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Make a Pillowcase with the Burrito Method

Learn how to make a pillowcase with the burrito method. This is a great beginner sewing project, and it makes a great gift for kids!

Involving my kids in the sewing process can be really enjoyable. I haven’t taught them how to sew on their own yet, but I love letting them pick fabrics when I make them something. That way there’s a much higher chance for them to like the finished project.

I’ve never purchased or made my kids their own pillowcases, so as I slowly decorate their bedrooms I thought adding a special pillowcase would be the perfect touch. We started looking at fabric online, and they got to choose the fabric they wanted.

Make a Pillowcase with the Burrito Method

The great thing about these pillowcases is that they use about 1.5 yards of fabric. You can pick from so many fun prints, and the sewing is all straight lines!

I tried to not sway my kids choices as I let them look through different fabrics. My son chose a Harry Potter inspired print, and my daughters each chose their own unicorn print. I love that the girls chose unicorns so it can kind of coordinate in their bedroom.

Make a Pillowcase with the Burrito Method

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Make a Pillowcase with the Burrito Method

How much fabric is needed to make a pillowcase?

If you are using a non-directional print you will need 1 yard of fabric for the main section and 1/4 yard of fabric for the contrast edge. You can also use a fat quarter for the constrast edge.

If you are using a directional print you will need 1.25 yard of fabric for the main section and 1/4 yard of fabric for the contrast edge. You can also use a fat quarter for the constrast edge.

All three fabrics I used were directional so I used that amount. I used a fat quarter for the edges as I will explain in the tutorial.

make pillowcase supplies fabric

Make a pillowcase with the burrito method

supplies

  • 1-1.5 yard of Quilting cotton (check above for exact amount) for main section
  • .25 yard or fat quarter of quilting cotton for contrast edge
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Start by cutting your large yardage fabric to the right size. I will call this the large rectangle.

You need a large rectangle that is 27 inches wide by 40 inches tall. The small rectangle needs to be 9 inches wide by 40 inches tall (you can use a fat quarter which you can read about below).

cut yardage into large rectangle

Cut your contrast fabric to the right size. I will call this the small rectangle.

If you are using a fat quarter you can cut it in half lengthwise and sew the short edges together.

cut fat quarter in half

When you sew the short edges together press open the seam. This might be a little longer than needed so be prepared to trim a little bit off if needed.

sew small rectangles together

Lay the large rectangle down flat with the right side up. Place the small rectangle with the right side down. The long edge of each rectangle should match up on one side. Pin these two long edges together.

pin rectangles right sides together

Flip the whole thing over so that the small rectangle is on the bottom. Start on the opposite long edge and start rolling it in a tight tube.

roll up large rectangle

Keep rolling the fabric into a tube until you start to see the contrast fabric underneath.

roll until you see fabric underneath

Grab the long edge of the small rectangle and bring it up over the tube of fabric. Match it to the pinned edge.

roll into tight tube

Remove the pins and pin all three layers of the long edges together: two sides of the small rectangle and one side of the large rectangle. This is your “burrito”.

pin three layers together

Sew the three layers together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Backstitch when you start and stop.

sew three layers together

Start pulling the tube out from inside the contrast fabric “burrito”.

start turning right side out

Keep pulling until the whole thing is turned right side out.

keep turning right side out

Unroll the fabric. Press the contrast edge on both sides to make it nice and crisp.

press edge flat

Fold the pillowcase in half with WRONG sides together matching the short edges. The contrast should match up at the same side. Pin the bottom of the pillowcase and the side of the pillowcase.

Sew the two seams with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

pin wrong sides together and sew

Trim the seam allowance down to 1/8 inch.

trim seam allowances

Turn the pillowcase right side in and poke out the corners. Sew along the previous seam at 3/8 inch seam allowance. Backstitch when you start and stop.

turn right side in and sew seam

Turn the pillowcase right side out and push out the corners.

turn right side out and poke corners

Make lots of fun pillowcases!

Make a Pillowcase with the Burrito Method

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

Make a Pillowcase with the Burrito Method

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The video is helpful and I’d love to try this! I can’t seem to find the actual dimensions for the fabric listed. Can you provide this detail as well?

Saw you on fb for this pattern and loved how quickly you made the case.
I made a different a long time ago. Yours is much easier. I’m going to try yours this weekend. After Thanksgiving 2020.