Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Pocket Pillowcase Pattern & Tutorial...

Many thanks to those who left such sweet comments of encouragement about my Pocket Pillowcases that I blogged about earlier this week! I whipped up another pillowcase today and am publishing the pattern and tutorial for all to use. These pocket pillowcases would make a fabulous gift for a child or teenager. I love the different ideas of what could be stowed inside that little pocket -- to name a few: stuffed animals, books, journals, iPods, etc. You're sure to find interesting treasures in the pockets of these once the gift is given!

Pocket Pillowcase Pattern & Tutorial

You will need the following materials: 1 yard of flannel or cotton fabric, 1/4 yard of contrasting flannel or cotton fabric, thread, ric-rac (optional).

Tips: Use 1/2 inch seams unless otherwise specified. Press all fabric before cutting.

Fabric Layout

With the yard of flannel you will make the pillowcase back, pillow front and side panel front. To maximize your yardage do the following:

1. Cut the yard of fabric into two 20.5 inch x 34 inch rectangles. The measurement of 20.5 inches is approximate. You will need to cut the fabric in half lengthwise along the fold to make two pieces and then trim your selvage edges (self-finished edges of fabric) 1/4 inch to rid the fabric of most of the manufacturer's writing on the selvage.

2. Put one of the 20.5 inch x 34 inch rectangular pieces aside (pillowcase back). With the other 20.5 inch x 34 inch piece cut it to be 20.5 inches x 23 inches (pillow front) and put aside. Cut the remaining fabric into a 10 inch x 20.5 inch piece (side panel front).

With the 1/4 yard of contrasting fabric, you will make the side panel lining and the pocket.

3. Cut two pieces of fabric from this quarter yard -- one strip 10 inches x 19 inches (pocket), and the other 10 inches x 20.5 inches (panel lining).

Construction of Pillowcase

Attaching the Ric-Rac to Pocket:

1. Fold pocket in half to form a 10 inch x 9.5 inch "square". Press.

2. Pin the ric-rac to the underside of the folded seam and sew about 1/8 inch from seam. Press.

Construction of Side Panels:

1. Now we're going to make a tasty pocket sandwich! Place the pocket on top of the front side panel right sides up.

2. Place the panel lining right side down on top of the front panel and pocket. The pocket will be sandwiched in between panel pieces, like this...

3. Pin and sew seam.

4. Turn panels right side out and press.

5. Baste unfinished edges of side panel front (and pocket) and side panel lining together.

Attaching Side Panel to Pillow Front:

1. On the 20.5 inch edge of pillow front pin ric-rac and baste.

2. Pin side panel piece and pillow front right sides together and sew along seam.

3. Press seam toward pillow front.

4. Topstitch seam to pillow front.

Pillowcase Back:

1. On one of the 20.5 inch sides of pillowcase back, turn fabric 1/2" from edge and fabric and press.

2. Measure front pillowcase to determine exact length of the completed pillow front. (It should measure about 31.5 inches long.)

3. Turn over pressed edge of pillowcase back to measure the same length as the pillow front.

4. Pin and sew to make side hem for pillowcase back. Press...

Finishing Pillowcase:

1. Pin front to back, right sides together, along the three unfinished edges. Sew seams. Trim seams to 1/4 inch and zig-zag edges of seams.

2. Turn pillowcase right side out and press seams!

Whaaaalaaaaaa! Your pocket pillowcase is finished!

Please let me know if this tutorial was helpful!

To see more of my Pocket Pillowcases go here!

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~Carla~ said...

Thanks SO much! :) I'll link you up after I complete one!

Unknown said...

Thanks soooo much Suzanne! I can't wait to try one. I had already set this Friday aside to sew ALL DAY LONG!! Yipee! :)Now I will make a quick trip to Joannes tomorrow to purchase the flannel and Lord willing I will get 5 of these sweet little cases done for Christmas this weekend (along with a few other projects):). Thank you for sharing, I really do appreciate your ideas and your great tutorials!! :)

Marie said...

That is too cute! My kids would love one of these. Thanks for taking the time to post a tutorial with pictures. :)

amynr said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My little daughter and I are going to try to make some this weekend for her friends for Christmas! You are so wonderful for sharing this!

Janice said...

Love it! And a Magic Treehouse book to boot! My kiddo'd be in heaven!

Rose and Heather said...

So Cute, I would like to invite you to my Link Party, Crafty Lassie Tuseday. @
Hope to see you there, Rose

Unknown said...

Love the pattern combo! What a fun idea to keep everything in its place! I will be featuring this tomorrow!

Christy said...

These are so great! Im coming over from TT&J link party and I am your newest follower. I've been looking around and you have a great site. Can't wait to see what I learn from you. :)

Julie H said...

Oh that's so cute and would make a great Christmas gift with some stuff in the pocket!

Boden said...

What a wonderful idea! Your pocket pillowcase is absolutely gorgeous! I would love it if you linked up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at


MrsTerri said...

Thank you so much for the great idea! I've been thinking about what to make for my nephews. I have now decided!! Thanks so much.


Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

I love this and want one for myself. Ha!

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Anna said...

What a cute idea for a fun Christmas gift!!! I love it, Suzanne!

Kate @ craftwhatever said...

What a cool idea! Found you at Skip to My Lou. I am pretty sure I would use this for my lists, planner, and phone!

Chris said...

Hi Suzanne, what a great idea for Christmas gifts. Something homemade is always welcome, it means that you put lots of thought and love into the gift. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following. Please pop on over to mine and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would really like that. Hugs, Chris

sbreid said...


I just finished making three of your pocket pillowcases for my grandchildren. They turned out adorable. Thanks so much for the great idea.

Unknown said...

I adore this! Thank you!!

Andrea Z said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I have just enough skill to get myself into trouble, and had no problem making the adorable pillowcase. Thanks!

Lisa said...

Thankyou for this great tutorial. I had forgotten to buy a secret Santa present for my daughter for school tomorrow. This worked perfectly. So quick and easy but looks amazing. xx

Mrs B said...

Thank you for this pattern. I have trying to think about how to make a pocket that looked nice and functioned on a pillow case. I am going to make a few before I go into the hospital. Great place to keep my ipod and sleep mask.

Julie H said...

I finally made one of these! It turned out really cute. I'm going to make them for Christmas gifts for the nieces and nephews.

Unknown said...


I am a 43 year old South African chocolate skin woman and I started sewing in December 2015 and it is amazing what I am learning and I am still taking my big baby steps.

I just love your pocket pillow, I am going to make one for my two sisters, my daughter and myself, it is just amazing.

Keep up the good work.