If you can sew a straight seam then you can make a pillowcase with a French seam. I’m going to teach you something I call the Burrito Method to assemble your pillowcase and remove any fear you may have regarding French seams. Let’s get started!
- Main Fabric: 1 yard.
- Cuff Fabric: 1/3 yard.
Trim Fabric: 1/4 yard. Note: This is totally optional.
Size 90/14 or 100/16 Heavy Duty Needles
Step 1: Find the Grain
Visit my tutorial on how to find the grain. It is important for your fabric to be squarely on the grain or you will have a twisted pillowcase. Ask me how I know this.
Step 2: Cut Out Fabric Pieces
From Main Fabric, cut 1 piece that is 27” x 40”
From Coordinating Fabric, cut 1 piece that is 9” X 40”
From Trim Fabric, cut 1 piece that is 2” X 40”
Step 3: Understanding the Process
It is important to understand what each piece is called.
- The Main Fabric is the Pillowcase Body.
- The Coordinating Fabric is the Cuff and will wrap around the Pillowcase Body. Kind of like a burrito.
- The Trim will be in between the Pillowcase Body and the Cuff.
Step 4: Assembling the Pieces
Lay the Cuff out flat with the right side facing up.
Fun Idea: Embroider or applique a name on the cuff before assembling the pillowcase.
With wrong sides together, fold the trim piece in half lengthwise and press.
Step 5: Why It’s Called a Burrito
See how the Cuff wraps over the Pillowcase Body, like a burrito.
Pin through all layers of fabric.
Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew along the raw edge.
Fold back the Cuff and carefully pull out the Pillowcase Body.
Step 6: Side and Bottom Seams
Clip the corner where the side and bottom seam meet. This will help with the bulk when you turn the pillowcase.
Turn the Pillowcase wrong side out and press the seams down. Using something like a knitting needle or chopstick, push out the corners.
Now, the Pillowcase is facing right sides together. Pin the side and bottom seams.
Stitch the side and bottom seams using a 1/2” seam allowance.
Step 7: Finishing the Pillowcase
Turn the Pillowcase right side out and press the seams flat.
You now have enclosed French seams and the Pillowcase has no loose threads on the inside.
Voila! Finished size 30″ x 19″.