Today’s sewing tutorial will teach you how to sew a pillowcase with a flap for your bed in 15 minutes using the Burrito Method. You will need a few supplies and a sewing machine. I’ll show you how easy it really is to make your own standard pillowcase with inner flap. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn the easiest way to make a decorative standard size pillowcase. Learn how to sew a pillowcase with this quick pattern using the burrito method, and you’ll spruce up every bedroom in the house! Get the free pattern!
This quick and easy project will not only add a touch of personalized charm to your bedroom but also leave you with a sense of accomplishment as you create a functional, handmade item for your home. It’s also a great beginner sewing project and you only need about a yard of fabric to make one standard pillowcase. You don’t need a fancy sewing machine or even a serger machine either, I’ll show you how to secure your seams with two rows of straight line stitches.
One of my pillowcases for my bed ripped a few weeks ago and needed to be tossed in the trash. That’s good news for you because this is a tutorial on how to sew a standard bed pillowcase that looks so professional because it has a flap and piping. There are several ways you can make DIY pillowcases but today we are using the sewing process called the “Burrito Method” and you are going to love how fast and easy this simple project is. There are no exposed seams when you use this method, it’s so clever, fast and fun to make. It looks store bought and expensive but you made it with your own two hands and a few pieces of fabric. The flap and piping elevates the pillowcase to the next level. Let me show you how to do it.
After you read this post, make sure you also check out How To Learn How To Quilt: Beginner Quilting Guide. It’s jam packed with even more information, links and resources that are so helpful when you’re first learning. It also has a section with free quilt patterns that are great for beginners. So make sure you check this out, seriously don’t forget! Be sure to check out my other sewing and quilting free patterns and tutorials, they are linked at the bottom of this post.
How to Sew a Pillowcase with Flap – Instructions
- Fabric: You need a yard of main fabric.
- Contrasting or coordinating fabric for the flap and piping – You need 1/4 yard for flap and 1 jelly roll strip for the piping.
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
- Cutting Mat
- Straight pins
- Iron and ironing board
You need three different fabrics for this pillowcase. All three fabrics should be folded in half, the way the fabric is folded and cut when you buy it off the bolt. Grab yardage fabric from your stash, it’s a great way to use up fabric especially large prints. My pillowcase has three different fabrics by Lori Holt of Riley Blake Designs. All were purchased in the discount racks at my local fabric store for $3.49 a yard. The Granny Chic fabric with the blue and green roses reminds me of my grandma’s house and sleeping over on her rose fabric bedding. This is the PERFECT project for my rose fabric. More info on how to shop for the best fabric like a pro, click here. Total amount of fabric for this project is around one yard, that’s not much fabric.
Main fabric: Granny Chic Blue Roses 27″ by WOF (width of the fabric)
Flap fabric: Bee Backgrounds Gray Honey 9″ by WOF
Piping fabric: Farm Girl Vintage Green Tractor 2″ by WOF
Step-by-Step Instructions for Burrito Method:
We will layer the fabric pieces on top of each other along the top edge of the pillowcase. The raw edge of the fabric will always be facing upwards. We will roll the pillowcase upwards, pin and sew the top edge of the pillowcase to form a burrito. Then unroll the pillowcase by pulling the fabric from the middle out. Last step is to sew around the side edges of the pillowcase to finish it off. Here are the step-by-step instructions with a few pics too. Gather all the materials mentioned above and ensure your sewing machine is in good working order. Use quilting cotton fabric so your pillowcase will be soft and durable.
Using the measurements above, cut the main body fabric, flap fabric and piping fabric to the measurements listed above. Before you start cutting, make sure that all three fabrics are folded in half, the way the fabric is folded when you buy it off the bolt. This is the width of the fabric. Main 27″ x WOF, Flap 9″ x WOF and Piping 2″ x WOF.
Lay all three pieces of fabric on your cutting mat so the salvage edge for all three is facing to the right and in the sam direction. Lay the main fabric out first, still folded with salvage edge to the right. Then lay the flap fabric, still folded with salvage edge to the right but line this up with the left side of the main fabric. Do the same with the piping fabric.
Take your straight line quilt ruler and rotary cutter and trim off the salvage at one time. This will keep all pieces of fabric the same width.
Next, iron and press the flap fabric and piping fabric in half, right side of fabric facing you.
After you are done cutting, lay all three layers face up in the order listed below.
First layer is the flap fabric. Unfold it and lay it flat on your table, right side of fabric facing you.
Second layer is the main fabric. Unfold it and lay it on top of the flap fabric, right side of the fabric facing you.
Third layer is the piping fabric. Keep this folded in half with right side of fabric facing you. Lay this on top of the main fabric with the raw edge facing the top.
Roll the main fabric up, starting at the bottom.
Then take the flap fabric, pull up and over (wrong side of the fabric will be facing up.
Pin in place, lining up with raw edge at the top of the pillowcase.
