How To Make a Pillowcase – Join the 1-Million Pillowcase Challenge!

December 19th, 2011

It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of another season! Wow, the time flies! We hope you’ve enjoyed these past 12 episodes! We’d love to know about the things you’ve been making this season! You can post on our Facebook page and share the fun!

In the meantime, we have one last episode to wrap up Season 4! Learn how to make an easy pillow-case! Once you learn this fun method, you’ll be making them for everyone and for every occasion! We’ve started a tradition now of making them for our children for each holiday in fun fabrics!

Also, we’d like to encourage you to be a part of the 1-Million Pillowcase Challenge — an amazing way to use your time and talents to benefit cancer patients, foster children, and others. Read all about it here and learn how you can become involved. Kris’ quilt shop, “My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe”,  is also an official drop-off center for these pillowcases, as well as hundreds of others across the country.

We hope you have a wonderful week! We sincerely thank you for being a part of our show. We appreciate your support, kindness, and enthusiasm!
-Kim & Kris

  • Connie T
    December 19, 2011 at 5:52 am

    FANTASTIC…I have seen and Heard many times about the Burrito Pillow Case…but you made it look even Simpler!! THANKS…and have to admit and let out a HUGE “SIGH” now that season 4 has ended…and YES OF COURSE…LOVED it ALL!! Will be excited for season 5!!

  • Sharon Aitchison
    December 19, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I think you need to make another segment for the Pillow Case episode … showing the French Seam. It finishes pillow cases so professionally, and it’s not hard for people to learn!!! GO FOR IT!

  • Chris Pennifold
    December 19, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Dear Kim and Kris,

    That was absolutely brilliant. What a great way of doing a pillowcase, I can see lots of opportunities to do these. Thanks for such fun and easy projects to do, I’ve loved every episode of your creativity. Love Chris

  • pottersquid
    December 19, 2011 at 11:20 am

    That’s a great method and so easy!! I would like to try it, but because I have a basic 50 pound (yes i am british) sewing machine I don’t think it will be able to cope with all the layers… I think I’ll get so cheap christmas fabric at the end of this season, so I can have one for Christmas eve next year!!!

  • Jill Harris
    December 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Thanks guys!!! I’ve had some Cars fabric that I intended to make a pillowcase for my grandsone for a while now. I am so excited to put it together now that you have shown me a way to do it. You guys are the greatest =)

  • December 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I am a foster mom. I have done these for years. I let the child pick out their fabric. You have no idea what these mean to these children. I have even done a set of holiday pillowcases for the year for two elderly aunts in our family. They were thrilled and it lets them know all year how much they mean to you every time they use one. Thanks for all your great ideas. Carla

  • Rita DeCook
    December 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    this method would be great for making nap-sacks for kids (especially kindergartners) to take to school to take naps in, or bigger kids for sleepovers, etc., or even “bigger” kids to cozy up in the winter watching TV, etc.

  • Kathy Kauth
    December 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Fantastic, I think I want to do one for each one of my 5 grandchildren and put a pocket in it for their Christmas wishes, each year they can look back at what they wished for. Thank you girls I am inspired already for next year.

  • December 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    It’s been great to watch you another season!!!

  • Amy Bohner
    December 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Well…no sleeping during your shows…that’s for sure. Love the case. Looks like there will be sweet dreams in my future! Looking forward to a new set of shows. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! {How many sleep sayings can I put in one short comment?

  • December 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    you guys are terrific,i always love new ideas to craft and sew ,i have 4 grandchildren from 3 beautiful daughters,the funny thing is i’m making sweet little things for my grandchildren and my daughters who are 37,35,and 29 say ohhhhh mama i want one,thank you so much for your great ideas,i dont miss a week watching your episode through facebook,unfortunatly i cany sew very many of them due to the fact i’m on disability and can’t afford very much fabric,but i adore watching the creations you’all do.thanks again and God bless you,liz weldon

  • Aspen
    December 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I have a question. Was the 2.5 inch strip is it half of 2.5 or after so having it start a 5 inches? And then do you know how to make those chalk borad pillows I think that they would be fun to make.

  • mary
    December 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve used this method to make school themed pillowcases for my daughters. I agree with Sharon above, you should have taken the extra time and showed everyone how easy the French seam method is to do and it encases all of the raw edges on the pillowcase, so easy to do!

  • December 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Love this technique! My little quilt groups makes pillowcases for the local homeless shelter and also for ConKerr Cancer — a charity that donates pillowcases to children with cancer, founded by Cindy Kerr who lost her own son to cancer.

    Love your shows. Merry Christmas!

  • Joyce Jacobs
    December 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I love this girls! I have never seen or heard of this idea before and can’t wait to do it! Looking forward to season 5.

