Lace Trimmed Standard Pillowcase Tutorial

DIY Lace Trimmed Pillow Cases: At Home on the Bay

Nothing says spring like pastel flowered fabrics and fresh pink roses, and I’m so ready to welcome the warmer nights and longer days after a few weekends of snow. To add a touch of spring, I made some simple standard pillowcases with French seams and lace trim.  They are easy to make and a good project for a beginner sewer.

DIY: Lace Edge Pillow Case

Materials for One Standard Pillowcase with Lace Trim:

1 yard of 45″ wide fabric

 1-1/2 yards of trim

 coordinating thread

sewing machine, iron, scissors, pins

Pre-wash and dry the fabric and trim.

DIY: Lace Edge Pillow Case1. Fold fabric in half with selvage edges together, press.

2. Cut length to 33 inches long and trim selvage edges off.

Standard Pillowcase with Lace Trim Tutorial

3. Open fabric out with wrong side up.  Turn up bottom raw edge 1/2 inch and press.

4. Turn up bottom edge 1/2 inch again and press.  Pin in place.

5. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew.

6. Turn fabric right side up with hem at bottom.  Pin trim to top of hemmed edge using sewing line as a guide (cover sewing line with trim). Using a straight or zig-zag stitch, sew trim in place.

DIY: Lace Edge Pillow Case7. For French seams, fold fabric wrong sides together with hem at bottom.  Pin raw edges together.

8. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew raw edges. With scissors, clip corner being careful not to clip any stitches.

9. Turn pillowcase inside out and press.

10. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew.  This step encases all the raw edges.  Turn pillow case right side out and press.

You are done!

DIY: Lace Edge Pillow Case

You can make one, or you can make a whole bunch like I did.

DIY: Lace Edge Pillow Case

I’m ready for spring.

If flowers aren’t your thing, these would be beautiful in linen and lace or white cotton and lace.

Find tips for adding lace to store bought pillowcases here.

Find more DIY pillow ideas here.

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  1. says

    Well there it is in black and white…..and pretty spring florals! I want to get started on my redwork pillowcases but I have to stitch up the pillowcases first. How’s that for timing?! The fabrics you’ve chosen are lovely. Thanks for the tutorial, Mary!

    • says

      For a king size pillow case you would need 1 1/4 yards of fabric and 1 1/2 yards of trim (the trim is the same for either size). Follow the instructions as for the standard pillowcase except adjust the length from 33″ to 43″ long. King size pillowcases are approxiamately 10″ longer than standard. I hope that helps you.

  2. Bernita says

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  3. Terri says

    What a lovely nod to spring :)

    I’ve made some flannel pillowcases to be bed and pillow covers for the cats at the no-kill shelter where I volunteer. (Of course, I didn’t bother to put decorative trim on them.) French seams are absolutely wonderful as these pillowcases get rough use and hard washing!

  4. says

    Oh I love these!! I was just gearing up to learn how to hand crochet the edging — and I may still do that — but meanwhile, this is so pretty and cute and I have lots of trims that need using. I know what I’m going to be working on as soon as I get well!! ~Angela~

  5. says

    I really love your choice of fabrics, and the trims take it over the top! These are a breath of fresh air! Happy Monday from the enchanted oven.

  6. says

    I love this idea! I love to use all white bedding and think these floral pillows would be such a great way to add spring to the room! I really like the special touch of adding the lace. I’m a beginner sewer, so I might have to try this! Pinning. I found you at 6 days of spring link party!

  7. gale vanderella says

    Thanks so much for simplifying how to sew a pillowcase for me:) Have seen many others on pinterest but this one is so simply for me with all the photos! Thanks again!

  8. mari says

    Lovely! I’m going out now to get some fabric. Thanks for the idea, it will set off my bedroom perfectly.

  9. Lisa says

    Ran into this via Pinterest … love it! And I think it’s brilliant to make a “mini” one for pictures! I haven’t seen that before but much easier to view online.


  10. deborah says

    I’m loving these pillow cases, and can’t wait to get started. I’m intrigued by the French seams, but I’m having a hard time envisioning the end result. Does encasing all the raw edges just make it prettier on the inside? Not judging, I think it’s a nice touch. Lol!

  11. says

    If you are making two pillows you will need 2 yards of fabric and 3 yards of trim. If you buy fleece, I would make the whole pillow in the fleece, and wash the fabric before sewing. I’m not sure how much your fabric will shrink. Each fabric is different. Sometimes I ask the clerk at the fabric store her opinion on whether the fabric will shrink a lot or not.

  12. says

    So inspired by this post. I saw it and immediately wanted to put my Polynesian twist to it for island home decor. Your tutorial is simple and easy to follow. Love your blog. I am a beginner blogger and getting more regular about my posting. I am working on my own design business from home, very slowly. I really enjoy your posts, they inspire my creativity! Mahalo for sharing. ~ Aloha, Dani

  13. says

    Hi there, just saw you featured over at Jennifer’s Charming Home Series. Your home and blog are both so beautiful and inspiring. The pillows you made are so sweet, I just love the mix of fabrics!!
    Sally @cottagefix

  14. Chris says

    Hi, these are lovely. For the blue trim, does it come…. bound? Did you have to snip it between each tassel to free the threads? I love this look, but couldn’t find anything at the fabric store similar. I am wondering if I am looking for the wrong item. This appears to look more like rail road tracks when you buy it, then individual tassels.
    I really love how you made these. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m a beginner (can ya tell? 😉 ) so it’s quite helpful!


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