Pin all the layer in place using clips or straight pins.
It will look like a burrito. Sew 1/2″ inch seam allowance along edge.
Pull tube out, grabbing main fabric from the inside of burrito. Press with iron.
Fold pillowcase over on top of itself (right sides facing each other).
Sew the two sides up with a 1/2″ seam, make sure to line up at the piping side seams and the top of pillowcase.
Then sew the two sides again with 1/4″ seam to create a double seam line. Note: My Juki is the only machine I own and can only straight stitch. You just need to finish the seam line to make it durable. You can use a serger machine, zigzag stitch or french seam too.
Give your pillowcase a crisp finish by pressing it with an iron. Pay special attention to the seams and corners for a polished look.
How to Sew a Pillowcase with Flap – BEGINNER QUILTING SUPPLIES
Here are some quilting supplies that are great for quilters that I use and highly recommend. For more info, check out Quilting Supplies for Beginners (Best Tools To Start).
- Rotary Mat Cutting Mat (Self-Healing Mat)
- 28 mm Rotary Cutter
- 28 mm Rotary Cutter Replacement Blades
- 45 mm Rotary Cutter with Sharp Blade (start with this one)
- 45 mm Rotary Cutter Replacement Blades (start with this one)
- 60 mm Rotary Cutter
- 60 mm Rotary Cutter Replacement Blades
- 5″ x 20″ Quilting Straight Line Ruler
- 4.5″ Quilting Square Ruler for half square triangles
- 12.5″ Quilting Square Ruler for quilt blocks
- Cut Resistant Gloves
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Thread
- Universal Sewing Needles
- Cotton Batting
- Sewing Machine Beginner (see my about me page for more info on sewing machines for beginners to the one I use today)
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SEW NIKKI RESOURCES – HOW TO’S AND FREE PATTERNS
- Learn How To Quilt: Beginner Quilting Guide
- How to Quilt on a Regular Sewing Machine
- How to Make Pinwheel Quilt Block (Free Throw Quilt Pattern)
- Printable Pinwheel Quilt Pattern – Jolly Table Topper Tutorial
- Log Cabin Quilt Pattern – On Point Scrappy Blocks
- How to Sew Binding on a Quilt – Quilting Tutorial
- 5 Yard Quilt Pattern Free – Chevron Throw Quilt
- How to Make Half Square Triangles – Easy Formula Chart
- Best Fabric for Quilting: How to Shop Like a Pro!
- How to Baste a Quilt: Beginner Spray Basting Tutorial
- Pieced Quilt Backing Ideas – Super Simple Backs
- Quilt As You Go Patterns: Table Runner Free Pattern
- Charm Square On Point Quilt Pattern & Tutorial
- Log Cabin Table Runner (Free Pattern)
- Table Runner DIY – Simple Quilted Table Runner
- How to Make Heat Proof Recycled Denim Potholders
- Chevron Quilt Pattern – Make Easy Placemats Two Ways
- How to Bind a Quilt – Easy Single Fold Binding
- The ABC Baby Quilt Sewing Pattern (Free, Easy)
- How to Sandwich A Quilt Step-By-Step Tutorial
- How Wide To Cut Quilt Binding & Make Easy Strips
- Easy Quilt Patterns – How To Make Charm Square Quilt
- How to Machine Quilt With Walking Foot For Beginners
- How to Sew a Quilt Together – Quilting for Beginners
- Mini Quilt Patterns, TQC “July” Postcard Pattern Review
- Quilting Supplies for Beginners (Best Tools to Start)
- How To Cut Fabric For Quilting (Easy and Accurate)
- How to Make Stunningly Beautiful Log Cabin Quilt Block
- Quilting Tips For Beginners (10 Essential Tips)
- How To Make Quilt With Sashing and Cornerstones
- Quilt Blocks, The Nonsense Table Topper Review
- How To Be Successful and Spend Less – New Quilter Tips
- Quilt Patterns, “Positive Effect” Pattern Review
- How To Join Quilt Binding Ends, Beginner Series
ABOUT SEW NIKKI
If this is your first time stopping by, welcome! My name is Nikki. I’m a weekend quilter, have a super small sewing space and taught myself how to sew and quilt by watching YouTube videos! My blog has How-To’s, Free Patterns and Pattern Reviews. Read more about me here.
Learning how to sew a pillowcase with a flap In just 15 minutes is fun, fast and easy. You’ve crafted a bed pillowcase that not only looks stunning but also brings a sense of accomplishment. There’s something magical about creating items for your home that are both useful and infused with your personal touch.
Marvel at the beautiful pillowcase you’ve just created! The combination of the burrito method, piping, and flap adds a professional touch to your handmade creation.
Enjoy the comfort of your new pillowcase, knowing that it was made with love and skill. Happy sewing!
Want to learn how to crochet? Then check out this post, How to Learn How to Crochet – Guide for Beginners.
Sew, quilt, crochet and repeat!