  • December 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love this episode! Thank you for the great instructions, I can’t wait to get started making beautiful pillowcases for such a great cause. This is the perfect project to teach my daughter to sew, and to give!

  • Marietta
    December 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Nothing beats a new charity project! Thanks from Florida and Happy Holidays to you twins

  • Peg Miller
    December 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I just love you girls! I have sooooooooooooo enjoyed your episodes. So far, I’ve made the dressmaker pin cushion and today, I believe I’ll try my hand at pillowcases! Merry Christmas and I look forward to your next session.

  • christine c
    December 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    This is super easy. I did it with my 3rd grade Brownie Troop last year! Our troop of 6 did it as an afterschool project and were able to make and donate about 30 pillowcases which went to a local women’s shelter and to help victims of the Joplin, Mo. tornado. The girls loved it!

  • Linda Rydberg
    December 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I have 11 grandchildren and I have made “holiday” pillowcases for them and they just love to receive them! I love this method though! Makes it so much cleaner! Thanks… love your show!

  • Marilyn Snow
    December 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Ladies,
    I’ve been using this method for a while now. I often leave off the 2 1/2 strip to cut down on bulk, but I will use a contrast thread and a decorative stitch along the egde of the cuff to create a finished look.

  • December 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks again for making this a clear and simple project. I have one thing to add;
    French seams are very simple for the side.; place wrong side together and seam stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance, turn out to wrong side and seam stitch 1/2″. you now have a French Seam. SEW easy.
    When making multiples, chain stitch a bunch at the serger, with a 7mm stitch using all 4 needles.
    Merry Christmas to all.
    Great Season 4!!!

  • Carla
    December 20, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I LOVE that blue flannel that you used for the pillowcase, was that from Joanns or from your shop?? Do you know who makes it?? Great episode!!!!



  • Lourna
    December 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

    supernice! this is something new method for me…gonna try
    thanks for your wonderful and interesting shows…

    merry christmas to you both!
    greetings from a filipina in sweden

  • Ricki Duke
    December 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    This was a great episode. Love this idea. Can’t wait for my machine to get out of the shop so I can sew. What a time for it to break down on me!!!!!!! :(

  • Janelle
    December 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I just wanted to say that after yesterday’s episode my oldest and youngest and I ran out and picked out fabric for all 4 of my kids to have a new pillowcase! After spending the day making away too many sugar cookies I finally had a chance to make these…and I did 3 of them in about 45 minutes from start to finish…soooo simple! (the 4th one I’ll do today because I only bought a 1/4 yd…shopping is tricky with kids). But my point is that these little babies whip out in no time flat and all of them LOVED their own special pillowcase from mom! Thanks guys!

  • December 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    that is such a neat technique, I’ve never heard of a french seam will have to google that :)
    Such a great cause too, tfs!

  • Jann Webb
    December 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I made ten for each grandchild for Christmas. Did one for all holidays and then some of personal interests (lizzards, cats, music notes, or college colors, etc.) I got better the more I made. Now I’m gonna’ make some for a travel size pillows for the 2 infant grandkids!

  • kathy t.
    December 21, 2011 at 6:06 am

    just finished making two of these, one for my son, and one for his friend. They are remembrances of their recent musical theater show, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown! I used Peanuts character fabric for the main, a Charlie Brown yellow for the skinny strip and some blue with stars for the edge. Sooo Cute!

  • Mary G
    December 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Is there a pdf version or just cutout directions?

  • Prissy
    December 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Wonderful method! I cannot wait to try it for the grandkids. Thanks for all of your cute ideas.

  • Terri Denney
    December 25, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Love the pillowcase. How easy is that. Your demo of the 10 minute table runner was so easy. I went right home and made it. Love your shop

  • Terri Denney
    December 25, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Love the pillowcase. How easy is that. Also, your in store demo of the 10 minute table runner was so easy. I went right home and made it. Love your shop

  • Lisa Hargrove
    December 27, 2011 at 1:37 am

    This is so much fun, I monogrammed my granddaughters name on their pillow cases!

  • Suzanne haiker
    December 28, 2011 at 7:04 am

    We really love this pillow idea, I am a medium level seamstress, and.
    I just bought a sewing machine for my 20 year old daughter (she has never sewn). So, we were unclear with the pattern size, you give only one measurement , ie 3/4 yard, by what?
    Thanks so much

  • December 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Suzanne! Your measurements will be 3/4 yard of fabric which means when it comes off the bolt, it’s by the width of your fabric. Do the measurements are 27″ by 45″ (for the 3/4), 9″ by 45″ (for the 1/4) and then that small strip ends up being 2 1/2″ by 45″. Hope that helps! Have fun making the cases!

