How to Make a Magic Pillowcase | with Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics

  • Published on: 20 November 2014
  • Join Jennifer as she shows you how to make this "Magic Pillowcase" using the "burrito" method. You don't see any seams, and Jen has suggestions for gifting and doing French Seams.

    Standard Pillowcase Size:
    1. Pillow Body: 27" x WOF (width of fabric, about 41")
    2. Cuff: 9" x WOF
    3. Accent Strip: 3" x WOF

    Queen Size PIllowcase
    1. Pillow Body: 30" x WOF
    2. Cuff: 9" x WOF
    3. Accent Piece: 3" x WOF

    King Size Pillowcase
    1. Pillow Body: 36" x WOF
    2. Cuff: 9" x WOF
    3. Accent Piece: 3" x WOF


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    24½ Inch Rulers:

    Olfa ® Brand Rotary Cutters:


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  • Runtime : 20:31
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  • Melissa Stanitis
    Melissa Stanitis   4 years ago

    Love your Tutorial. Excellent. My question. What if the pattern was running the length and when your pillowcase is done, it doesn't show the pattern length wise as the pillow is laying on the bed, but is running the other way? Would you cut your pillowcase pieces out differently?

  • Farmgirl W
    Farmgirl W   1 weeks ago

    Excellent tutorial and loved the instructions for the french seam. I was so disappointed that you didn't show a close up of the finished french seam!!!! The anticipation of the finished seam and no close up, so will google it to see what they look like. Keep up the great work, just love watching how you meticulously create quilts, towels, etc. Thank you so much for your videos.

  • Rlene Scorpion
    Rlene Scorpion   1 months ago

    love the technique ,Its so wonderful that you brought up the fact , how doing good things to help people in the community, or just people in need Thank you, (your a blessing)

  • Valerie Kushner
    Valerie Kushner   1 months ago

    My 5 year old granddaughter and I made one of these over Christmas. It was a great beginner project she selected the fabrics from my stash.

  • Suzy Solvesky
    Suzy Solvesky   1 months ago

    Hi, and thank you for your great video. I have one question. Since the accent piece is only sewn along the edge where it meets the cuff, and not where it meets the main fabric of the pillow case, doesn't this result in a sort of messy free edge when you sleep on it, or even after washing? It would bother me and I think I would feel compelled to stitch it down. Does anyone else feel this way? Thanks again!

  • Eva Ruiz
    Eva Ruiz   1 months ago

    Jennifer, really enjoyed your video. I made some for my 2 year old granddaughter. Now my other grandchildren want their own. I will be busy since I have 5 grandchildren. Thank you and God Bless you.

  • Marian Robinson
    Marian Robinson   1 months ago

    I don’t understand the last step for the French seam

  • Lois m
    Lois m   1 months ago

    i got some as gifts - so nice to know how they were made. my only problem was that no matter how many times washed, pillow fabric never got soft enough. so i replaced with not so much magic flannel.

  • Mike Riddle
    Mike Riddle   1 months ago

    Just found this tutorial and subscribed to your site. Love this pillowcase! Simple, cute and fun. A little different from my pattern. Thank you for sharing. (Debbie)

  • Debbie Moore
    Debbie Moore   2 months ago

    Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. My seven year old granddaughter is wanting to sew on my machine. She has been hand sewing for about 6 mos while I machine sew. I think this will be a great first project. I cant wait to take her this weekend to pick out fabric. Thanks in advance for our fantastic weekend we will have.

  • Ana Eccles
    Ana Eccles   2 months ago

    Hi love your pillow tutorial. Could I use this seamless method for a envelope pillow case?

  • screamingeorge1
    screamingeorge1   2 months ago

    Close ups need more close up. Can’t see what u mean

  • Doug Marsh
    Doug Marsh   2 months ago

    I was shown this about the time your original video came out and even though I wrote the directions down I couldn't read what I wrote. While there is other YouTube videos on making these yours is the best. Thanks

  • Ruby Benn
    Ruby Benn   2 months ago

    can you make a kitchen scallop valance using the scallop and vines ruler

  • K. Sharp
    K. Sharp   2 months ago

    Excellent video! Why so many dislikes?

