How to Sew a Pillowcase with Directional Fabric

pillowcase tutorial featuring Gnome for Christmas fabric by Tara Reed

How to Sew a Pillowcase using Directional Fabric

I have loved making pillowcases for almost 30 years. When my son was little I learned how to make them and he and I had so much fun picking out fabric for holidays, sports and more. 

He’s now 28 so it’s been a while since we had those creative outings to the fabric store but now I make them for my niece and nephews.

My Gnome for Christmas flannel from Riley Blake Designs is perfect for Christmas – cute and warm!

While pillowcases with non-directional fabric are easier, I really wanted to use the gnomes for the main fabric so I created a tutorial to show you how to make sure they don’t end up sideways or upside down on your pillow!

The video tutorial below shows how to make a pillowcase with non-directional fabric. Most of the directions are the same once you cut the main fabric, which is explained in the free PDF.


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🧵 Tara Reed

P.S. Is there a sewing tutorial you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!


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