How to Make a Toddler Pillowcase

There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today I made Henry a new pillowcase to match his drawstring bags. Who knew that one little pillowcase could make such a lot of difference to his life. He couldn’t wait to get into bed this evening!  If you’re having toddler bedtime battles, try making a new pillowcase… It’s so much cheaper than counseling. Here’s how to make one…

Toddler Pillowcase Tutorial

You will need:

  • One piece of fabric 150cm x 45cm
  • 1 x Cot bed pillow (40cm by 60cm)
  • Usual sewing supplies (thread, sewing machine, etc.)

To make the pillowcase:

  1. Turn in a double 0.5″ (12 mm) hem at each short edge of your long rectangle of fabric and pin. Machine stitch the hems.
    Toddler Pillowcase Tutorial
  2. Now fold (and iron) one hemmed edge down about 20 cm down. Then, fold the fabric in half (right sides together) and pin.
    Toddler Pillowcase Tutorial
  3. Sew (straight stitch and zig-zag stitch) along two of the open edges using a 1cm seam allowance, leaving the edges you hemmed earlier open.
  4. Finally, flip inside out and stuff with a pillow.

Just like that, you’ve made your child a new pillowcase. Sewing projects don’t get much easier than that. If you make one using this how-to, please send me a photo. I would love to see it! Oh, and If you’re planning to make a matching duvet cover here’s a how-to I made earlier.


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