Learn how to make a pillowcase using the burrito method. This is a great sewing project for beginners, and it makes a great gift for kids!
Involving my kids in the sewing process can be really enjoyable. I haven't taught them to sew on their own yet, but I love letting them choose fabrics when I make them something. This way, they are much more likely to enjoy the completed project.
I've never bought or made my kids their own pillowcases, so as I slowly decorate their rooms, I thought adding a special pillowcase would be the perfect touch. We started looking at fabric online and they were able to choose the fabric they wanted.
The great thing about these pillowcases is that they use approximately 1.5 yards of fabric. You can choose from lots of fun prints and the sewing is all in straight lines!
I tried not to influence my children's choices by letting them discover different fabrics. My son chose a Harry Potter inspired print and my daughters each chose their own unicorn print. I love that the girls chose the unicorns so they could coordinate in their room.
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How much fabric does it take to make a pillowcase?
If you use a non-directional To print you will need 1 yard of fabric for the main section and 1/4 yard of fabric for the contrasting edge. You can also use a fat quarter for the contrasting edge.
If you use a directional To print you will need 1.25 yards of fabric for the main section and 1/4 yard of fabric for the contrasting edge. You can also use a fat quarter for the contrasting edge.
All three fabrics I used were directional, so I used that amount. I used a fat quarter for the edges as I will explain in the tutorial.
Make a pillowcase with the burrito method
- 1 to 1.5 meters of quilting cotton (check above for exact quantity) for the main section
- 0.25 meter or fat quarter of quilting cotton for a contrasting edge
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
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Start by cutting your long length fabric to size. I'll call this the big rectangle.
You need a large rectangle 27 inches wide by 40 inches high. The small rectangle should measure 9 inches wide by 40 inches high (you can use a large quarter which you can read about below).
Cut your contrasting fabric to size. I'll call this the little rectangle.
If you are using a fat quarter, you can cut it in half lengthwise and sew the short edges together.
When sewing the short edges together, open the seam. This may be a little longer than necessary, so be prepared to cut a little if necessary.
Lay the large rectangle flat with the right side up. Place the small rectangle with the right side down. The long edge of each rectangle should match one side. Pin these two long edges together.
Turn everything over so that the small rectangle is at the bottom. Start at the opposite long edge and begin rolling it into a tight tube.
Continue rolling the fabric into a tube until you start to see the contrasting fabric underneath.
Grab the long edge of the small rectangle and pull it up onto the tube of fabric. Match it to the pinned edge.
Remove the pins and pin the three layers of the long edges together: two sides of the small rectangle and one side of the large rectangle. This is your “burrito”.
Sew all three layers together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance along the long right edge (the bottom long edge in the image below). Backstitch when starting and stopping.
Start removing the tube from inside the contrasting fabric “burrito.”
Continue pulling until everything is turned right side out.
Unroll the fabric. Press the contrasting edge on both sides to make it nice and neat.
Fold the pillowcase in half with the wrong sides together, matching the short edges. The contrast should match on the same side. Pin the bottom of the pillowcase and the side of the pillowcase.
Sew both seams with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch.
Turn the pillowcase right side out and bring out the corners. Sew along the previous seam at 3/8 inch seam allowance. Backstitch when starting and stopping.
Turn the pillowcase right side out and push back the corners.
Make lots of fun pillowcases!
If you make something using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social networks with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!