Easy Pillowcase Tutorial: Featuring Color Me Fabric

Today, I am sharing how to make a super duper easy pillowcase, as shown in my Color Me Fabric post from Friday.  These pillowcases are so easy to whip up that you will want to make a bunch for friends, family and even charity!color me pillowcase cover

The border print fabrics from my fabric line run from selvedge to selvedge, as shown in this photo.   The best part about this is that you can cut that fabric in half and use the main picture as the front of the pillowcase and then the upper part of the fabric for the back of the pillowcase!  Then, the allover print can be used for the contrasting pillow case cuff.

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You will cut:

-2 cuff pieces:  13 inches tall by 21 inches wide
-2 main pieces:  27 inches tall by 21 inches wide

For the main piece, be sure to pay attention to which way the picture is running.  You will want the picture to run side to side of the finished pillow case.

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With right sides together and a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the cuff pieces together along the 2 short edges, as shown by the blue lines.  Finish the seams by using a zig zag stitch or serger.  Turn right sides out and press seams.

With right sides together and a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the main pieces together along the 3 sides, as shown by the blue lines. Be sure to leave 1 short end open.  Finish the seams by using a zig zag stitch or serger.  Turn right sides out and press seams.

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Once the cuff pieces have been sewn together, fold it in half with wrong sides together.  The cuff piece will now be 6.5 inches tall.  Press seams.color me 18

Slide the cuff piece onto the open end of the main pillow case.  Make sure to line up the raw edges of the pillow case and the cuff.  Sew together with 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Finish seam with a zig zag stitch or serger.color me 17

Flip the cuff up.  Press seam towards the main pillowcase.   Topstitch the seam.color me 19

Close up of the topstitched area.IMG_3285

You are all finished!  As always, let me know if you are confused or have any questions.  I am always happy to help!color me 21

Here is what the backs look like.color me pillowcase 3

Time to get started on coloring!  Prewashing and drying the fabric is recommended to shrink to size and to remove anything on the fabric.  Once the fabric has been colored on with fabric markers, simply wash on cold/gently and hang dry to retain the vibrancy of the colors!

Before coloring, cut some cardboard to size and slide into the pillowcase.  This will not only prevent bleeding of the markers, but also give a sturdy surface for coloring.






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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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27 Responses to Easy Pillowcase Tutorial: Featuring Color Me Fabric

  1. Stephanie Huenink February 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    LOVE these Hayley! I am pinning this for later, my boys are going to love these!

  2. Lisa February 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    What is the return on the print?

  3. Erin February 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    The pillowcases are the perfect way to show off these prints. I bet your kiddos are so proud of you and this fabric!! 🙂

  4. Veronica February 23, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    What is it about kids and pillowcases? My kids love them, and this project would make them squeal and go crazy with excitement! Congratulations on the fabric line, too!

  5. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors February 23, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    Hayley, I love these too! Great tutorial. I can’t wait until my grandkids are a little older, they would love to do this activity!

  6. Carol February 25, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    I live in BC, Canada. Where can I order this material?

  7. Pam February 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    Where can this material be purchased

  8. Ali February 26, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    Brilliant! Will make ideal gifts, so hard to buy pressies for kiddie winks these days. ✂️

  9. Keneatha February 26, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Where can I order the fabric?

  10. Laura February 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Hayley, these are beyond amazing! Super exciting and fun! Gift ideas are filling my head.

  11. vicky myers February 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    They are just beautiful, love them:)

  12. Pam March 11, 2015 at 4:07 pm #


  13. Alejandra June 27, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Hi Hayley,

    This is brilliant and thanks for the tutorial. Do you think 1m. of the main fabric would be enough for the pillow?
    Thanks, Alejandra

  14. Cathleen July 17, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    This is the CUTEST thing I have seen in a very long time…and I’m a serious pinterest addict. Yea! I so hope I win your giveaway, but these look easy enough for me to make too. Great work! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  15. Jennifer July 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Love, Love, Love this fabric! Can you direct me where to buy online? I used the store locater search on Michael Miller’s site but the stores that came up didn’t carry it. With 4 children at home and a deployed husband, going into a fabric store is a daunting task:) Can’t wait to have your beautiful creation!

    • Hayley August 5, 2015 at 11:16 am #

      Hi Jennifer. Try Fabric.com or Fatquartershop.com.

  16. Gina December 7, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Love, love your fabrics & this tutorial!! Can’t wait to surprise the kids at Christmas!

    I’m wondering how well the color has lasted on your kids pillowcases after washing? These particular markers that you have in the pictures are the ones I’m referring too? Or which brand would you recommend?



  17. Mary December 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Please include prewash/washing instructions. Also, should the ink be heat set with an iron once completed?

    • Hayley January 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      Hi Mary. I don’t recommend fabric softener when washing. I would follow the recommendation on the fabric marker packaging because it may vary.

  18. Joni S. January 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    So it looks like I will need (at least) a 27″ cut or 3/4 yard of the border print fabric, as well as (at least) a 13″ cut of the allover fabric? Love this. Please let me know if my “math understanding” is correct.

  19. Pat Clark March 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    1.How much of each fabric do I need to buy?

    2. Is it a good idea to wash and iron the fabric before making the pillowcase?

  20. Barb Bee April 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

    What . Would you back it with for a tablecloth??

    • Hayley April 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

      Maybe a waterproof nylon?

  21. Veritable Top Towing in Austin TX October 27, 2017 at 1:23 am #

    Well this is timely. I am making pillowcases for my daughters for Christmas and I am familiar with french seams so now I don’t have to think at all!


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