How to Make a Pillowcase (Standard Size) in 15 Minutes
Learn how to make a pillowcase for your bed out of any fabric. It’s actually quite simple, and it’s a great beginner project. Side noteu2026this project is a great beginner sewing DIY that takes about 15 minutes from start to finish u2013 not bad, right?!
What are the dimensions for other pillowcase sizes?
A queen pillowcase measures 20 x 730 inches (51cm x 76cm), while a king pillowcase measures 20 x 36 inches (52cm x 92cm).
Supplies to Make a Pillowcase
For one or two pillowcases, 1-2 yards of fabric is sufficient.
How to Make a Pillowcase
The measurements below are for a standard size pillowcase; if you want to make a queen or king-sized pillowcase, the measurements will differ slightly. See step one measurement suggestions for different pillowcase sizes below.
1. Cutting your fabric.
If you want a King or Queen-sized pillowcase, cut two identical 29.5-inch-long and 21-inch-wide pieces of fabric, which will result in a 20-inch pillowcase when finished.
2. Fold fabric, iron, pin, and sew.
Fold the fabric over 3.5 inches (on the long end) to create a seam for the outer edges. Iron the folded part and pin it to keep it in place, then sew the bottom edge of that fabric to itself.
4. Pin the pieces together and sew.
Then sew a straight line between the right sides of the two fabric pieces, aligning the cuffs you made in steps 2 and 3. Pin the remaining three sides together with straight pins and sew a straight line.
This DIY standard pillowcase project is a great beginner sewing project that takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. 1-2 yards of fabric, depending on whether you’re making one or two pillowcasessewing machine. Quick note: The measurements below are for a standard size pillowcase. Sew the bottom edge of that fabric to create a faux-cuff, similar to a french seam.
How much fabric do I need for a small pillow?
Fabric Requirements for Pillow Covers
|Dimensions (Length by Width)||Amount of Fabric Needed for 1 Pillow Cover (Using 54-inch Wide Fabric with No Pattern Matching)|
|16 x 16 inches||1/2 yard|
|18 x 18 inches||5/8 yard|
|20 x 20 inches||3/4 yard|
|30 x 30 inches||1 yard|
How much bigger should a pillowcase be than the pillow?
If you’re buying a ready-made pillowcase, choose one that’s 1/2 to 1 inch longer than the pillow length and 2 1/2 to 4 inches wider than the pillow width.
How do you measure a pillowcase for a pillow?
Tips for Measuring
- For the most accurate results, use a firm (i.e., carpenter’s) tape measure rather than a flexible (i.e., tailor’s) measuring tape.
- DO NOT measure the pillow diagonally.
- Keep in mind that you will need to round up or down to the nearest 12 inch when ordering.
Will a king pillow fit in a queen pillowcase?
The extra length comes in handy for enhanced lumbar support, but two of them can fit snugly across a queen-sized bed, leaving no space between the pillows. King size pillows work perfectly with king pillowcases, which measure 20-21 inches by 36-41 inches.
How do you turn a pillowcase into a sham?
Save even more money by repurposing old toss pillows instead of purchasing new pillow forms.
- Turn the standard pillowcase inside out and smooth it out onto a flat surface.
- Measure 21 inches from the pillowcase’s sewn end.
- Cut across the pencil line while keeping the pillowcase flat and smooth.
How much fabric do I need for an 18 inch pillow?
No-sew pillows require more fabric: a 36-inch square (1 yard) is required for a 12- to 14-inch pillow, while an 18- to 20-inch pillow requires 1 1/4 yards of 54-inch fabric.
How do I calculate how much fabric I need?
Use this formula to figure out how much fabric you’ll need:
- The number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number) equals the width of fabric divided by the width of one piece. The total number of pieces divided by the number of pieces that fit into width equals the number of rows you need.
How much should I charge for sewing pillows?
Sewing Pillows or Cushions On average, a seamstress will charge anywhere from $15 to $50 for making pillows, depending on the size and design of the pillows; if the design is standard and no special details are required, we won’t be able to charge too much.
What size pillow goes in 18×18 cover?
We recommend using inserts that are 2″ larger all around than your finished pillow size, such as a 20×20 insert for an 18×18 pillow cover. This will ensure that your pillow looks plump and luxurious, whereas if the insert is too small, the pillow cover will look saggy.
What is standard pillow size?
|Pillow Sizes Chart|
|Standard Pillow Size||20″ x 26″|
|Super Standard Pillow Size||20″ x 28″|
|Queen Pillow Size||20″ x 30″|
|King Pillow Size||20″ x 36″|
How much bigger should a cushion cover be than the cushion?
We recommend using an insert that is about 5-6cm or 2″ larger than the cover for square cushion covers, and 2-3cm or 1″ larger than the cover for rectangular (lumber) cushions.
How do you measure for a pillow insert?
When it comes to pillow insert sizing, the general rule is to use inserts that are 1u2032u2032-2u2032u2032 larger than your pillow cover (I usually go 2u2032u2032 larger.) For example, if your pillow cover is 22u2032u2032 square, use a 24u2032u2032 square insert. Going a step larger with the insert creates a more voluminous, high-end look.
What size is a Euro pillow?
A euro sham pillow (also known as a euro pillow) is a decorative square pillow that is typically placed behind standard, queen, and king-sized pillows. The traditional size for euro sham pillows is 26″ x 26″.
Is it bad to sleep without a pillow?
If you sleep on your back or side, sleeping without a pillow may do more harm than good because it keeps your head flat, reducing stress on your neck and promoting better alignment. If you sleep on your stomach or side, sleeping without a pillow may do more harm than good because it keeps your spine neutral.