Last Minute Gift Sewing: Kid’s Pillow Cases

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My last minute gift sewing continues.  Next up on the sewing table are fun pillow cases for the nieces and nephews.  This is a very quick project.  I can make several pillow cases a night.



  • 1 to 1 ¼  yd of cotton fabric in the kid’s favorite color or theme.  I made 4 so far:  2 with kitties, 1 owl, 1 Batman.
    You need 1 yd if it’s a solid, non-directional prints or prints that run along the bolt.
    SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAYou need 1 ¼ if the print goes from selvage to selvage.  I’m looking at you JoAnn’s Snuggle Flannel Fabric.Batman Directional Print
  • 1 yd ribbon, trim or in my case fold over elastic (FOE) cuz I have oodles of it.


Making the “pattern”

To figure out the pattern, I did some sleuthing around the house.  I measured some pillow cases from the bed and found that the finished size was 20” high and 26-30” wide.  I wasn’t sure if kids had smaller pillows so I looked up pillow cases on and  There was no difference so I proceeded with 20” x 30”.  I wasn’t all that worried about being exact since the kids can’t tell and pillows have a squish factor so fit shouldn’t be a problem.  I cut a rectangle roughly 41” by 35 ½”.


Pillow Case Hem

Press under a seam allowance of 3/8”-1/2” at what will be the opening of the pillow case.  Press under 4 ½” for what I would call the pillow case “hem”.  Lastly, I pressed a crease to mark the edge of the hem so I can tell where it is from the right side of the fabric.

Press Hem

To attach the fold over elastic I laid it on the right side of the pillow using the crease mark as a guide.  Make sure that the FOE is over the pillow case hem so that when you attached the FOE you’re also sewing the hem shut also.  I stitched down the middle of the FOE using the fold as a guide.  Then I went back and stitched along both edges of the FOE.  I used contrasting thread for the top, and matching thread on the underside/bobbin.

Fold Over Elastic

Sewing the Pillow Case

Fold the fabric in half with wrong sides together with 1/4″ seam allowance.  Stitch the two open sides of the pillow case closed.

Stitch wrong sides togetherTurn the pillow inside out and stitch using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  This will enclose the seams for a tidy and sturdy finish.

Enclosed seamsTa-da!  You’re finished.

Finished pillow case

These pillow cases helped me check off several names off my gift list in no time.  If you give these pillow cases a try, let me know how they turn out.

Ready for gift givingHappy (holiday) sewing,

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