Luxury Linen Inspired Homemade Pillowcases

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DIY Luxury Pillowcases

You really can have the loveliest of things with a little bit of DIY effort.  There are some exquisite gorgeous linen shops locally and the linens are stunning, but the prices startled me.  I cannot imagine allowing a guest to sleep on $110 pillow case.  But with a hour of my time and some cotton summer blouse material they are going to sleep on what looks like a $110 dollar pillow case.

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 These are so simple to make.  Buy some cotton blouse material with the peekaboo edging.  Wash and iron the material.  Place it good sides together.  Use your favorite pillow case as a template add and inch around and cut out the material.  I will break it down into steps for you.

Homemade Pillowcase from Lace Embossed Material

You will need:

2.5 metres (3 yards) of lace embossed material.

Matching thread.

Spare Pillowcase (for pattern)

Cut the Pillowcase Material

Start by washing and ironing your material.  Pin the material good sides together matching the lace pattern as shown in the next picture.
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Once you have your material pinned together and square, place a pillowcase  (use as pattern), on top of the material.  Make sure you have one inch around the pillowcase for seam allowance.  Pin the pillowcase securely to the material and then cut.

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Sew the Pillowcase
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Leave the pattern pillowcase on the material.  Place the sewing machine foot as close as possible to the edge of the pillowcase and sew three seams.  The opening of the pillowcase is the lace edge.
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Finish the Seams

Finish the seams with a serger, a zig zag stitch or with a rolled seam edge.  Usually I use a zig zag stitch to seal my seam edge.  As I am making ‘luxury” pillowcases I took the extra effort and roll edges my seams.

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If you can’t find the embossed material like this, purchase some percale sheets and add your own lace.
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Beautiful Lace Edged Pillowcase

These only take ten minutes to put together and make a big difference to a plain pillowcase.

Wash and iron the pillowcase and the lace.

Start at one seam allowance, leave the end of your lace 1″ past the edge.
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Sew right along the top edge of the lace and the panel seam of the pillowcase.  Sew all the way around.

When you get back to the start fold the end of the lace “under” and complete the seam.

Cut off the excess lace.  Sew from the top of the lace to the edge of the lace to seal the end.  It makes a very elegant edge.

The before and after shows the difference ten minutes can make.

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Our guest bed with the new pillowcases.

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Backstory

White linens are really easy to keep clean, you can soak them in bleach if nothing else works.  Recently we had guests stay over and they ruined my brand new pillow shams by sleeping on them with fresh hair dye.    I was never able to remove the stains, now the pillow shams are washed out from my efforts.  These pillowcases are the replacement.

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23 thoughts on “Luxury Linen Inspired Homemade Pillowcases

    1. Thanks Debra: The purchased ones are really really beautiful. But never could I have them. These ones should make guests feel special for much less. Thanks for commenting.

  1. I had no idea that linen pillows could cost so much! I have never considered making linen pillows myself, but now I am excited to try ! I so appreciate your sewing posts – I love to sew, and am always encouraged when I read sewing posts. It makes me feel like sewing is still alive and healthy!!

    1. Hello Kristin: The pillowcases are very pricey and gorgeous, but out of my league. I enjoy sewing for our home. Home made means one of a kind which I find appealing. It makes me happy to know you enjoy the sewing posts. Thanks for reaching out.

    1. Hi Marie: As you live so close I was glad you said you could relate. The cost of the fine linens really is astonishing. Truthfully I wanted one or two, but I couldn’t afford them and I would never use them.

  2. Beautiful pillowcases Leanna, I had no idea how easy it could be to make your own, what a great idea. I’d definitely not go and spend that money on pillowcases either. These look fantastic!

    1. Hi Katrin: I would be interested to know the cost of fine linens in Spain. Or craft supplies, fabric etc. I know I get really envious when my American friends show their architectural finds. They are rare out here.

  3. How beautiful! Honestly, I’d be pretty upset if someone ruined my nice pillowcases with their hair dye lol, but your replacements look awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh I was upset Randi. Hubs heard all about it lol. But what can you do, life happens.

      Thanks for commenting, hope you have a great week.

    1. Hi Carolann: When you do start sewing these little projects are really good starting projects. No buttons, pleats, or zippers. Thanks for the positive feedback.

    1. Hi Nikki: What a fun generous comment. You made my day with your perky feedback. Hugs and thanks for commenting. Leanna

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