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How to Make a Standard Pillowcase

This DIY standard pillowcase project is a great beginner sewing DIY and takes about 15 minutes from start to finish - not bad right?! Click through for the tutorial.
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: diy, pillowcase, quick sewing project, sewing, standard pillowcase
Author: Brittni


  • 1-2 yards of fabric depending on if you're making one pillowcase or two
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • straight pins
  • thread
  • scissors


  • Quick note: The measurements below are for a standard size pillowcase. If you want to make a queen or king size pillowcase instead, the measurement will vary slightly, but the adjustments will be minor. See below measurement suggestions in step one for different pillowcase sizes.

Cut fabric down to size.

  • Start by cutting two identical size pieces of fabric, that are each 29.5 inches long and 21 inches wide. This will create a 20x26 inch pillowcase when finished.
    *If you wanted a Queen size pillowcase instead, you would cut two pieces of fabric that are 33.5 inches long and 21 inches wide. And if you wanted a King size pillowcase, you would cut two pieces that are 39.5 inches long and 21 inches wide.

Fold, iron, pin, and sew.

  • Create a seam for the outer edges of the pillowcase by folding over the fabric 3.5 inches (on the long end - where the opening will be). Then iron down the folded part and pin it, to keep it in place. Sew the bottom edge of that fabric to itself. This will create a faux cuff, kind of similar to the look of a french seam.

Repeat step 2 with the second piece of fabric.

  • Then put the right sides of the two fabric pieces together, line up the cuffs that you create in steps 2 and 3. The cuffs side is the opening side of the pillow. Pin the remaining three sides together with straight pins (be sure to keep the cuffed in open) and sew a straight line around the edges of the aiming three sides of the pillowcase.

Flip the pillowcase right side out and it's ready to use.


    What size is a standard pillowcase?

    A standard size pillowcase measures 20 inches by 26 inches (51 cm by 56 cm). 

    What are the dimensions for other pillowcase sizes?

    A queen size pillowcase is 20x30 inches (51cm x 76cm). And a king size pillowcase is 20 x 36 inches (51 cm x 92 cm).