  • Toni
    December 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    What an awesome idea! I love the idea too from Lisa Hargrove about monograming her Granddaughters names on the cases. When I make quilts, I deliver them in home made muslin cases – so it would be a neat idea to make the 2 and 1/2 strip out of one of the pieces of left over fabric. When giving as gifts, I could embroider the persons name on the case too. Thanks for ramping up the gears in my head, once again. Will have to make some for the Pillowcase challenge – so many people have so many needs – now I just need to sew – sew- sew. Thanks for sharing.

  • December 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    One of the cutest things ever! How easy and fast. And it has so much potential for trims and accents. Thanks for introducing this method to me. It’s going to be perfect for my sewing club of beginners!

  • Julie
    December 31, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love this pillow case and would like to try it. I figured out that 3/4 of a yard would b 75″ x 36″. Then it needs 1/4 yard for a coordinating fabric. What dimensions is this? Can anyone help?

  • Julie
    December 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Please ignore / delete my previous question. I just saw the answer posted right after I sent it. So much for the wrong measurements for the 3/4 yard that I found on the internet. I’ll try to project tomorrow.

  • Rebecca
    January 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    My daughter was in an accident last year, since then she has had many hospital stays. The pillow case that have been donate are so nice to receive. It makes the room more comfy, I just cannot express how wonderful and special they are. They really do mean slot to the kids that receive them. So thank you to each and every person that has given their time to make one.

  • Silvia
    January 8, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I agree with Rebecca. These pillow cases can make such a huge difference to a child who has to stay overnight (or for several nights) in a hospital. It just makes them feel special and brightens up what is usually a dreary or cold/stark room. My son was in the hospital for several days over Father’s Day weekend this past year, and he just really cherished his super bright and cheery pillowcase. He wouldn’t use any other pillow, unless it was propped underneath the new one. :-) So a big thank you to all who have given their time and donated these cases.

  • Ava Smith
    January 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Enjoyed learning your technique of rolling the fabric to start making the pillowcase. This technique is easy for young sewists too! Will try it with my students!
    Will also make several, then sew all at once!

    Thank you!

  • January 15, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Maybe I should make my own pillowcase too. That way, I can save money. Thank you for sharing this to us.

  • Amberosia Weston
    February 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I’ve been watching you guys for a little bit now and just realized you’re from LOGAN UTAH?!?! I had no idea!!! I know “My girlfriends quilt shop” sounded familiar!! I’m also from Logan. :) LOVE watching you guys, Keep up the good work, and when I get back to Logan I will be in the shop for sure!!! LOVE all the pincushions…I’m officially becoming a pincushion finatic, (thanks to you guys 😉 )

  • Brenda
    February 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Hope all is okay — truly miss you 2!!

  • February 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Just discovered your delightful site via Decor8. I LOVE your shows! Can’t wait to peruse the entire site!

  • Cindy Lane
    February 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I want to make your pillowcase but need a pattern.

    Cindy Lane

  • Holly
    February 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    When does your next episode begin?

  • Mo Clowes
    February 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Only recently discovered your wonderfully inspiring site, watched daily for your new creations and have enjoyed going through your archive episodes too while eagerly awaiting your new designs. I have never before written to a website and sincerely hope you are both well. Look forward to seeing back on our screens to nurture and encourage our growing skills. Thank you for sharing your many talents.

  • Ann
    March 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Is there going to be a season 5?

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  • Lorene Nelson
    March 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I Made 9 of these pillowcase for Xmas so over whelmed with the way they were so easy and fas to make. I didn’t know when to quit.

  • Connie B
    April 30, 2012 at 2:05 am

    love this idea..looks easy, I’m gonna try this…Thanks

  • May 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I love these! I can’t wait to make a few for gifts and share on my blog.

  • Brianne
    August 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks! Easy to follow your tutorial. I am going to make a pair of Christmas cases for every family member this year, including myself for a change! They are perfect for all ages and both men and women. :) Also, you 2 are adorable. I am an identical twin, so I know how fun THAT is!

  • April
    August 20, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I bought 1 yd. of cotton fabric (45″) and the coordinating trim. I bought this fabric before I saw these instructions. How to make this using 1 yd. main and 5 1/2″ (45″) for the trim?

  • October 29, 2012 at 3:29 am

    That’s a great guide and easy to make. Would really make a unique Christmas or Birthday present. Excellent!

  • JoJo
    December 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Why didn’t you finish the pillow case?

  • Kimberley Mickle
    December 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    My showed my mom how to make this pillowcase and she made one for her granddaughter for Christmas 2012. It turned out really nice and she loved the idea!!! I’m so happy that I found your website.

  • February 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Do you have directions on how to make a childs dress from a pillowcase? What great shortcut on making a pillowcase.

  • Toni
    August 20, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I just finished my first pillowcase. What fun!!! Used my serger to finish all the seams. Worked great!! Thanks for the fun and easy way to make pillowcases. I’ll be making more.

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    December 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

    hi Kris, Kim ,
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