photo
Monogramed Pillowcase photo

My cut samples. I clip the edge and tear the fabric to size to get even pieces.

My cut samples.  I clip the edge and tore the fabric to size to get even pieces.
My cut samples. I clip the edge and tore the fabric to size to get even pieces.

A plain white cotton pillowcase, dyed pink, then sprayed with a diluted bleach

A plain white cotton pillowcase, dyed pink, then sprayed with a diluted bleach
A plain white cotton pillowcase, dyed pink, then sprayed with a diluted bleach

Hand Embroidered Pillows for the Bed

I have been embroidering since kindergarten, my mother gave me some thread and fabric and said sew. I thought myself through the process of trial and error. I learned some classic techniques in embroidery in junior high school in a Home Economics class, the rest is history.

This is a one of the many types of kits I use. They are very portable, put them in a bag or purse and take them out while you are waiting in the car to pick-up the kids, at the doctors office or anywhere you have to wait.

This is a machine quilted and embroidered one my dog uses in the car.

This is a machine quilted and embroidered one my dog uses in the car.
This is a machine quilted and embroidered one my dog uses in the car.

This is a pre-printed kit with background color and then candlewicked

This is a pre-printed kit with background color and then candlewicked
This is a pre-printed kit with background color and then candlewicked

Hand Embroidered

I made this a long time ago. I used to wait in the car to pick up the kids from school, so I kept kits in the car to keep me busy while I sat.

Have you ever made pillowcases for your bed?

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    • favored profile image

      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is a project that I'll be doing soon. I've have material for some time, but haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for the ideas and videos.

    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      No, but they look fun and easy to try. Thanks for posting this.

    • hazeltos profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I have. But I made them with one fabric and trimmed with lace. Mixing fabrics is a terrific idea.

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have a friend who sent me a gorgeous pillowcase a few years ago that she had made, so I made a few for myself, too. Then I got my mom interested and she made several. They make fabulous gifts when you customize the patterns. Thanks for the detailed instructions!

    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is so cute. I've never made one from scratch, only embellished. I've got to give it a go :). Thanks for the inspiration.

    • KamalaEmbroidery profile image

      KamalaEmbroidery 

      5 years ago

      I've never made pillowcases for the bed, but I have some embroidered ones using ready made cases.

    • dawnsnewbeginning profile image

      dawnsnewbeginning 

      5 years ago

      yes I have and they are a lot of fun!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Nope but it is definitely worth a try!

    • junkcat profile image

      junkcat 

      5 years ago

      No, but you make it sound so easy. I read most of your lenses they are way cool.

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