Pillowcase with Liberty cuff

—By Heather

Two questions I hear around the store on a regular basis are:

1. “Do you have a pattern for pillowcases?”
2. “What can I do with a small amount of Liberty?”

Today you are in luck! Allow me to introduce the tutorial for a pillowcase with french seams and Liberty lawn cuff. One half yard of Liberty will make two pillowcases cuffs.


The finished measurements of this case are 21” x 42”—a generous king-sized pillow case. Measurements for standard size will be given in parentheses. If you like a tighter fit, you can adjust your measurements accordingly.

Also, my main fabric does not have an obvious right or wrong side, but I have indicated that in the instructions and with notes on the images. This is a long and image-heavy post. All instructions refer to the image(s) above them. Please let us know if something doesn’t make sense.

Let’s get going, shall we?

1. Start with two panels of fabric.
    For the cuff: 9” high by 44” long.
    For the body: 38” (28) high by 44” long. (Selvedge to selvedge if you are using quilters cotton).

2. Place main fabric on top of cuff, both with right-sides up, aligning them along the 44” edge.

3. Roll main fabric up into a long sausage.

4. Pull cuff piece up over the rolled fabric and line it up at the top, sandwiching the main fabric between the two raw cuff edges.

5. It will look like this.

6. Pin those three layers together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam along the 44” inch length.

7. Pull the fabric sausage through and turn everything right side out.

8. It will look like this.

9. With right sides out (wrong sides together), fold the 44” length in half, lining up the edges of the cuffs. Make sure they are lined up at the top and at the seams. Pin down the long side and along the bottom.

10. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew along the side and along bottom, pivoting at the lower corner. You will be making one long L-shaped seam.

11. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch, turn inside out and press. The wrong side of your fabric will be facing out now.

12. With wrong sides out, sew again down the side and along the bottom, using a 1/4 inch seam.

13. Turn right side out and press. See your pretty french seam inside of your new pillow case?

14. Enjoy!