DIY Pillowcase with the (Easy) Burrito Method

Pillowcases are about the quickest, easiest, and most useful project I know. They make great gifts, can be customized for holidays or using specific patterns, and I love making them in flannel as camping pillowcases for my family! With a total of 5 straight lines to sew, this project comes together quickly as a beginner or a group project.

Supplies

Here is what you’ll need and how to make it, with several pro tips along the way!

I would recommend using a non-directional print, which means a pattern that doesn’t matter which direction it is used. It isn’t a must, but my favorite pillowcases are all non-directional! You can use quilting cotton for holiday or themed pillowcases, and as I said earlier I like soft flannel for my family’s set of camping pillowcases. A high quality fabric will ensure these hold up also! This tutorial is for a twin size pillow.

You will need 3/4 yard (27 inches) of your main fabric, and 1/4 yard (9 inches) for the accent fabric.

Wash, Dry & Cut

Cut your main fabric to 27″ x 41″, and your accent to 9″ x 41″. If you are using scrap material, you can alter the lengths of these to use what you have. For example, you could use 25″ of you main fabric and 11″ of your accent. The goal is to end up with 36″ total!

Burrito Time!

Now line up your fabrics along the long edge to sew. First, lay your accent fabric down. Next, place your main fabric on top of that, aligning the raw edges. If you used a directional print, this is a good time to think about what direction you want it to lay. Now, roll your main fabric into itself, and wrap the other side of the accent material around and back onto itself. Check out the picture for a visual! Pin these 3 layers together. Make sure your roll of main fabric is out of the way from where you will be stitching!

Next, sew your 3 layers together using a short stitch!

Now, pull the main fabric through itself so you can see the right sides out! Press that seam well. At this point, you will have one large piece of material, with the cuff sewn in place at the end. I like to use french (or enclosed) seams for the rest of the seams, so that the pillowcase will be durable through washing. This is especially helpful for camping where you’ll want frequent good washes between trips.

Final Construction

Fold the pillowcase in half Wrong Sides Together, aligning each side. Take special note to line up where the cuffs will be sewn together on the side.

Now, sew around your pillowcase. Now trim the edges close to the sea. Flip the pillowcase so it is now Right Sides Together. Sew around the same 2 sides of the pillowcase once more, enclosing that seam so it has a finished, professional and durable look!

4 Responses

  1. I have made several pillow cases using this style of pattern. It is my go to pattern for kids pillowcases. Easy to go together in a very short time.

    1. I would calculate the finished dimensions of a queen sized pillow case, add at least a 1/2″ seam allowance (as the enclosed French seams are usually 1/4″ sewn, trimmed, turned then second
      1/4″ seam to finish the bottom & side seams. You can look online for the various pillow case finished sizes. I have taught beginner sewing classes & this is a very popular project frequently given as gifts for friends & family. Good luck with this project!

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