Homemade Flannel Pillowcases

These easy-to-sew flannel pillowcases make a great gift for any occasion, and can be customized to fit every style.

| Fall 2019


Everybody loves a great homemade gift, especially one that’s practical. That’s why I made these flannel pillowcases for a Christmas gift exchange a few years ago. You, too, can make these with minimal sewing skills — either by hand or with a machine — but they’ll look like you put a lot of time and money into them. You may want to make an extra set for yourself, because who doesn’t like a soft, warm pillowcase on a cold winter night?

To make these pillowcases, use 100 percent cotton flannel fabric that’s 44 to 45 inches wide. You can choose contrasting fabrics, but make sure they complement each other. I like to use subtle stripes or checks for the body, and bold floral designs for the border. Stripes or geometric patterns can be tricky for the border, because they need to be cut precisely so the repetitions line up on the finished pillowcase. The fabric for the accent strip can be strongly colored, but be sure to prelaunder it separately from the other fabrics in hot water so the color doesn’t bleed onto the case later.


Tools & Materials

  • 2 yards subtle stripe or check flannel fabric for body
  • 1/2 yard complementary floral flannel fabric for border
  • 2-by-44-inch strip of plain, unpatterned flannel fabric for accent strips (2)
  • Sewing machine, optional but preferred
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutters and cutting mat, optional
  • Steam iron
  • Straight pins
  • Serger, optional

Sewing Instructions

These instructions show how to make a pair of rectangular pillowcases measuring about 20 inches wide by about 33 inches long. Most standard pillowcases are 20-by-26 inches. Super-standard pillowcases are 20-by-28 inches, and queen pillowcases are usually 20-by-30 inches.



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