  • Pam m
    Pam m   2 months ago

    Add an extra inside flap of fabric to secure the pillow inside without seeing it, good for sleep over pillows used with sleeping bags.

  • Elizabeth Shaw
    Elizabeth Shaw   2 months ago

    It was also hand-sewing. No I am not old enough to have been born before sewing machines but they just didn't keep them at school. So we did them by hand. :-) I'm sure I don't have

  • Elizabeth Shaw
    Elizabeth Shaw   2 months ago

    They taught us to make pillow cases and stuffed animals without any seams showing when I was in junior high school a hundred years ago.

  • B JW
    B JW   2 months ago

    Great tutorial, someone tried to explain this pillowcase to me several years ago and I couldn't get it. Your video made it all become clear. I have been sewing 60 + years and love it but don't sew much anymore. One tip, if you had pressed those seams before turning the fabric it would have made it much easier to do the French seam (advice from my mother).

  • samonen
    samonen   2 months ago

    12-step program? Like Sewers Anonymous? What if you lose a shirt button and simply relapse...

  • Sheila Hansen
    Sheila Hansen   2 months ago

    Thankyou for your video your a very good teacher to show us how to make the pillow case

  • Nadyne Buck
    Nadyne Buck   3 months ago

    I've taught these hundreds of times in my shop. We call it the hot dog pillowcase. Here's a tip for getting that french seam to roll properly: You can use a damp wool scrap to help it roll or insert the seam over the ironing board before turning it out. Press the seam flat, then turn the pillowcase wrong side out and iron the seam together. It should come together without ripples. (I also teach heirloom sewing).

  • jennifer robinson
    jennifer robinson   3 months ago

    I’ve made SEVERAL of these. But even after trimming selvedges (per directions), the pieces aren’t the same length. What am I doing wrong?

  • Hilda Moore
    Hilda Moore   3 months ago

    Shabby Fabric these are phenomenal I will make 5000 to donate all of them to the many children of St Jude these babies suffer and the glow glamour glitter and graphics will give praise power and promises to their lives thanks for such a great feature

  • Erica Bates
    Erica Bates   3 months ago

    Hello, thank you 😁 this magic pillowcase is Magic with this technique 😂💕 & I just adore the Gingerbread man fabric you used 😁💕 Erica x

  • Debbie Lucas
    Debbie Lucas   3 months ago

    Great tutorial. Good voice, no repeating instruction and dragging out into a long boring tutorial. To the point, very good!! Thanks for showing how to do french seam.

  • rebecca estrada
    rebecca estrada   3 months ago

    I love this pillow. I just made one for my son with eagles on it for Christmas

  • Sandra Van Lankvelt
    Sandra Van Lankvelt   3 months ago

    Wow awesome folding of fabric to sew all 3 layers together at one time.

  • Karen Bearden
    Karen Bearden   3 months ago

    Thanks Jennifer, great tutorial and I'm so glad to learn this neat trick! Can't wait to try it.

  • Kathleen Frost
    Kathleen Frost   3 months ago

    I made two of these in sugar cookie fabric as "Christmas Eve presents," so they could have "sweet dreams."

  • Aidan Gilbert
    Aidan Gilbert   3 months ago

    If I were making pillowcases for a queen or king bed, do you know what the measurement of the main fabric would be? This is the best tutorial I have seen, and the French seam was a brilliant addition. Thank you so much.

  • yupyup1562
    yupyup1562   3 months ago

    Super cute. Thank you for the tutorial, and another reason I like to sew the 1/4" seam then trim to 1/8" is to remove any frayed edges, which have a tendency to stick out of the final seam if you don't. It makes a cleaner looking final seam.