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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Comments

  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. 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!

  3. 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~

  4. 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.
    xo,
    Lisa

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. mari says

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

  8. 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.

    Thanks!

  9. 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!

  10. says

    I AM a beginner sewer and I want to make a pillow bed for a 10 year old and I néed 8 pillow cases .i bought 2 pillows ( gueen size) and that’s the size I want to make the pillows and I want sports .can I put the sports material on top and the bottom plain .im not sure how much material to buy for gueen .i want fleece and should I wash it first for shrinkage .should I buy extra if it shrinks .the pillows are extra firm .does that matter in buying material .thank you so much if you can help me .

    • 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.

  11. 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

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