Sometimes the stash will contain leftover fabric, or people will give me cotton fabric that isn’t suitable for garments, so I use it to make pillowcases or aprons. I took the measurements off of pillowcases I already had, but since I am often hunting around for my instructions, it seems like a good idea to put them on the sewing blog so I can refer to them if necessary. In addition to regular size pillows, I also have a big body pillow that is kept at the head of the bed. For this pillow I make two kinds of pillowcases – cotton ones for summer and long fleece ones for winter. Since this pillow mostly serves as a backrest, the fleece cases are bright and decorative and cozy. Here are my measurements:
The Regular Pillowcase has a fold on one side and a seam on the other. The seam allowances are 3/8″ throughout.
My pillowcases are pretty plain with no embellishments. I just let the fabric speak for itself.
According to the University of Utah Cooperative Extension, pillowcase measurements are as follows:
Standard – 20 1/2″ x 30″ Mine is a little narrower than this, but works fine. It’s easy to add width if needed.
Queen – 20 ½” x 34″
King – 20 ½” x 40″
Lots of people add a contrast band around the top which looks great and also uses up smaller scraps.